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Metallica May Never Record Their New Album

  • Axl Rosenberg

metallica procrastinationMetallica taking a long time in-between albums is nothing new — there were four years in-between the release of Justice and The Black Album, and it’s been five years in-between the release of every album since (unless you count Loutallica). But it has now been more than six years since the release of Death Magnetic — and it looks like it could be another year or two before the follow-up materializes.

What’s the hold up? Well, as far as I can tell, nobody in the band actually wants to make a new album. Remember, Kirk Hammett said this…

“We’ve pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we’ve run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now.”

almost A YEAR AGO. He also claimed that “We’re a band that never has a shortage of ideas.” So, no excuses, no shortage of ideas — surely, they must have made some good headway on this thing by now, right?

Well… not really! In a new interview, bassist Robert Trujillo admits…

“We’re just blueprinting everything right now. There are a lot of ideas, a lot of song bodies, you gotta go through the process.”

Wow. “Song bodies.” Not even finished songs. “Blueprinting.” Not even “blueprinted.” Metallica are still actively in the process of making the blueprint. Building the actual house is a ways away yet.

Of course, there’s that “we have a lot of ideas” sentiment again. But you still have to wonder why it takes so goddamn long to turn those ideas into finished songs. Is it a lack of enthusiasm, as Hammett’s “we’ve run out of excuses” remark suggests? Does the band just constantly second- and third-guess everything? That must be aggravating. Why would they do that? Do they not have any ideas that excite them, regardless of what anyone else will think?

It sounds like Metallica are just going through the same stale process they went through on every album since The Black Album. Which I understand, because it’s worked out so well for them in the past. If they didn’t go through this whole rigamarole, the world might have been denied Load, St. Anger, and Death Magnetic! Then where would we be?!?!

[via Metal Injection]

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