Metallica's Trujillo: 'Death Magnetic' Was a More Collaborative Album Than 'Hardwired'

"Yes, I'm a songwriter, but when I'm here with Lars, James and Kirk, I'm here to support whatever we need to do."

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Metallica's Trujillo: 'Death Magnetic' Was a More Collaborative Album Than 'Hardwired'
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Rob Trujillo discussed his role on Metallica's latest album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct," telling KFMX (transcribed by UG):

"This album is different from [2008's] 'Death Magnetic.'

"'Death Magnetic' was really a collaborative album; this album kinda stemmed from James' riffs.

"We had so many riffs, they all sounded great and we just ran with it; so this is an accumulation of James' riffs.

"My job is to offer whatever I can in this band. Sometimes it's song ideas like on 'Death Magnetic,' a lot of my ideas there.

"This time around, it was mostly Hetfield, but I support that - I'm like Joe Walsh in Eagles, like, 'Anything to help the Eagles!' [Chuckles]

"Yes, I'm a songwriter, but when I'm here with Lars, James and Kirk, I'm here to support whatever we need to do.

"In my first couple of years [he joined the band in 2003], I was not in a creative space 'cause I had my first child and I was still learning the catalog.

"I was not in a headspace to write, but what I ended up was supporting Kirk's ideas for 'cause Kirk had a CD with like 300 ideas."

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sombrero_mop
    "'cause Kirk had a CD with like 300 ideas." Did he lose all the solos for St. Anger on that CD?
    deadmanwalkin00
    I thought it was a phone not a CD? Also it was explained in the Some Kind of Monster documentary that, Kirk wanted to have solos on that album but the rst of band felt like solos wouldn't flow well int he album.
    zack2k
    I'm pretty sure he lost his VHS with 200 riff back during Justice for All.
    JustStayDown90
    Having watched a huge amount of their live and tuning room performances, where Kirk usually fails to practice his own solos beforehand and ends up "improvising," (sloppy, limited technique, and oftentimes off-key) I'm pretty sure his "lost" ideas weren't that great to begin with. He would at least remember a few riffs, had he been telling the truth.  Plus, as badass as the Creeping Death "die" and Sandman riffs are, they're pretty much all he's done for the band riff-wise. I think James and Lars are all Metallica need to write awesome songs. Not sure about Rob, perhaps they haven't given him a chance. 
    jayodon1
    What a load of crap, "sloppy, limited technique, and often times off key" how many albums have you produced or recorded or played live to millions of die hard fans? Sloppy, limited technique, and often times off key doesn't get you the heights of success that Kirk along with the rest of Metallica have achieved. You're entitled to your opinion, I respect that but don't stand on your soapbox preaching rubbish. I've seen them live countless times and he's hit every note and recreated everything he's recorded in studios nearly flawlessly unlike countless other "technical" studio musicians who over complicate and under perform repeatedly until they fizzle in the shadows never to be heard of again.
    JustStayDown90
    "how many albums have you produced or recorded or played live to millions of die hard fans?" I mean, you're not countering my argument at all.  "Sloppy, limited technique, and often times off key doesn't get you the heights of success that Kirk along with the rest of Metallica have achieved." I'm not talking about the rest of Metallica, just Kirk. He's been in Metallica for so long that he's irreplaceable, sure, but my argument stands.  Are you a musician? Because if you are, it's sad that you disagree with me on what I said about his soloing.  Listen to his improvised solo at 6:20 (this is just one of the hundreds of examples I could list for you, but just won't bother to).
    CLiFF-BuRToN
    Metallica is one of the few bands that didn't change too many band members it's 30+ career and whenever they changed members it caused disaster. For Example Cliff died and they couldn't get over it, Newsted left and this almost caused the band to break up so Kirk realized that they won't replace him untill he died or he left himself, he became way more comfortable than he should and stopped practicing.
    Barricade_28
    One of the reasons Trujillo was chosen is because he's an easy-going guy like Kirk who won't butt heads with Lars & James' control-freak egos (but I still love the guys).  A stronger personality who always wanted some artistic input just wouldn't work in this band.  And it's why Kirk is still in the band 35 years later too.
    strobers
    I've read several interviews with Trujillo and I have to say that if I was in a band I would want him in it. He's super flexible, can share ideas, is a phenomenal player and most important of all isn't a dick and knows how to get along with people. Some people might argue that he comes across as being a bit co-dependent, but personally I think he has his ego in check and has a more world view about the band, rather than choosing to be a band bully and insist on his way all the time.  I like the guy. He comes across as somebody I'd sit down and have a beer with and talk music. 
    Melekith
    Wasn't "creative differences" what led Newsted to step away from the band?  Sounds like Trujillo is fine with just being "a guy in the band" and I don't see that happening here, but he shouldn't ever be afraid to speak up.
    Silveroon009
    Not quite, I mean as broad strokes sure but Jason left specifically because he wasn't allowed creative freedom, meaning that when he mentioned he wanted to have a side project James gave him an ultimatum of "it's either us or them". Sadly James later did agree with him and regrets giving him that ultimatum but that's water under the bridge.