Metallica: New Album Is A “Heavier ‘Black Album’”
Metallica will unleash a brand new album in 2012, and the band have spoken to US mag Rolling Stone about the way it’s all shaping up.
“We’re about seven, eight songs into it,” drummer Lars Ulrich states. “We do it in rounds. We come up with something, we leave it, go to the next thing, come up with something basic, leave it and circle back around. Next month we’ll go back and start embellishing: ‘Let’s double that one part and come up with a middle bit.’”
“If ‘Death Magnetic’ was a logical successor to [1988's] ‘…And Justice For All’, the next album will be a heavier Black Album,” adds guitarist Kirk Hammett, referring to the band’s all-conquering 1991 self-titled classic. “We’re not going to the depths of complexity that we did for ‘Death Magnetic’. The stuff we’re coming up with is more groove-oriented, a heavier version of what we were doing in the early Nineties.”
Interesting. The band have also announced that there is a 3D Metallica movie in the works, which should see a release some time this summer. “Imagine if you took [Led Zeppelin flick] ‘The Song Remains The Same’,” says Lars of the film, “which is 75 percent concert, 25 percent other stuff, and flipped it around. And all the nonconcert footage, instead of being about the band members, is a story that unfolds, set against the backdrop of the concert.”
So another quiet year for the biggest band in metal, then.
You can read more about Metallica in the mega current issue of Metal Hammer, where we take a look at the chaos that unfolded when the band attempted to play their first ever concert in India in late 2011.
And, if that’s not enough, you can also see what Hammer scribe Dom Lawson made of the new Metallica EP, ‘Beyond Magnetic’, below. Nice.