fans are bound to get thrilled with the latest announcement, as guitarist Kirk Hammett
has officially confirmed that the band will be hitting the studio in a matter of weeks.
Chatting with Billboard
, Kirk didn't hesitate to admit that the four-piece dragged out the whole process, but is now finally ready to charge full speed ahead. "
[We'll start recording] in a couple of weeks,"
he kicked off. "When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it."We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now,"
the guitarist added.
Further discussing the amount of fresh material, Hammett dropped some big figures, noting that the band has well over 1,000 riffs ready. "We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas,"
he explained. "You hear about these bands that are sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite. We have too many ideas. James
] has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That's formidable."
Although the guys were clearly evading studio work, 2013 was still filled with pioneering efforts from Metallica, just in slightly different domains. As reported, the metal giants have released their "Through the Never
" 3D film, kicked out the jams on Antarctica and set the world record by performing on all seven continents within a year. So an awesome studio album would really be icing on the cake here.