“We are fucking in it,” Lars Ulrich says about the next Metallica album. If that’s not confirmation enough that they’re making progress, how about 20? That’s the amount of songs that the band tell Rolling Stone they’ve written for their new album. “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them,” Ulrich says. It’s pretty close.” The magazine says that Metallica will likely enter the pro-production phase in the near future, and they hope to be playing some of the new songs on their 2015 tour.
Ulrich also tells the magazine that there won’t be any quick surprises, like U2, Drake and Beyonce have done recently, with their follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. “It’s not like we’re going to do one of those things where we’ll just give it to iTunes on Thursday without telling anybody,” he says. “That’s not in the cards.” He also tells them that they’re trying to keep the album a little more spontaneous than previous albums, saying there’s a “distinct difference” between the creative phase and the recording phase, and they want to try to bridge those two a little more.
So what’s inspiring Ulrich for the next album, which still doesn’t have a producer? A song that they’ve already recorded for it:
“I was flipping around on iTunes and somehow ended up looking up Metallica,” he says. “I heard 30 seconds of ‘Lords of Summer’ on the preview, and I was like, ‘Wow, it actually sounds pretty good.’ I hadn’t remembered it since we played it last, and I was like, ‘It’s not so bad.'”
So there you have it. Metallica thinks that the only thing recorded for the new album is “not so bad.” Here’s hoping the full album isn’t so bad either.
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