In a recent interview with The Pulse Of Radio, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about the group's firm attitude to release a new record and remain fresh in terms of creativity. When asked about the band's more leisure approach to recording new material, Ulrich has stated that Metallica is currently busy with other projects as well, all of which are necessary in order for the band to stay creatively alive.
"There'll be a new record and we certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you've got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that's what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals. I mean, it's just, all that stuff's a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, you know."
Interestingly enough, that very same subject was recently reached during an online radio interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, who has stated that "it would be impossible for Metallica to release another 'Master Of Puppets.'" Despite admitting that Metallica is now bigger than ever, the singer/guitarist couldn't help wondering why do the group's live set lists mostly consist of older classic tunes.
"Why don't they play more new stuff live? Why do they go out and do the 'Master Of Puppets' or whatever other records that they are doing? Why don't they focus on new material? Aren't they proud of the new stuff that they do or do they just wanna please the fans?"
As far as the forthcoming "Metallica Through The Never" 3D movie goes, the film was recently described as "a concert movie meets 'The Wall' meets Metallica" by one of its actors. Written and directed by Nimrod Antal ("Kontroll," "Predators"), the movie is scheduled for a premiere on August 9.
And with the date and lineup of second Orion Music officially unveiled, the band is definitely keeping themselves busy and it would seem that the frontman James Hetfield was definitely right when saying that "there is no reson for Metallica to stop."