Metallica Entering Studio 'In a Couple of Weeks,' Kirk Hammett Confirms

"We've been procrastinating greatly with it," the guitarist admits.

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Metallica fans are bound to get thrilled with the latest announcement, as guitarist Kirk Hammett has officially confirmed that the band will be hitting the studio in a matter of weeks.

Chatting with Billboard, Kirk didn't hesitate to admit that the four-piece dragged out the whole process, but is now finally ready to charge full speed ahead. "[We'll start recording] in a couple of weeks," he kicked off. "When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it.

"We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now," the guitarist added.

Further discussing the amount of fresh material, Hammett dropped some big figures, noting that the band has well over 1,000 riffs ready. "We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas," he explained. "You hear about these bands that are sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite. We have too many ideas. James [Hetfield] has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That's formidable."

Although the guys were clearly evading studio work, 2013 was still filled with pioneering efforts from Metallica, just in slightly different domains. As reported, the metal giants have released their "Through the Never" 3D film, kicked out the jams on Antarctica and set the world record by performing on all seven continents within a year. So an awesome studio album would really be icing on the cake here.

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    Between them, Tool, and SOAD, sounds like we'll get a new Metallica record before the other two.
    Hell yeah! And they start their little European tour from Helsinki ^_^ I can't wait for the new song and new f'n album!
    Touring is the best way to try new songs and see the response. Better a long wait and a great album, than a short wait and a crappy album. \m/
    I kinda hate it when musicians try to appeal to fans with their works. It becomes more business than art.
    tell that to Mustaine
    Not fair to Mustaine. Sorry but for the last decade what has Metallica released that was SOOO good???
    Death Magnetic was an amazing album, and St. Anger, while not a great Metallica record, was still decent if you accept it for what it is, and still better than anything Megadeth has put out in recent years, with the possible exception of "Endgame."
    I like death Magnetic too, it is not as strong as I would call it "big 4" as kill them all, ride the lightning, Master and justice...The rest after that is...or has not had a great impact on me (or not at all in some cases). So once again, Mustaine has nothing to do with that. It is fun to compare them still, but never the less...
    I love Metallica. They don't have a bad album. I was listening to Battery and Low Man's Lyric today when I was in totally different moods (before and after a bad day at work) and I loved them both.
    you're bitching about metallica's latest efforts but are being 200% blind (sorry, i meant deaf) to some of the later megadeth efforts. Im sorry, but metalica co on top imo man. Who cares about big 4 and what te new material is copared to whats been, get over it and move on, megadeth's shittier by the day whereas metallica etiher keeps it neutral or is keeping up with themselves
    Endgame blows DM away
    why? WHY? the constant Megadeth Vs. Metallica bickering?!?! no one gives a shit!!!!!
    You appear to have made a typo. why? WHY? the constant Metallica Vs. Megadeth bickering?!?! no one gives a shit!!!!! There you go. : )
    Finally someone will admit that St. Anger is a decent album, if not a Metallica album.
    Finally someone will admit that St. Anger is a decent album, if not a Metallica album.
    If they're constantly making excuses for not making one they clearly don't really want to make one and it could sound forced.
    "We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now." That's the spirit.
    Jacques Nel
    I like how UG publishes Dave Mustaine saying he is excited about having 68 riffs ready and then a few hours later we've got Kirk saying Metallica has over a thousand riffs...
    Tomorrows news: Dave Mustaine "I now have 1268 riffs for my new album." A week from now: Lars Ulrich "We now have about 3000 riffs for the new album." Two weeks from now: Mustaine "I now have completed a single song consisting of 3000 riffs." Three weeks from now: Hetfield "I have one million riffs for the new album and we are going to use about 14'000 of them." A month from now: Mustaine "I have one million riffs and I am going to use every single damn one of them." Metallica then takes 5 years to record the album and comes out with St. Anger 2. Megadeth takes 5 months and releases Super Collider 2: Extreme Meltdown.
    Hammett : I have written 3 solos per song Mustaine (a week later) : I have written 6 solos per song. Hammett (a month later) : I have now included 9 solos per song and each solo will have individual hammer-ons, tapping, sweeps and complex legato sections Mustaine (2 months later) : Each song will be 45 minutes long with each solo going on for 5 - 10 minutes with guest musicians John Petrucii, Yngiwe Malmsteen, Alexi Laiho, Marty Friedman (paid him a lot) and Jari Maenppa each contributing diverse sections and techniques. Shawn : I will be using 250 - 300 bpm sections, odd timed fills and over 50 different variations of blast beats Lars:.....go **** yourself.
