Metallica have a rough ride trying to keep their music fresh over the past couple of years. Between the extremely polarizing St. Anger, and the not-even-a-Metallica-album that was Lulu, people have begun to lose faith in the band. Unfortunately, the band isn’t exactly helping their case, as Lars Ulrich talked about in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. In the interview, he talked about how the recording process was going, saying:
"We are fucking in it. We’ve got lots of songs, and we're honing them and tweaking them. It's pretty close."
"In our world, there's been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase. With this project, we're trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you're first playing a song into the studio.
"You want to tweak it and get it good, but you also want to record it in a way where it doesn't feel labored over and overthought. We're trying to figure out where that line is."
"The creative elements are getting close to being done. Just remember, this is still ‘Metallica time.' When I say we're close to being done, it means the next month or so. There's a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events.... But we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day."
He also told Rolling Stone that they already have 20 songs ready for the new album, so by the way it sounds, the album should be finished by the end of the month! One of the more interesting, and kinda funny, things that Ulrich had to say came later when he said:
“I was flipping around on iTunes and somehow ended up looking up Metallica. I heard 30 seconds of ‘Lords of Summer’ on the preview, and I was like, ‘Wow, it actually sounds pretty good.’ I hadn’t remembered it since we played it last, and I was like, ‘It’s not so bad.’”
It probably wasn’t Ulrich’s intention to imply that the song was bad to begin with, but that’s definitely the way it came across. Poor Ulrich… People were giving him so much flak for his work on St. Anger, and now he’s not exactly helping his reputation at all. Although it is kinda funny, the main thing to take away from the interview is that the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic could most likely be out sometime in 2015!
Well, no matter how 'not so bad' the new material may be, it could never be as bad as that one travesty...