Metallica: 'Writing Music Is Somewhat Important to Us'

Meanwhile, 'Through the Never' confirmed as the band's biggest expense ever, costing more than all albums combined.

Metallica: 'Writing Music Is Somewhat Important to Us'
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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."

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    JonoD
    Metallica are one of my favourites but ****in hell do I get sick of seeing news about them everyday
    Slipknot101.0
    that's UG's fault, not Metallica.
    Ritchie360
    No one said it's Metallica's fault. UG is draining Metallica news using the words "writing, new record, album" in their titles. This isn't NEWS this is information, we know already! They've told us they will be working on an album in 2014, unless something actually CHANGES, stop it with all the useless news messages please.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Don't you know that this site is essentially a Mustaine-Metallica-Grohl circle jerk. Still waiting for the "Dave Mustaine said a thing today" daily column.
    cfhdomination
    In other words, we'd rather pursue other endeavors like movies and playing in Antarctica.
    jordo246
    And who are you to tell them to do otherwise?
    cfhdomination
    I'm not saying they should do otherwise. Where, in my comment, does it say "they need to write music."
    jordo246
    The part where your comment makes what they're saying sound like they'd rather be doing anything else?
    third(-)eye
    Well, let's think about this for a sec; maybe they would rather make a movie and play to penguins than write new shit because they're sick of putting out half-assed material and causing their popularity to further decrease? I don't see what's incorrect about that implication at all.
    cfhdomination
    Nope. You just interpreted it that way. All I'm saying is they have other priorities right now. Writing music isn't one of them. It may look like a smart ass comment, but I'm not saying "Metallica needs to start writing new music!!!"
    stranger218
    Somewhat important? See, thats the main problem here. Writing music should be the priority for a band, not just "somewhat important".
    ridinglightning
    A band also has to put live performances of their previously written music and what not into the mix too.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    A band shouldn't be a nostalgia band living off their old music they wrote years ago. They should be able to write good enough new music for live shows.
    howyjr
    Or a band should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do. My only gripe with Metallica is that they could take more up and coming bands under their wings and foster a new age of metal. They have the money and influence to do so much good in the metal community - whatever that might be.
    jamie_hough
    I'm not sure if your sarcasm gauge is off with their comments, or if mine is with yours..?
    schecterhellraz
    Isn't it fun when we take one phrase out of context and use it as the headline of the article?
    lemmyisgod97
    How is it used out of context, it's what he said ?
    schwinginbatman
    Seemed obvious, at least to me, that he wasn't using the term "somewhat" literally. It was followed up by "We focus."
    schecterhellraz
    what batman said... like if I'm talking a nuclear reactors and say that a meltdown of the core would be kind of a big deal, with my usual sarcasm. Then a reported says, "nuclear engineer says reactor meltdown is only "kind of a big deal". clearly doesn't care of public safety." see how it twists the initial intentions?
    District
    Two or three dances in the studio? That's gonna be an interesting record!
    third(-)eye
    "Somewhat" important. "Somewhat". All of a sudden so many things make so much more sense.
    BlackLabel5150
    Actually I think these guys are playing it right. These guys do not need to prove anything to anyone anymore, including themselves. arguably the biggest metal act we have seen to date, they clearly do not need the money. they'll record an album when they feel like it, they have no obligation to anyone. they got older the albums come when they come, the sell out every seat every show. And if anyone thinks these guys still care if they lose a fan here and there, your balls will drop soon don't worry. Metallica have this game licked. hats off to them.
    Fats_McClure
    Word Up, Man. Sometimes it is hard for us mere mortals to comprehend what folks who have ascended as high as Metallica are doing. I don't worry about it. I just enjoy the show.
    welcomeblack
    Personally, I'd like to hear an album that isn't just jam material. That's not how masterpieces are made.
    DvanG
    That's the most decent reaction you can actually give to their current state. Writing involves storytelling. And storytelling is diffferent from anecdotes being glued together.
    DrCOOL
    I love it. You're in a mega successful band that is your lively hood and writing is "somewhat important" to you. What a statement. It definitely shows in their last few releases.
    MrPajamaShark
    The "somewhat" is just a playful understatement by the band. James is a fun guy, and he threw in a bit of sarcasm. People are taking that one statement too literally. If it truly was only "somewhat" important, they wouldn't be talking about how fun the writing process is, or about how much possible material they have.
    Megadeth2011
    Can we please stop this argument? I love Megadeth much more, but they're both great bands that are very stylistically different. Everybody compares Kill Em All and Killing is My Business and albums like those. They're both great, but they're too far different to begin to judge one by the other
    chrismyers3225
    I agree with you. No reason to argue over things like this. You can't compare bands from different genres, or that have different styles. It then becomes more of an opinion. The bands would have to be almost identical for you to bring in the question "who is better"
    ScottStewart1
    Killing is My Business > Kill 'em All. Master of Puppets > Rust in Peace both bands have solid material, as well as turds (Risk, Super Collider) (St. Anger, Lulu)
    Doomzdayxx
    Yeah. "Somewhat" important. You can tell. Back in the 80's it was extremely important. R.I.P. Metallica. 1982-1988
    haifisch234
    The key word to this is "somewhat". That explains a lot about their attitude nowadays. 2015 for the new LP is an optimistic release date.
    ibanez124
    Geez, people around here get up in arms about the dumbest stuff. Metallica is at a point where they have nothing else to prove. They have written great albums, and they are financially in a place where they don't have to keep producing albums if they don't want to. I wouldn't take "Somewhat" as meaning that they don't care, they are just having fun doing whatever they hell they want (i.e. Antartica, Movies etc.) Here's a little secret . . . they don't owe you a damn thing.
    Sikkii
    Kill em' all is over with, Metallica sucks now. that's why their movie tanked.
    GMPX
    Now be fair, Ride, Puppets, AJFA were pretty good too.....back to the sucking part you mentioned from that point on.
    Metalgodv2
    Death magnetic didn't really show this.... Good album none the less but the lyrics sounded like they were just thrown together