Guitarist Kirk Hammett of metal legends Metallica recently discussed the group's hectic schedule and upcoming plans, confessing that the four-piece clearly got tangled up with numerous projects.
While chatting with Guitar World, Hammett primarily focused on the Orion Music festival, calling it way different that any of the band's regular shows.
"We're definitely guilty of over-obligating ourselves as a band," the axeman jokingly said. "The Orion festival requires a lot of energy, and it's different from our regular Metallica shows, where we show up, have a bite to eat, do our warm-up and meet-and-greet, and go onstage."
Hammett elaborated further, "We're trying to be all inclusive. We don't want it to become a big metal fest, which is easy to do in our case. We wanna give young new bands opportunities to build their audience, no matter if theyre metal, alternative, gypsy punk or whatever."
Metallica are currently giving most of their attention to the upcoming "Through the Never" 3D movie premiere scheduled for September 27 in IMAX theaters. The film's soundtrack is due out on September 24 as a double CD set featuring a total of 16 songs.
As for the new studio effort, the band is looking to enter studio in 2014 and have the album wrapped up for a tentative 2015 release. "We'll have run out of excuses for not doing it by then," drummer Lars Ulrich said told Entertainment Weekly. "2014 will be all about making a new Metallica record," he concluded.