James Hetfield: 'It's Come To That Time; We Can't Be Metallica Anymore'

Metallica's James Hetfield has officially announced that Metallica, the world's biggest heavy metal band, has called it quits.

James Hetfield: 'It's Come To That Time; We Can't Be Metallica Anymore'
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Update: We hope you all had a happy April Fool's Day! Despite the recent talks of a new album and 3D movie, Metallica's James Hetfield has officially announced that Metallica, the world's biggest heavy metal band, has called it quits. In an official statement from Hetfield on behalf of the entire group, Hetfield revealed the factors that contributed to this surprising decision: "We've been doing this for 30 years. At a certain point, we all realized we wanted to explore new territories musically. The project with Lou Reed [Lulu] seemed to awaken a desire to move onto new musical horizons. It's come to that time; we can't be Metallica anymore. But fear not, you'll be hearing new music from each of us in the future." Plans for said musical projects from each band member remain speculative; however, each member of Metallica has announced tentative plans for what's in store for them musically in the coming months. Hetfield, admittedly inspired by his onstage reunion with former Metallica guitarist, Dave Mustaine, has expressed desire to start a new group with the Megadeth frontman. Commenting on this, Dave Mustaine says, "I'll have to think about it." No word yet on who would fill in the bass and drum slots. Hetfield has admitted to having a strong respect for keyboardist **** from Children of Bodom, which could be a possibility. Lars Ulrich, when asked what he plans to do, expressed desires to work alongside Marylin Manson. "I've been drawn more to the artistic side of heavy metal - with a guy like Manson, I think I'll be satisfied artistically. We've gotten together a few times and thrown some ideas around." Bassist Robert Trujillo has issued some rather undiplomatic statements, calling Lars a "tool" and Hetfield a "control freak." Trujillo plans on returning to his previous band, Suicidal Tendencies. This news comes as a surprise to fans eager to hear the follow up to their 2008 return-to-form album, "Death Magnetic." Although the ill-fated album with the Velvet Underground's Lou Reed seemed to foreshadow a mid-life crisis for the metal giants. However, Lou Reed still remains in the Metallica circle; it is rumored that Metallica lead guitarist, Kirk Hammet, will team up with Reed for a concept album that explores the dynamic range of his favorite electric guitar effect- the wah pedal. "The wah pedal is pure expression, much like Lou Reed's voice. Everything on the album - percussion, vocals, guitars, bass - will go through a wah pedal." We at UG are certainly surprised to hear of this news. Metallica will always be remembered as one of the most influential metal bands of all time. This is quite the way to begin the month of April... By Zach Pino

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    Arunas
    explores the dynamic range of his favorite electric guitar effect- the wah pedal. "The wah pedal is pure expression, much like Lou Reeds voice This almost killed me, haha nice one.
    tom-the-lawn
    However, Lou Reed still remains in the Metallica circle; it is rumored that Metallica lead guitarist, Kirk Hammet, will teamed up with Reed for a concept album that explores the dynamic range of his favorite electric guitar effect- the wah pedal. "The wah pedal is pure expression, much like Lou Reeds voice. Everything on the album - percussion, vocals, guitars, bass - will go through a wah pedal."
    hahahaha, best april fools joke ever made
    leony03
    My heart skipped a beat for a second then I remembered what day it was. Oh you guys! Happy Sunday!
    Alpha_Wolf
    diozeppelin26 wrote: What was the April 1st's article last year?
    "diozeppelin26 is a pretty cool guy"
    Black Hazard
    I knew it was fake as soon as I didn't see UG mention what site they stole the article from.
    falco.1993
    Hahahahahahahaha, the wah pedal bit was pure genius. My hat is off to you, UG.
    The Knife
    Lol something tells me Lars is going to sue the hell out of UG if he finds out they did this...
    Duongy
    it also says nothing on their website, guess its april fools
    mr.tre
    alliwant wrote: Look at the date...obvious
    i was worried for a second
    jawsheepdog
    diozeppelin26 wrote: So it's obviously a major troll. Let's consider the points: 1) It's a weekend article. 2) They spelled Marilyn Manson's name wrong. 3) There's barely any quoting. 4) It was the only article today. 5) It's April Fool's Day.
    OH MY GOSH YOU'RE SO SMART!
    cnc4c34
    OscarOwen wrote: If it was an official statement, then it would be on the official website and it's not. nice joke guys
    The fact that it's April Fools should've been convincing enough, but you even took it a step further. Way to go Ace Ventura, you really got to the bottom of this one.
    Yasaki
    "Hetfield, admittedly inspired by his onstage reunion with former Metallica guitarist, Dave Mustaine, has expressed desire to start a new group with the Megadeth frontman. Commenting on this, Dave Mustaine says, "Ill have to think about it."" LOL! Nuff said
    BluesyBlue
    "Everything on the album - percussion, vocals, guitars, bass - will go through a wah pedal." LOL
    Raven_Flight
    sickassfoo wrote: this is obviously fake, UG doesnt not post stuff on the weekends
    If that is the only reason, then Amy Winehouse is not dead.
    lVlaniac
    I was wondering if the Joke news would have been Axl releasing Chinese Democracy II.
    cnc4c34
    Tylern1 wrote: irst of all ultimate guitardoesnt post news on weekends, and secondly, its april fools
    100 other people have already posted your obvious discoveries.
    Mr.LeadGuitar
    majorpain1023 wrote: Ok.ok.. had me, didn't realize UG was that childish to pull an April fools day joke, but relieved if it is.
    You apparently haven't been here for very long I'm pretty sure they've done at least one april fools joke every year I've been coming here.
    guitarfooty666
    it's april 1st(april fools day).....anyone who actually believed this - what the hell is wrong with you ?!?!
    CodeMonk
    [flame shield on] They haven't put out a decent album in years. If this were true, it would be a good thing. Take a few years break from each other. Then maybe they would come back together hungry for some decent music.
    TechnicolorType
    "However, Lou Reed still remains in the Metallica circle; it is rumored that Metallica lead guitarist, Kirk Hammet, will team up with Reed for a concept album that explores the dynamic range of his favorite electric guitar effect- the wah pedal. "The wah pedal is pure expression, much like Lou Reeds voice. Everything on the album - percussion, vocals, guitars, bass - will go through a wah pedal." " lmfao that was just gold. pure gold.
    Winner Z
    honetly, I wouldn't be so sad if this was true, Especially the side projects(minus Kirks) Am I the only one who thinks a Mustaine and Hetfield duo would be pretty cool?
    iabssplyr
    For all the crap UG has to put up with from it's readers for all the lousy articles, I think one was owed. Of course, the writing here really is piss poor, but hey, Happy April Fools Day everyone!
    Nerdpunx
    asixex wrote: My first thought about this, before realizing the date, was "If Metallica's quitting, that means that the last thing they released was Lulu... Fuck."
    Nope, Beyond Magnetic
    dankhus
    NightmareTheory wrote: oh dear lord... i almost died. instead of being smart and reading the comments or checking the date, i immediately went to my facebook and posted a status... then the panic went away and i realised it was april fool's day, and promptly deleted the post. well done ug, well done.
    Instead of taking advantage of the situation and tricking your friends instead? Wow, you must be double smart!