Metallica love giving quotes to the press hyping up their upcoming music. Remember when Lars said that Lulu,their collaboration with Lou Reed, would blow …And Justice For All out of the water? Yea, ridiculous. Now, they've gone and put their foots in their mouths again when describing what their next studio album will sound like. Here is what they told Rolling Stone:
"We're about seven, eight songs into it," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone magazine about the record, which will once again be produced by Rick Rubin. "We do it in rounds. We come up with something, we leave it, go to the next thing, come up with something basic, leave it and circle back around. Next month we'll go back and start embellishing: 'Let's double that one part and come up with a middle bit.'"
"If Death Magnetic was a logical successor to …And Justice For All, the next album will be a heavier Black Album," Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Rolling Stone, using the popular nickname for 1991's "Metallica". "We're not going to the depths of complexity that we did for 'Death Magnetic'. The stuff we're coming up with is more groove-oriented, a heavier version of what we were doing in the early Nineties."
"When people talk about the old stuff, they think 'Justice'," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "But look at 'Harvester Of Sorrow' on that album. It's a fairly simple five-minute song. And 'Fuel' [on 1997's 'Reload'] is an absolute scorcher live. Right now, I'm thinking shorter, more to-the-point."
Wait, who the hell is going around saying that Death Magnetic is the successor to Justice? Not me! Sure, it was a step up from St. Anger, but it isn't even in the same league. Ultimately, my biggest complaint about their last album was that the songs were too long and repetative. You don't have to repeat the same riff 20 times Kirk, we get it. So the fact that they're going for brevity is a relief. But, I still have my reservations, and seeing as though these guys just can't play their instruments like they used to, I doubt they will ever EVER match the awesomeness that was their first few albums.