Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich discussed the band's recently premiered song "The Lords of Summer," dubbing it the best representation of where the four-piece is at in creative terms.
Chatting with Rolling Stone, Lars also stressed that the track is very much subjective to change in the future.
"We promised our fans we'd play a new song and we've been writing and creating away and we're going to throw something at them on Sunday," the drummer said. "We have something lined up that is fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now. It's one of those things that's like, 'Here, we're writing and we're creating.'"
Focusing on the song's future, Ulrich added, "We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006. We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record ["Death Magnetic"]. One was called 'New Song 1' - going out on a creative limb, here - and the other was called 'New Song 2.' That's how deep we went.
"There was a couple of pieces in 'New Song 1,' some of the middle bit ended up in 'All Nightmare Long,' and the intro bit ended up in 'The End of the Line.' That's how we work; stuff just gets changed around, moved over and this goes over there and the rest of that gets sacked and that ends up in the intro in song five.
"So who knows what's going to happen with this stuff," the drummer concluded. "But we are off and running and have been creating away in the studio and now we're going to go out and play and sweat and share and we've got some new music that we want to throw everybody's way. And maybe by the time we get to Europe, there will be a different song or different thing or different arrangement. Who knows? We'll sort of take it one step at a time."
During a separate interview, Metallica discussed the impact of Deep Purple on their music. Lars seemed to stand out in terms of praises towards the rock icons, dubbing the band "pioneers" and noting that "all the stuff we do traces back to Deep Purple." Guitarist Kirk Hammett added that he wrote the "Enter Sandman" riff in an attempt to create a riff equally powerful, catchy and effective as "Smoke on the Water." Check out the full chat below, as well as the new song.