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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

METALLICA: NEW Album Update From James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich!

The METALLICA machine never stops! For the past 3+ years, the Kings of Thrash Metal have been busy touring the entire world in support of their night studio album 'Death Magnetic' (released on September 12, 2008 via Warner Bros.). While the band still has numerous tour dates planned (dates below), both James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich updated their devoted fan base about the bands 10th studio album. This are some excerpts of an interview that METAL HAMMER magazine conducted with the two Metal icons.

Lars Ulrich: "We're circling the NEW stuff. We've started writing a little more in stages. There's so many projects that we do all the time. When we wrote the 'black album,' we started writing it and we finished writing it without anything else [going on] — it was three months, boom. We don't do it like that anymore. We'll write for awhile and we'll go to Brazil and then we'll come back and go do a week's worth of shows with Lou Reed, and then we'll write for two weeks and then we'll pick our noses and we'll do something else and then we'll play the Fillmore, you know what I mean? So it's difficult to be cohesive in an interview about it. I don't really have any direction yet, and I've heard most of it. It sounds heavy and energetic and very Metallica-like, but whether it's more like 'Death Magnetic' or more like this or that, I don't know."

About who will be producing the NEW METALLICA album:

James Hetfield: "He's a different kind of producer. He's challenging. He's a very cut-and-dried, to-the-point kind of producer, but he's also very open, and open to lots of ideas. He does have lots of great ideas of his own as well. But I think that the main thing for us was getting to the core and essence of Metallica, and that's the reason we chose to work with him. He gets the best out of artists that have been around for a while, I believe. And he helps you get back to that essence. That's what we wanted him for."

Lars Ulrich: "Rick is a lot about creating comfort and atmosphere and a vibe, and right now that's kinda how it's looking. We haven't sat down and gone to the next level on direction and practical elements and all that type of stuff. I saw Rick in L.A. two weeks ago and we talked about him coming up to San Francisco in March or April to start talking about the process, but as you know, we've got another couple of balls in the air with our movie and live dates and the Orion festival. It never ends, and right now some of these balls are quite time-consuming. Rick is not a one-trick pony; he builds a particular ease around whatever your task is, so I think whatever we want to do for this next record, he will help us with that, whatever it may be."

METALLICA have 10 more European dates before their two day festival: "Orion Music + More", which is scheduled for June 23-24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They are also in talks with Rick Rubin to produce their tenth studio album at some point this year.

METALLICA "European Tour" (Remaining Tour Dates):

- 5/10/2012: Warsaw, Poland at Sonisphere - Bemowo Airport
- 5/12/2012: Paris, France at Stade de France (Sold Out)
- 5/13/2012: Udine, Italy at Stadio Friuli
- 5/23/2012: Oslo, Norway at Vallehovin (Sold Out)
- 5/25/2012: Lisbon, Portugal at Rock in Rio
- 5/26/2012: Madrid, Spain  at Sonisphere - Getafe Open Air
- 5/28/2012: Werchter, Belgium at Festivalpark
- 5/30/2012: Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland at Sonisphere - Rives du Lac
- 6/1/2012: Nurnberg, Germany  at Rock Im Park
- 6/2/2012: Nurburgring, Germany at Rock Am Ring
- 6/4/2012: Helsinki, Finland at Sonisphere - Kalasatama
- 6/6/2012: Horsens, Denmark at State Prison Open Air (Sold Out)
- 6/9/2012: Donington, England at Download Festival
- 6/10/2012: Nickelsdorf, Austria at Nova Rock

In a historical twist of events, METALLICA will be performing six back-to-back shows in Mexico City show after their five previous shows sold out in a matter of minutes! Heavy Metal's biggest band, will be performing at the Sports Palace in Mexico City on August 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9. Additionally, the band will be unveiling their NEW stage: a 140x50-foot stage that features colossal components and striking visual elements spanning Metallica's 30-year career.

Related links:
Metallica's Official Site
Metal Hammer Magazine

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