Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has fans buzzing after a new interview with Guitar World magazine, where he promised that, "We totally want to make an album...We've all said to each other that September is gonna be the time when we buckle down. I know I told everyone it was gonna be last January...but that's just the way it goes!"
Hammett echoed his bandmates in blaming touring and family commitments for the delay in following up 2008's "Death Magnetic," but he tells us that Metallica is well aware that fans are getting tired of the excuses:
Kirk Hammett on finally recoring a new Metallica album by GMI Rock News
"We've been saying we need to start working on this album but we've been procrastinating greatly with it. We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, and we've run out of excuses. We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, and we've run out of excuses. We pretty much have to work on it now."
Metallica has worked on some new material and debuted the song "The Lords of Summer" during its recent South American tour. The group begins a summer European tour on May 28 at the Sonisphere Festival in Helsinki, Finland, and will also make an appearance at the San Francisco Giants' second annual Metallica Night, taking place May 16 with ticket proceeds benefitting the Bay Area Chapter of Little Kids Rock.