    1000 riffs * 5 seconds for one riff=5000 seconds of pure riffs (if it has 10 track's then its 500 second per song or about 8 minutes and 20 seconds)= 1 hour 23 minutes and 20 seconds for the whole album..... RIFF-MATH! \m/
    "We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now," the guitarist added. If that's their attitude then they should just quit now.
    agree! very lame attitude. I guess it has something to do with the work itself. Like try to invent the wheel again. This is not what "we" are asking for. Metallica always wants to explore new "feelings" and never do a similar record. Well this time, it is actually WHAT you should be doing, in you comfort zone. Something like Ride the lightning, Master etc...It is anyway what we listen to the most and what you have been playing on tour for the last 20 years or more...
    Anything they make now will just be a disappointment. Their first albums were made with anger; the only thing they have to be angry about now is a receding hairline.
    Agent 00Awesome
    It seems like they don't really want to record an album. Hopefully that doesn't mean it'll sound forced.
    Pretty sure writing an album should come from a desire to write an album, not from running out of every excuse not to write one. Sigh.
    If their new album is anywhere close to as good as Death Magnetic, then it's going to be awesome!
    Agreed, as long as it isn't mixed like DM, yeah.
    Agreed, which is the one reason I'm nervous that Rubin is going to produce it again. Hopefully whoever did the mixing is NOT involved with it.
    I already know it's going to be mixed bad. He ****ed up Black Sabbath's new album.
    Metallica hasn't been a studio band since the 80's, they're more about touring now for the better part of 24 years.
    About time. This new song should be interesting on the By Request tour this summer. I remember them playing a new song 'Death is not the end' on the tour before Death Magnetic and only a few riffs made it to the final album! Completely scrapped everything else. Was a cool song!
    Can Kirk still write kick-ass solos, well can he still play kick-ass solos? I'm sure he can write, but let's hope the wah doesn't make an appearance. Maybe a more melodic approach would be ideal for this next album, they could hardly play 'All Nightmare Long' so it seems it would only make sense.
    I hate to say it, but Lars is a little hit or miss nowadays. James' voice still sounds awesome on all the videos I've seen. They crushed the Kill 'em all set last summer so they still have it most of the time.
    Saw the first ever live "all nightmare long" in Calgary, it was pretty solid!
    Badass UltraMan
    I have to say that I wonder the same. I really don't mind wah and Kirk used to use it tastefully but it was abused way, way too much on Death Magnetic to cover up uninspiring solos. James' wah-free solo on Suicide and Redemption sounds awesome then Kirk comes blundering in with his wah pedal and god-awful tone and completely ruins it! Admittedly I did enjoy the Unforgiven III solo but it was still buggered with a wah stick.
    "then Kirk comes blundering in with his wah pedal and god-awful tone and completely ruins it!" I lol'd. Spot on, man.
    I gotta say... Metallica fans/anti-fans are the worst fans in the world... You only want Metallica to release Master of Puppets part II and then after that part III. For some reason, nobody sees that they never release the same album twice! Not even Ride the Lightning and Kill Em All are that close and they were recorded less than a year apart. The best thing about them is that they always progress and experiment and they still always release great albums. No, they never move the earth for me and St. Anger is pretty weak...but Load and Reload are amazing albums, they're just not metal albums...listen to them without placing a band name on it and actually give it a chance. Besides, when Metallica finally did bust out a thrash album again, all you do is blast it for sounding too familiar or go off on its mixing. It's mixing did suck but the album is excellent (albeit with some weak Hammett solos)...How many good albums are there with shitty production...just because the producer sucked doesn't mean the songs do. So chill out on the Metallica sold out crap, they've always done what they want and never done what you want.
    If they actually had so many ideas I just wish they'd roll like Megadeth, every 2 years a new can only dream.
    I'd rather wait and have a top Metallica release than be satisfied with a mediocre-at-best album every 2 years like we get with Megadeth.
    Except Metallica releases mediocre albums every six years to Megadeth's two. Maybe they should try kicking out the jams
    Please don't blame the 2 years or less thing for a bad albums. Let's not forget, kill, ride, puppets, justice were all within a year or 2 of eachother. Are they mediocre albums?!! Sure Megadeth's last couple of albums have been weak, but that's not cos of short time between albums, Megadeth's albums in the 80's were also only a year or 2 apart.
