KIRK HAMMETT On Upcoming METALLICA Album: It’s ‘Very Appropriate For The Times’

Kirk Hammett 2020 Interview

During a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke about the band’s new music and what they are trying to archive with new album.

METALLICA has always been about bringing people together through music,” Kirk said. “I think the sentiment now is that people need music more than ever to bring everyone together and collectively celebrate that we’ve got to this point. There’s a lot of division in the world, and hopefully this METALLICA album will cut through the division and bring people together in ways that are more beneficial for everyone over all.

“We’ve tried to make the most of the COVID year and a half, and we’ve been pretty successful. We’ve got together remotely and worked, and we’ve got together [properly] and worked. Things are moving really well. I would say that the music we’re coming up with is very appropriate for the times.

“Music should bring everyone together, it should be a celebration,” he added. “That’s what music is about. It’s not about selling albums or getting Grammys, it’s about putting out good music and helping the situation with that music.”

During an appearance on episode 11 of “The Fierce Life” podcast in late March, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield confirmed that he and his bandmates have been working on music for the follow-up to 2016’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct album.

“It’s either touring or writing, so COVID chose for us. There wasn’t a lot of touring going on, so we get to write music,” he said.

When asked if METALLICA is planning to release a new full-length album or just a few songs, Hetfield responded: “Well, hopefully a new album. Whatever you call it these days — I guess it’s an album, a CD, a group of songs, a collection, whatever, a stream or however you get your music now. But, yeah, a bunch of songs. We wrote quite a few songs. So we’ll see how many we like first, and then we’ll put ’em out. We’re pretty selfish that way; we like what we write as well.”

Dates and tickets for upcoming METALLICA shows can be found here.