Metallica: 'We're Really Proud of 'Death Magnetic''

The new Metallica record is taking inspiration from the arrangements and grooves of their last album, says bassist Rob Trujillo.

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Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo says they're looking to their 2008 record "Death Magnetic" to inspire their next album.

He says the new record probably won't have the same production issues as "Death Magnetic", where some fans felt it had been over-compressed, but Trujillo says there will still be those signature Metallica grooves and thrash elements in an interview with What's On.

"We can't really say much, because it's still being written, but we've been listening to our last album, 'Death Magnetic', a lot," says Trujillo, "which is inspiring the arrangements we are currently writing. There is a certain quality to that album that we are really proud of and we want to maintain a certain standard."

Trujillo adds that their current writing sessions are going well. "If anything, the problem is that we write too many riffs. That proves that there is a lot of music still in us," he said.

It's not the first time that Metallica have said their new record will stay on the same path as "Death Magnetic". In January, Lars Ulrich praised it as one of their best records ever.

"With a lot of the other records, there were questions: 'Why did we do that?' or 'What was going on there?' or 'Why didn't somebody say to turn the snare on?' I don't feel like that with 'Death Magnetic'. What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation," said Ulrich at the time.

What do you think? Could a thrash-heavy Metallica record with better production values become their best album ever, or are Metallica past their peak? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    I think death magnetic is really good album. It was mixed kind of badly. But overall i like that album really much. Still do
    Could've used more songs from Beyond Magnetic.Especially Rebel Of Babylon.
    I happened to be listening to Beyond Magnetic and thought all those songs should have been on the DM.
    agreed. That and Hell & Back could've easily replaced Cyanide and The Unforgiven III
    The unforgiven III is my favorite on the album! together with The day that never comes
    I completely agree; and I think their next will be even better.
    I guarantee they will **** up the mix again.
    not if they got Flemming back
    They would never make a decision that smart or awesome. Damn it that would be cool and interesting.
    Flemming isn't all that either. He produced Evile's first album and it's crazy loud with some clipping and as usual, he buried the bass and makes the double bass sound weak. The only thing he's good for is guitar tone, but it doesn't even matter if the record is mastered to hell.
    Yes, but his albums with Metallica sound like they should be blasted from a mountaintop. It couldn't hurt, and it'd be "neat" to see how they'd work/sound together nowadays.
    I also liked the record a lot except for that damn wah in EVERY solo.
    Kind of badly? That guy is leaving a trail of digital madness behind him. Listen to other metal he has mixed, it's horrible.
    Yea, or the last few Chili Peppers albums. It's always super noticeable in the drums. drives me insane.
    If I'm not mistaken the Chili Peppers still record with analog equipment.
    I heard somewhere that it was re-released, no? with better mixes? or maybe it's a bootleg. Anyways, I love the songs, just not the mixing.
    The Guitar Hero versions of the tracks were mixed differently because they were being isolated for the game's instruments. You could probably find a rip of them somewhere.
    I've downloaded that version and by comparing it to the album one, the difference is staggering for the better. It sounds clean, doesn't have distorted drums and vocals, and most of all, has dynamics!
    There is also another remastered edition. Not sure who remixed it, but all three versions, as mentioned, are very different sonically including varied vocal takes. Download all three and compare
    Yeah, the Guitar Hero version of Broken, Beaten, & Scarred is 10x better.
    "I'm proud of Death Magnetic." "Yeah, and I'm proud of the massive turd I did but you don't see my bragging."
    I brag about my awesome turds all the time. Those things can get monstrous sometimes.
    Judging by the probable strain, they were also both over-compressed...
    Only when I haven't had enough water... sometimes the attack is strong, but I have a weak release. Other times it's exactly the opposite.
    Can someone tell me what you mean by bad mixed ? For me, the album global sound is near perfect, I really like the "modern" metal sound.
    link no1
    It has nothing to do with the "modern metal sound", it's about Rick Rubin and his war on music.
    iTz WiNTeRs
    It's too digital. Rick Rubin has committed crimes against humanities ears with the clipping and digitalizing that he does.
