According to EddieTrunk.com in an interview with Rolling Stone, Metallica recently discussed the details of their next album, which according to drummer Lars Ulrich, the band are “about seven [to] eight songs into.”
Ulrich went onto say about the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, “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.’”
Guitarist Kirk Hammett also said that the album would differ musically from its predecessor. “If Death Magnetic was a logical successor to [1988’s] …And Justice For All, the next album will be a heavier Black Album.”
“We’re not going to the depths of complexity that we did for Death Magnetic,” Hammett goes onto say. “The stuff we’re coming up with is more groove-oriented, a heavier version of what we were doing in the early 90s.”
Coincidentally, Metallica will be playing their 1991 landmark self-titled record at several European festivals this summer.
“Right now, I’m thinking shorter, more to the point,” confirmed Ulrich about the musical direction of the new material.
Ulrich and Hammett also discussed the reports, which were confirmed last week, that Metallica are working on a 3D movie. “We didn’t want to do it at first,” Hammett admits. “We were sold on it by our managers, that it would be a lot of fun and we would have a big-ass stage to play on—the biggest Metallica live show we’ve ever done, next-level stuff.”
According to Ulrich, though, the film will be a lot more than just concert footage. “Imagine if you took [1976 Led Zeppelin film] The Song Remains The Same, which is 75 percent concert, 25 percent other stuff, and flipped it around,” says Ulrich. “And all the non-concert footage, instead of being about the band members, is a story that unfolds, set against the backdrop of the concert.”
In other news, Metallica’s official website has confirmed that a 3D movie featuring the band is on the horizon, with a release planned for next year. The statement on the website reads:
“As you know, we generally make it a policy not to comment on gossip or rumors, but we also pride ourselves on being first with ‘Tallica news. So, with that said, the more astute of you may have noticed a couple of mentions in trade publications, and most recently in the new issue of Rolling Stone, that a Metallica 3D movie is in the works.
We’re here to tell you that, yes, there is indeed a 3D project in the very early stages of production! We wish we could tell you more right now, but we don’t have all the finer points nailed down just yet. What we can tell you is that we are planning on being in a theater near you sometime in 2013 and as you hear us say ever so often, this will be the space for all the details as we finalize them.”
According to Deadline.com, Metallica will be self-financing the feature and have already recruited producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: the Mysterious Island).