Metallica Bassist on New Album: ''Death Magnetic' Was the Launch Pad for What We're About to Do'

"A lot of really, really great riffs and possibilities for some great new songs," Rob Trujullo adds with excitement.

Metallica Bassist on New Album: ''Death Magnetic' Was the Launch Pad for What We're About to Do'
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Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo gave a brief update regarding the band's new album, dubbing "Death Magnetic" a "launch pad" for what's to come next.

"We're writing man," Rob told VH1. "We've prepared one song, which may or may not be on the album, but it's a lot of fun. We're playing it live. It's called 'Lords of Summer.' We had some fun putting that together.

"And there's a lot of really, really great riffs and possibilities for some great new songs. I'm really excited," he continued. "I think we're all very excited. We actually started writing about a year ago and then we kind of had to step aside from it because of the 'Through the Never' film but now we’re back into the swing of things and that's our goal this next year: to prepare a whole bunch of cool music."

Bringing up the matter of the band's latest album, the bassist noted, "It feels like 'Death Magnetic' was the launch pad for what we're about to do in a lot of ways. That album took a lot of time to make but the good thing about it was it was a way to establish how we work together, at least this version of the band. And now we feel like we're a better band. We've had a lot of challenges in recent years as a unit and now we can take that to the studio and make something great with it. Hopefully everyone will love it."

During the rest of the chat, Trujillo discussed the late bass icon Jaco Pastorius, describing him as a major influence and a "beautiful monster so to speak." Check out the full interview here.

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    Vatussi
    At first I read "New Metallica bassist on..." And I thought "Aww man, again?"
    steveo54
    from the interviews it seems like they have 80000 riffs for this album, i'm worried the songs are just going to feel like different riffs pasted together with no real unity or flow among them.
    Validischofe
    When a band like Metallica releases new material I tend to notice that there are usually 4 different groups of people. Those who hate it no matter what because it's Metallica, those who love it no matter what because it's Metallica, those who genuinely like the new material, and those who genuinely dislike it. Sometimes it can be hard to tell which are which.
    Downfault
    Still a bunch of riffs and no songs except for The Lords of Dogtown. What are you doing Metallica? Quit messing around and get to work!!!
    TomWhaley
    I'm so sick of the "Yeah! We've got great riffs!" talking point. Write good songs instead. The riffs will come. I'm so sick of them pasting together aimless riffs for 8 minutes and calling it a song.
    Rockeagle540
    They're beginning to sound like George RR Martin at this stage..... ''dont worry, its coming, its gonna be amazing''
    Freddiez79
    Well if it's like death magnetic I won't be buying it. I don't want to wast my money on a turd like that again.
    kiba56
    Death magnetic was not to bad.itwasa pretty good album.... Now saint anger .....that's a whole nother story.....
    br00talmetal10
    Metallica are a bunch of gay sellout mallcore posers. They should retire cause theyre not even close to being BR00TAL! Edit: And this has nothing to do with guitar! Robs a bass player not a guitar player, fools. Bye bye
    KerryKing01
    *Brutal. Atrocious spelling. honestly...
    JimBell
    ^ I much prefer this troll.
    thebigredjj10
    If you are going to troll, create a personality that everyone can recognize. Don't just resort to saying stupid shit because everyone will take you seriously. The fun of these troll accounts is that everyone knows that they are not serious.
    DAVID+DRAIMAN
    LET ME JUST SAY THAT I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THE FIRST PART OF YOUR POST. THAT BEING SAID, I AM THE REAL DAVID DRAIMAN,CREATOR OF THE GROUNDBREAKING SOCIAL MEDIA APP WINGMAN. I AM ALSO THE CREATOR OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BAND KNOWN AS DEVICE, WHOSE MUSIC IS NOT REPETITIVE, OR OVERLY COMPRESSED IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER...NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT.. -DAVID
    skull_king
    Wait, so now you know how to spell?? Jesus Christ, this world is coming to an end.
    jamie_hough
    I cant believe people still bother with this crap. I guess we're just lucky he didn't take the website further back and scream 'FIRST!' too...
    emilsson60
    Let's just hope they don't chop up Lords of Summer and put the riffs into other songs.
    Drawingbankai
    Ooookay if DM was a launchpad, then it must be extraordinarily ineffective to take 6 years to START launching something..
    danRock222
    Rob doesn't look metal at all, he looks a randoy guy from backstage...Jason looked the part
    Izzy-Sweet
    Let's be honest, even James is rocking a more rockabilly image than metal these days. Save for his AWESOME AS F*CK tattoos.
    jamesrulesmetal
    That said ... the phucking media sensationalise everything these days, and are ridiculously OTT with their phucking wanktarded shit. As materialism and consumerism continue their ebil growth in our world, such sensationalism naturally occurs. \m/
    jamesrulesmetal
    Whilst perusing the countless--and at times repetitive--articles on every little scrap of news on Metallica, Megadeth, et al, bear in mind that the band members aren't repeating the same shit a million times. They are simply answering questions they are asked in interviews. Then someone -else- repeats it a million times. : D Na, s'all gud--great to know what's going on, and if peeps don't like it, they don't have to read it. \m/
    Jrhammett
    yeah yeah sounds great i get it just release a record!!!! i love metallica but i dont want to hear how great this record is gonna be i just want to hear it!
    qpoitras
    Loved death magnetic im sure itll be solid
    jamesrulesmetal
    I agree with u. DM is an excellent release--Metallica's best since The Black Album, in fact. Let's hope that the nu 1 is in the same vein and enjoys similar acclaim. Heavy Fucking Metal! \m/
    smittyanthrax
    Death Magnetic' Was the Launch Pad for What We're About to Do' That was almost 6 years ago.Get a move on.