In a new interview with HeavyMetalAbout.com METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has confirmed that the band is in process of recording some new songs for long awaited album. Couple of excerpts from the interview follows below.
HeavyMetalAbout: “Metallica are at the point in your career where you don’t have to record new albums. You’re able to do it when you want and how you want. As an artist, is that freeing?”
Kirk Hammet: “Absolutely. One always wants to work at the pace that they’re most comfortable at. It’s been about, what, seven or eight years since our last album? It doesn’t feel like that to me, but I know it is. Our first three albums came out our first three years, and for some reason that boggles my mind nowadays. Back then, it was just what everyone did. New year, new album and tour.
Even a generation before that it was every six months a new album and tour. So, having said all that, taking seven or eight years between albums is a lot of time, but we’ve filled it up with other things, like making a movie, making an album with Lou Reed, going on tour pretty regularly.
Let me just say that I’m grateful that we’re at a point where we can put out an album at our own pace, because there’s just so much other stuff that takes up Metallica time that’s maybe not as equally as important, but just as relevant.
So, the answer to your question is yeah, it’s great being able to work at your own pace, and still be able to be a father and be a husband, and everything else that comes in the wake of that. We have songs, and we are recording them, so that’s a good sign.”
Read entire interview at this location.
2008’s Death Magnetic debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 490,000 copies in just three days of availability. It is the band’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at #1, making METALLICA the first and, to date, only band to have five consecutive studio album releases to do so. The album marked the highest first week sales for the group since 1996’s Load.