Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered the first insight into the new Metallica album, reassuring fans that the record will feature snare drum and guitar solos, the two things lacking from 2003's often derided "St. Anger" album:
"The stuff that we were banging out yesterday, it felt heavy, it felt energetic, it was loud, it was fast, it was rocking, it was crazy," he said, adding: "The snare drum was on there and there were guitar solos, in case anybody was wondering."
"What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation of where we left off four years ago."
Ulrich's comments have also cast some doubt over what role producer Rick Rubin will play on the record. Rubin had produced Metallica's 2008 record "Death Magnetic", and was expected to produce the follow-up. However, when asked about Rubin's role, Ulrich responded with: "I love Rick, we all love Rick. We're in touch with Rick constantly. We'll see where it goes."
The album will be the first studio record to be released by Metallica's recently formed Blackened Records label.