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Metallica frontman James Hetfield has told Australian rock station Triple M that the band wants to get to work on its next album, but that "gigs keep popping up" which delay work on the group's 10th studio effort. While performing down under at the Soundwave Festival, Hetfield was asked about the status of the next Metallica record. He replied, "We're trying to write (new material), but gigs keep popping up that are too exciting to stay home for. We have lots of material (we've been) working on from the day (2008 album) Death Magnetic ended all the way up until now."


  • Hetfield added that there are "tons of material," a statement echoed by bassist Robert Trujillo when we asked him not long ago: "James usually comes up with a lot of stuff. He's the kind of guy where he plugs in his guitar, turns a volume knob or a, you know, a tone knob, and he comes up with, you know, the greatest riff that you can imagine. So in that case, there's no shortage of riffs and ideas."
  • Asked what the new material sounds like, Hetfield told Triple M, "I don't know where it's going yet but we've got lots of different sounds, different styles. We're certainly not afraid of jumping into past 'feels.' After Death Magnetic, we've stopped running hard and started embracing some of our past. Master Of Puppets was kind of a core reference for Death Magnetic."
  • The singer/guitarist, warned, however, that fans should never expect the band to make an album that sounds exactly like one of their older classics. He said, "It's like they're asking you to recreate a memory in their past and you cannot do that . . . We're one of those bands that doesn't really care what people want."
  • Metallica will headline its second annual Orion Music + More festival this June in Detroit, and plans to release a theatrical 3D movie called Metallica: Through The Never on August 9th.
  • The movie splits its time between the band playing a gig and one of its road crew who is on a vital mission. Hetfield said about the film, "The footage is unbelievable but we wanted a storyline along with it . . . (it's) about one of the runners in the show who goes on this crazy adventure trying to find this 'bag' that we need for the end of the show. There is a plot, but we're still trying to figure it out!"

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Metallica perform "Master Of Puppets" at the Soundwave Festival:


  • Should Metallica stop taking all these "exciting" gigs and get down to business on the next album sometime before, say, 2020?
  • Do you think the band is nervous about making a new album and having something to say?
  • Despite what Hetfield said, should Metallica care about what people want? Or should they just follow their artistic muse?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

godflesh wrote: "Not surprised you don't care what people want. You don't care about the quality of your music as well."

UlverShuggah wrote: "as a teenager these guys, and hetfield in particular, were gods to they're just d*** head, famous, millionaire rockstars - so out of touch with their fanbase that they couldn't rekindle that special vibe from the classic era even if they wanted to."

Sontaron wrote: "Metallica have recorded 2 albums of new material in the last 15 years. I can't think of any other band that have never actually split up that have released such little new music. One of those was absolutely dreadful as well. It's hard to care about them any more."

Pod wrote: "These guys tour way too much. Death Magnetic imo was a solid enough album but you could tell it was a little unfocused and the ideas were too stretched out, it's symptomatic of a band who jam on the road too much and don't sit down and write a song properly."

Metallica's Robert Trujillo Says James Is Always Coming Up With New Music

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