Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett pleases fans by announcing that work on the band’s new album is very much under way
t’s been seven years since metal legends and songwriting heroes Metallica released their ninth studio album – 2008’s Death Magnetic – the band’s longest ever gap between records. Fans will be pleased to know, though, that work on album number ten is well under way.
When speaking to Billboard the band’s guitarist Kirk Hammett stated that the new record was ‘about 25 percent done.’ Hammett said,
“The songs are ever-changing at this point. Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it’s hard to say at what point we actually are in the project. I don’t think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we’re at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It’s hard to say, but we’re working on it and there are songs and we’re making plans to write more songs and record.”
Hammett went on to say that the band devote themselves to recording when they are working on a new album, saying, “Whenever we go into the studio, it becomes such a huge sort of thing in our lives that it does take on monstrous proportions. It takes up a lot of space in our lives.”
Metallica’s highest selling album is their self-titled 1991 release, known as ‘the black album’. The ‘black album’ has sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide to date and features a host of the band’s best known songs, including the anthemic Enter Sandman. You can see the video for Enter Sandman below.