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.