    let's see how they'll do with Lang Lang first... piano with metal..!
    Can us UG users demand that UG doesn't post anything about Metallica until they've announced a release date, because I hereby make that motion.
    please dont make death magnetic 2. please dont make another black album or master. MAKE SOMETHING NEW. give us something we've never heard before. it doesnt have to resemble battery. and please for the love of god dont use that mixer again. whats his name? thingy? rick rubins bff. idea, plain and simple. let METALLICA make the music. Whether you like it or not Rubin is a good producer, at times... but get bob rock back to MIX. and thats all. he is the best mixer on earth. listen to the analogue recordings he has mixed over the years for metallica and forget about all this 'bob rock hate train bullshit, it wasn't him leading metallica astray, it was james and lars making the songs, all he ever did was turn king nothing into gold where as if they'd have used rubins guy back then, not one song off of load or reload would have sounded good at all.
    Last time Metallica made something new, it was Lulu. Do you really trust them to make something new?
    I just imagined Load and Reload having the production sounds of Death Magnetic; and, you're right -- they would've sounded like complete shit and whatever they have going for them would be ruined. Imagine Bleeding Me with the tones on DM....awful.
    seems like you're fan of the wrong band their mate. Metallica is as Metallica does, live with it, they're awesome.
    I'm a massive fan. Just think DM sounded toss. If it would have been made the way Reload was made, it'd have kicked ass. Instead it sounds like popcorn farts instead of a banging low E. Oh, what would I know.
    Will be nice to have another Metallica album to torture my kids with!! well my two teens, my three year old loves it!
    Time doesn't necessarily mean this album is going to be amazing. Especially since they haven't even been focused on it. Also, I'd much rather prefer quality of quantity. Just because they have '1000 riffs ready' doesn't mean they are all fantastic, and besides they probably won't consider them all anyway.
    Well, we can feel safe in saying lulu II has been crossed off the 1200 idea drawing board.
    Well since when were they ever talking about doing a follow up in the first place? There was only one set of Lulu plays so another album with Lou Reed would have had to be based on something else. XD
    Also, it isn't really possible for another album with Lou...
    "It always bothers me to see people writing 'RIP' When a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, 'RIP' is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors " - Lou Reed
    I wasn't totally serious about it, of course. Morbid humor, yes, but I was simply parodying the people that do that sort of thing. In all seriousness, God rest Lou Reed's soul and he was a great man.
    The one thing that quells my excitement about new Metallica is the fact the Lars just isn't that good of a drummer anymore. He was never a technically great drummer, but his playing had some charisma and finesse on older albums. Now I know that the album will probably have some good guitar riffs, but will be likely lacking in other areas like Death Magnetic. Also, Kirk's solos are now like bad rehashes of his old stuff and James' lyrics are trite and his voice has no grit left. Nonetheless, nostalgia will force me to buy it. Hoping for the best...
    About James' voice, I guess you haven't heard their recent gigs.
    I have. I'll happily admit that his voice is improved from the mid 2000's, and he is able to stay in key really well; but, it sounds like he has to force it to get some grit now whereas in the late 80's he just sounded like that - massive power.
    Please please Metallica for once, do a real metal record this time!! and not impressed by their 1000 riffs. What does that mean? I pick the guitar and do a chords+ 1 note and thats a riff...
    st anger and death magnetic were fairly metal
    St. Anger is as Metal as Nickelback.
    id rather listen to nickleback then st anger.....
    To quote Dave Grohl "If you play a Nickelback song backwards you’ll hear messages from the devil. Even worse, if you play it forwards you’ll hear Nickelback." Even worse yet, if you play St.Anger, your ears will get aids.
    um that ^ is not what I posted. I'll try again: "< insert generic enthusiastic slash encouraging statement > \m/"
    YeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeah YeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeah YeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeahYeah \m/
    As some of you said, it doesn't even sound like they actually want to do this... I hate to say it, but imo they should avoid new material at this point. Not because it won't be good, but how can it possibly live up to Metallica standards?
    So what I just read is, "You won't hear much from us until about Spring 2015. Hope you enjoyed our movie."
    What ?? studio again for 8 months?? be back home again?? Now, I will need to be with me wife again....What am I gonna do? No newwwww record pleaaaseeee!