    Too much compression, I think. Therefore, louder (and not necessarily awesome) sound. Therefore, distortion where you don't want it. Therefore, hardly any dynamics. Therefore, bleeding ears and soul. What a shame, that album's pretty good. Well, not MOP, RTL, or AJFA good, but yeah.
    its no where near perfect. it just too loud to the point you hear distortion. the songs are great though not my favorite metallica album but its got a place in my heart. also listen to the guitar hero mix its on piratebay compare them. the songs just open up more and sound great.
    Awesome! Its good to see Metallica focus on music but I just wish they could release it in 2014.
    It would be great for a 2014 release at the start of the year! But with so much going on,im not sure if its going to happen,and i think as well as things going on,i think Metallica put a lot of their time into creating the album instead of just doing it in a certain amount of months,then releasing it for the sake of it,i think they put enough time into it to releasing a great album,to be absolutely certain that they've put a lot of time and effort in to make a great record,just like Death Magnetic,and id prefer that!
    Oh come on! What happened to that classic "Re-Load" sound everyone fell in love with? Kidding
    However, the production of both Load and Reload is probably the best we've heard from these guys.
    I was laughing when I read the first sentence. Then I read the "Kiddig" and laughed even more
    I'll throw it out there cus no one else will. Put Rick Rubin in a room with Bob Rock, have them both explain to Lars that his snare needs to be connected to the drum. Then let James and Kirk present Lars with their riffs, let him cut them up and make them into catchy viable verses and let Bob Rock use a mixing desk and not make it sound like a robot taking a shit if you turn it up too loud. It wasn't Bob Rock who wrote Slither and Hero of the Day. The man is good at mixing. I still feel bad for him that people make out that it's his fault that mid 90's Metallica decided they wanted to sound like Nirvana. FUCK OFF. Can you imagine how good Death Magnetic would have sounded if they used a man who is an expert in making songs sound good, songs like Wherever I may Roam. All he ever did wrong was do what he was told. If James wanted to start turning his blues riffs into 'metal' then that's his own fault. Say your prayers, King Nothing. Before this post gets 500 red thumbs, ask yourself this, what rocks more, Sad but True or The Judas Kiss? Low E ****ing CRUNCHING out of a beasty amp or a low E sounding like it's being force fed through a processor and coming out like little popcorn farts. Whatever.
    I've said since DM came out that I hope Bob Rock is involved next time. Apart from St Anger, which was a conscious decision (albeit a bizarre one), he's got a 100% record of making Metallica sound fantastic. I don't care how much you hate Load or Reload, those instruments sounded amazing. Let Rick Rubin force them to make good music, and let Bob handle the mixing deck.
    I honestly could not agree with you more. He does what he is told and he does it to perfection. Rubin and Bob Rock could give us something that Death Magnetic lacked. Too many people on the Bob Rock hate train for the powers at be to let that happen unfortunately.
    What Robert Trujillo shouldn't be proud of is the picture of him on this article... DEM LIPS
    I bet he would be proud - that's his signature face. He does it about 20 times during every song he plays.
    guitarist5477 that's kind of a weird comment, but I guess you must be a supermodel so you can say those kinds of things
    Well he was obviously pulling a silly "guitar" face, so it is quite amusing in that specific shot. I don't think he was meant it in a mean way.
    Metallica STILL kicks ass
    Especially his solo on "The Unforgiven III." That part always gives me goosebumps.
    Glad I'm not the only one. For me, I think its because James vocal line leads into the first note of Kirks solo seamlessly
    I'd be okay with it, plus the whole problem with the sound on Death Magnetic, I get it and understand it, but for me personally it just didn't bother me all that much
    Why shouldn't they be proud, it was a great Metal album in which all 4 of them played at their best, even Kirk's solo's are really good on this one.
    I agree with you for the most part, I just cant get over "WAHHHHH WAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAW WAAAAAOOOOOUUUUHHH WAHA AWHWAHWA" in The End of the Line. And i usually dont mind Kirks wah pedal.
    If the next album is ANYTHING like Death Magnetic, I'm so on board with it.
    Death magnetic wasn't bad at all, Its a nice comeback. Still....Metallica could do better as a band and STOP THE GODDAMN 3D RELEASES AND GET GOING WITH SOME NEW MATERIAL!
    Death Magnetic is defiantly my favourite album. To me,every song on the album was great. For the next album to go the same path as Death Magnetic,that would be f*cking brilliant!
    Agreed. Every song is very listenable, and some up there with their best.
    Defiantly,there isnt one terrible song on that album,its my favourite Metallica album,but also my favourite album of all time,because every song is good,and i love them all in their entirety.
