Metal titans Metallica recently discussed the work they've done so far when it comes to their new album. Although still in the earlier stages, the band definitely got the writing process under way. "Writing music is somewhat important to us," frontman James Hetfield told Huffington Post Canada. "We focus. Focus."
"That's the plan," Kirk Hammett added. "We'll start writing the album. We were supposed to start last year [laughs] but there you have it; we'll see how it goes." Drummer Lars Ulrich revealed a few more details regarding the time spent in the studio. "We are looking forward to making a record," he said. "Up at HQ in northern California, we've already done, what, two or three dances there. We've got a lot of the basic stuff waded through. When we write, we have a very peculiar writing process; we don't sit down and go, 'Okay, A to E to let's come up with something.'" Lars continued, "Ninety-five percent of our records come from jams - literally pre-concert jams, tuning room jams, all this kind of stuff - so everything we do is always recorded. The biggest time consuming element of us making a record is listening to all the stuff that we've recorded. So there's five years worth of stuff. We've listened to about 80 percent of it. We've done two or three dances maybe, collectively six weeks to just listen through the ideas and kind of grade them." Meanwhile, "Through the Never" 3D movie was confirmed as the biggest single expense in the group's history. According to Bloomberg, the film's $30 million budget made it more expensive than all Metallica albums combined. But back to the new album, bassist Rob Trujillo also gave his thoughts on the process so far, sharing an optimistic stance regarding studio work. "We're having a blast, really a lot of fun doing it," he said, "so if we can continue with that spirit, we're gonna have a good time making this record."