By: Annie Scaramuzzino
Both guitarist Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich have already hinted that the process for Metallica’s upcoming album is moving quite slow, with Ulrich even stating in an interview with Channel24 that he would "be surprised" if the LP dropped before 2015.
Now, lead singer James Hetfield has mimicked these sentiments, explaining to Abu Dhabi’s That’s Entertainment that the metal icons haven’t even put a pen to paper yet lyric-wise and are currently in the process of sorting out their many ideas for the new record.
Hefield stated, “We haven’t even started writing it. We’re going through riffs. We have, like, 800-and-something riffs we’re going through lots of ideas. We’re really excited about it, but doing concerts here and there, trying to get back in the studio and get some stuff done, it’s all really exciting. But it gets done on Metallica time, which is not really scheduled. When it’s done, it’s done and when it’s good, then it will be done.”
Between the band’s latest installment of their Orion Music + More Festival, slated for June in Detroit, as well as their 3D film Through the Never on its way in September, Metallica has more than enough already on their plates.
It’s reassuring to know that when the group does release their next studio album, it’ll be of the quality that Metallica has become known for through the decades, and not just rushed onto shelves.
Watch James Hetfield’s entire interview with That’s Entertainment below and head to the band’s official website for more updates!