"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."
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