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Metallica seems to be taking a page out of Tool's playbook these days by offering vague or even contradictory statements about the status of the band's next studio album. Although drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo seemed to have indicated in recent interviews that at least some writing for the album had taken place, frontman James Hetfield has a different take.


Hetfield told Abu Dhabi's That's Entertainment, "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."

  • Ulrich said recently that he would be surprised if the album came out before 2015, while guitarist Kirk Hammett agreed in a separate interview, "We're recording stuff here and there, but it's a pretty slow process."
  • Bassist Robert Trujillo told us a while back that he thought the band's next album could be even better than its last, 2008's Death Magnetic: "I have a feeling that this next record is gonna be really cool. Death Magnetic, as great as it is, I think it's, to me it was like establishing ourselves as a creative team with this unit, and you know, also reuniting with that thrashy element which is apparent in a lot of the material."
  • Asked in a new interview with Revolver about the next album, Ulrich said, "We're in the early stages of writing, and all I can say is there are some good things lurking," adding, "2014 is a bit optimistic for the album to come out, so '15 is more realistic. But listen, there's no rush. It's gonna take what it takes. I don't feel stressed about it, but that doesn't mean we don't care."
  • Metallica fans can next see the band headlining their own festival, Orion Music + More, on June 8th and 9th in Detroit, and then wait for the September 27th release of Metallica: Through The Never, an IMAX 3D feature film that combines concert footage with a fictional narrative.

SIDE NOTES: The governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has had to turn over his autographed Metallica bass guitar to the government temporarily, while authorities determine whether the instrument was merely a gift or a violation of ethics rules. Widodo received the bass from Robert Trujillo, but must give it up to the state within 30 days according to laws regarding gifts to state officials. If the state determines that no rules were broken, the governor will get it back. (Jakarta Globe)

LISTENERS' POLL: Should Metallica take as long as it wants/needs to make its next album?

CHECK IT OUT: Watch James Hetfield's interview with That's Entertainment:

INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?

Todd Rumsey wrote: "James and the bunch don't need to rush their process for anyone anywhere."

Eric Chism wrote: "When they were a young band, they had deadlines. Now that they are the monster Metallica machine, they can do what they want when they want. I would love to hear some new stuff now, but I can wait. I am pretty sure that when it does come out, it will be awesome."

warwolf1975 wrote: "Can anyone really say that they are eagerly awaiting a new Metallica album? I love Metallica. But I seriously don't care if they ever record another album. I would be happy if they keep touring, coming up with innovative ways to present their extensive back catalog of music."

Pizzaparty wrote: "Already sick of hearing about the album that haven't written yet."

Metallica's Robert Trujillo On The Next Record

Read more at Babbermouth and Loudwire

Read what Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett say at Blabbermouth

Loudwire reports autographed Metallica bass leads to Jakarta government investigation  Read more at Classic Rock

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