    People have seriously complained about compression and production issues? No wonder rock and metal music fade away - people hardly ever try to enjoy and just listen to new songs, all they do is complain about technical stuff they don't understand enough. "Oh look, a new Metallica record" "Man, they used digital compression (?!), those songs suck ass". Come on...
    If production is bad enough, it will ruin an album IMO, even if you know nothing about the "technical stuff". When I first heard the ...and justice album as a teenager,I thought it sounded like crap straight away. The songs are great but it constantly sounds like you're listening to it through little earbud headphones that are on the other side of the room. If a massive amount of fans including non-audiophiles are complaining about the sound quality, you know someone screwed up.
    You have a point, but I'm guessing - as with some other Metallica albums - that people are "wave complaining" - some cool guy who knows his stuff complained about production somewhere, a few other guys tried to score some points at a forum by repeating what he said, and the snowball kept growing. I have no problems with people who are actually having production-related problems, but 90% of the production complaints are just bullshit, IMO. Also, the first Bathory album was produced in a garage,with lawnmowers going off, and it still has fans and a "trwe kwlt" status. Hardcore fans,true, but fans who don't mind subpar production.
    Well... I would say that Kill 'Em All sounds pretty good and it wasn't really produced at all. But that's why it sounds so good. The sound is very raw. But Death Magnetic is more like over produced. But IMO the problem with Death Magnetic isn't the sound, it's the songs. I like "The Day That Never Comes", it's a good song IMO. But I think the album has too many too long songs. It's not interesting enough to be so long. Long albums can be made well and not that well. And a long album needs to be more interesting than a short album. Not every song needs to be over 7 minutes long. They could have left some songs out or at least cut some of them. The songs have some cool parts but still the music on the album isn't interesting enough.
    The black album and Death Magnetic are my two favorite Metallica albums..... Go ahead, rip my head off.
    Just keep Lou Reed and shitty German poems/plays/whatever the **** Lulu was meant to be, away from them and it'll be great!! I actually think Load is one of the most under-rated metal/rock albums of all opinion.
    Load and Reload are both TERRIBLY underrated. People are just angry because it's not "Metal".
    Josh Reubenking
    'Death Magnetic' was an excellent record. And it's a BIG step in the right direction towards their thrash roots. Yeah, it could've been produced and mixed better, but the music is what counts. The riffs were great, the lyrics were pretty good, the solos were really good too. And Metallica will always be great, in the studio, and live. They've said they're writing the new record and listening to 'Death Magnetic' a lot while doing it. They WANT to go back to their thrash roots. I'm betting the next record will kick ass. Can't wait for it.
    I loved Death Magnetic when it first came out. It's worn off a bit, my enjoyment of it, but the Beyond Magnetic tracks did something to whet my appetite somewhat. Like 99% of people, I'd like the new record to sound more Justice-y, in terms of the mixing.
    I can see how this headline was considered news since Death Magnetic was a very medicore album. I would have commended a local band for outdoing themselves but for Metallica... not so much.
    I guess I'm like the only one who doesn't like anything that Metallica puts out post-black album. It just bores me, I've moved on to better metal, not that my opinion matters lol.
    Yabba Who
    Nope, you're not the only one. I gave up after the Black Album as well. My buddies all gave up after Justice but I hung on a little longer due to some great memories (fan since '84). I don't think it was anything Metallica did it was just time for us to move on.
    Listen to AJFA or RTL guys not DM!!! We need those blistering solos,super fast riffs, and aggression from AJFA and the harmonies and slightly rockier riffs from RTL! These are on DM but not really cutting it!
    I started typing a comment exactly like this. Thanks for saying what we're all thinking.
    I enjoyed DM as well. If they make the next album in a similar style, the only thing i would really suggest is to shorten the songs. I have nothing against a long song, but most of those songs didn't need to be 6-7 mins+.
    I've only ever been able to listen to two Metallica albums continuously, without skipping a single song because it bored me. Those albums were Master of Puppets and Death Magnetic. If it is the same alley as DM but with better mixing (which wasn't a problem for me in the first place) I am all for it
    All Nightmare Long is the only song that really stuck out at me. Killer video, too.
    Metallica should be very proud of Death Magnetic. Rick Rubin, on the other hand...
