James Hetfield Confirms Metallica Working On New Album But It’s Kind Of ‘Bizarre’
Metallica frontman James Hetfield opened up about the upcoming projects of the band during an interview with ‘The Fierce Life’ podcast and apparently, Metallica is planning on releasing a new album which had a strange working process because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As many of you know, it’s been nearly five years since Metallica released a recording which was the tenth studio album, ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct‘ released as a double album on November 18, 2016. The album and the previous recording, ‘Death Magnetic’ had the longest time gap between two albums in the band’s career with 8 years apart.
The album achieved a great deal of success thanks to debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 291,000 album-equivalent units within its first week, and topping the charts in 57 countries, thus, received generally positive reviews both from critics and fans.
However, fans have been craving for new material from Metallica for years now, and two members of the band, drummer Lars Ulrich, bassist Rob Trujillo both shared posts on their official Instagram pages, increasing the hopes for Metallica that probably started working on a new album.
During a recent interview, James Hetfield was asked about the band’s future projects, if they are planning on releasing a few songs or a full album, and seemingly, Metallica is planning to release a brand new album rather than just a couple of tracks.
Here is what Hetfield said:
“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.”
In addition to this, Metallia’s lead vocalist opened up about the writing and creation process of the band while revealing that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the whole procedure and the band members actually started working together via Zoom meetings which was totally weird according to Hetfield.
Here is what Hetfield said:
“This time was a little different, for sure. ‘Cause of COVID, just sitting at home and getting a little bit antsy and just feeling creative at the same time and wanting to get together, I started doing a weekly Zoom with those guys just to check-in. And then I just told them one time, ‘Hey, I’m gonna write something. I’m just gonna play something and send it to you guys. You do whatever you want with it and see what happens and layer on to it.’ So that’s how we did a version of ‘Blackened‘ 2020. I just basically played something. They hadn’t heard it before. They played on it. Then it kind of got layered together.
Then we started experimenting with writing on Zoom. Lars and I would get together, or Kirk and Lars, and we would get little bits of time here and there writing. It was difficult because of the delay in the sound, so we couldn’t actually play together, but we would play to a click track and watch each other play. We had our producer, who was running my computer while I was playing. He was running my computer from L.A., and I’m in Vail. And then Lars had an assistant running his computer from L.A. — he’s up here in San Francisco — and we were playing together, and it was pretty bizarre. We started writing. We got about — I don’t know — over 10 songs going that way. And then we finally got together. There’s only so much you can do on Zoom.”
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