Metallica Have “Lots of [New] Material” Written, Says Lars Ulrich
At the dawn of the pandemic, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich intimated the band would be looking at using the downtime to write new material. It felt like one of those affirmations people optimistically say — yeah, totally, we’re gonna make the most of it, maaaan! — but lo and behold, the band have actually made good on that promise with James, Kirk and now Lars all using superlatives in the press recently to proclaim how much new music they’ve written.
Speaking to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Ulrich revealed:
“Between you and I and nobody else, we have a call at two o’clock today, the four of us, to talk about what’s next, after spending the two weeks in the bubble [rehearsing for the Metallica drive-in concert] and having the best time ever reconnecting. We’re looking forward to what’s next.
“We’ve spent a few of the summer months trading riffs, trading ideas, throwing creative thoughts back and forth through Zoom calls and through other technologies. And we’re looking forward to getting to it. [There is] lots of material to share with the world. And it’s just a matter of the practicals and being able to sort of figure out how to get it going as quick as possible.”
“We are trying to find any possible ways to connect with our fans and with the Metallica family. And I think that a positive coming out of these five dark months is that it’s forcing you to just rethink what you know and what we’re so used to. So a new world order calls for new experimental times and shenanigans. So let’s see how it plays out.”
Ulrich previously said that while he appreciates all that technology has brought to the table to allow the band to connect during this time, they’re looking to get together in a “bubble” as soon as possible to jam out some of their new ideas in person, the method they’ve been utilizing to write since day one. And it sounds like they may have some other events percolating in the meantime too.
We will, naturally, keep you updated.