New Metallica album described
Virginia Fuel, Virginia’s local chapter of the Metallica Club (the official METALLICA fan club), has published an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich’s longtime assistance Steven Wiig. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Virginia Fuel: Have you had a chance to listen to the new stuff that METALLICA is working on for the new album?
Steve Wiig: “I hear it all of the time. I can’t get away from it. (laughing) I’m usually in or around the studio with them. There’s some fast stuff, heavy stuff, slow stuff. There’s some stuff on there that sounds a little bit closer to the “Fade to Black”/”Sanitarium”/”One”-style of song… the clean guitar/riff thing, a great melody… verse stuff with the heavy chorus and the ending blows the shit out of the roof. It’s cool to hear them doing that kind of thing again. That’s what Rick [Rubin, producer] has been saying — don’t be afraid of doing more of what you do really well. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Just make a really good METALLICA record.”
Wiig added, “So far — as far as I know — James [Hetfield] is doing all of the lyrics himself, and not necessarily like what was done for “St. Anger” (the group effort). I’d imagine Rick would want James to go off into his own world and tap into his own things and get lyrics that come from the heart. Myself, I’ve written songs (for bands that I’ve been in) both ways (alone and collaboratively) and they both have their own strengths and weaknesses. I think James’ track record has definitely shown he is capable of coming up with some deep shit (lyrics) when he taps into it on his own. I’m anxious to hear what he digs up lyrically.”