METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke about new band’s album to NBC Sports on June 6 before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins in San Jose: “We’re mixing it now, so hopefully by fall it’ll be out and hitting people’s ears. We’re super stoked about it. It’s been a long time coming, and, you know, this is what we do. We love playing. And the next album is exactly what it’s supposed to be. So we’re excited about it.”
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In a recent interview with Metal Forces, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s new album, saying it “will be done this summer”.
He said: “We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe.”
He added: “The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.”
The new METALLICA album is being recorded at the band’s headquarters in San Rafael, California with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed “Death Magnetic”.
“Greg Fidelman is 24/7 on this record and has been since last summer,” said Ulrich. “He’s doing an insanely great job and has been putting his heart and soul in it pretty much every waking moment of his life in helping us engineer and produce this record.”