    "He says the new record probably won't have the same production issues as "Death Magnetic", where some fans felt it had been over-compressed" Some fans?? Pretty much anyone that listened to it. I can't even really handle listening to it, and it's pretty good material. I hope they drop Ruben. I haven't been happy with about anything he's produced lately.
    Kirk Hammet's solos were so bad on Death Magnetic. Normally I like his stuff because I find his solo's are memorable.
    for the most part I know what you mean. I dont care that he uses wah a lot, that is his thing. For me it was more like the solos just felt like they were jammed over the track, instead trying to get a good, defining solo.
    I think the best solo on the Album was the one by Hetfield on Suicide & Redemption.
    Wah wah wah wah. Kirk's crybaby is crying for you. I'm not a Kirk Hammett fanboy by any means, but Im sick of the constant criticism on him. Its his style. If you don't like it, listen to Megadeth or Slayer or something.
    Album is to me very good, but the mixing/mastering kinda takes something away from it.
    Trujillo seems like the only one who actually sounds like an adult when he speaks to the press. The other guys sorta come across as anxious teenagers.
    Decent album but not the one that they should be proud of. We all know that Metallica can do much much better.
    DM was a good first step. Kicking the mexican out and getting Newsted back would be a nice next step.
    Although I love Newsted, he's chosen his own path. Trujillo is a great replacement, and full member of the band.
    I would like to add on top of this that Trujillo has now been in the band almost as long as Jason was. Rob is a great bassist and, frankly, I like his playing better than Jason's.
    Josh Reubenking
    Get over it. Jason's not in the band. He was a great contribution to the band, but he wanted to move on and try different things. Robert is in the band now, and he's been amazing with Metallica. No use whining over something that's been over for 12 years now.
    I'm pretty sure Trujillo is American. Maybe he should change his name to Smith or Jones just to avoid confusing ignorants like yourself.
    "the mexican"... esta es una de las razones por las que ustedes se merecen cada atentado, 9/11, boston..racista!!
    I like most of the songs from Death Magnetic. I didn't really notice any issues with the mixing to be honest, but now I probably will. I was already hoping the new album would take after Death Magnetic though.
    I was a fan of 'Death Magnetic" but I felt that Metallica sounded like an imitation of themselves with that album.
    Senor Kristian
    Am I the only one who thinks it's a bit weird too look at your previous album as your sole inspiration? Reflect, revise and improve and all that but it almost sounds like they are focusing solely on Death Magnetic. Very formulatic... which Death Magnetic also was anyway, so... WHatever man!
    And here I thought I was the only one who thought Death Magnetic was a really good album....
    Love Death Magnetic except for James' singing on it and some of the lyrics are pretty bad. The production problem is solved by downloading the guitar hero version, which is exactly the same but not as compressed and sounds much better.
    I think they should dumb down the mixing and just make it raw. The tone may not be as good, but the power will make up for it, if the songs kick ass.
    groove? lol!!!!! they have no groove thats why most of the albums sound the same!! it's blockhead caveman metal...
    I'm really looking forward to hear Metallica's next album because Death Magnetic was damn good.
    I wouldn't mind them continuing with the style of Death Magnetic, in terms of songwriting it was a pretty good album besides the obvious solo parts with too much wah, as long as they improve the production.
    "Probably" won't have the same issues. Brilliant. As if there is ANYTHING preventing them having those issues again. Money certainly wouldn't be a problem.
    No, they're never in a million years going to write an album as memorable as Kill em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, or Justice. They're not pissed off, hungry 20-something year olds. they're still a great band and definitely have the potential to put out good albums of course.
    When I first bought it, I have to admit that I quite enjoyed Death Magnetic. However, after a few listens it became apparent that the songs themselves were simply "cut-and-paste" creations, which I quickly became bored of. As Robert said in this interview, they became famous for "those signature Metallica grooves". The fact is when they were written, they were found within a particular song. Now all they do is write riffs.
    I liked this album. Yes, in my opinion it was mixed wrong or to distorted but I'm no expert in that department. Honestly though, I hear every Metallica album in Death Magnetic. I just don't feel Rick Rubin is the man for the job. I would prefer Bob Rock but we all know that isn't going to happen. Excited to see what the band comes up with.