Guitarist Kirk Hammett says Metallica are set to start working on material for their new album “in a couple of weeks.”
“When we start, that’s going to be our main priority,” Hammett tells Billboard, “and we’re pretty excited about it because we’ve been saying we need to start working on this album, but we’ve been procrastinating greatly with it. 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.”
The delays, Hammett says, is the idea of dealing with an overabundance of musical ideas the group has assembled.
“We’re a band that never has a shortage of ideas,” he notes. “You hear about these bands that are sitting in the studio and they don’t have any songs, what are they gonna do? That’s not Metallica. Metallica’s problem is the total opposite. We have too many ideas. James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That’s formidable.”
Metallica have a solid few weeks ahead of them, with a Grammy Awards performance with classical pianist Lang Lang on January 26, the DVD/Blu-ray release of “Metallica Through The Never” on January 28 and Kirk Hammett’s FEAR FestEvil in San Francisco on February 6-8.