Rob Trujillo: 'James Hetfield's Throwaway Riff Will be Another Band's Greatest'

"We're blessed in that way," says Metallica bassist.

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Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo recently praised frontman James Hetfield's riff-writing skills, naming copious amounts of available riffs as somewhat of a problem when it comes to new record.

"Our - if you want to call it a problem is [that] we've got so many ideas and so many riffs and that's why if you listen to some of these albums there's so much going on, cause we've gotta put them in a song," Trujillo told prior to band's first ever Malaysia performance last Wednesday (August 21).

"I mean James Hetfield - his throwaway riff will be another band's greatest song [or] riff, so we're blessed in that way," he added. "And we have a lot of fun doing what we do."

The bassist also reached the subject of advice he has for younger generations, naming versatility and open-minded approach to music as some of the key factors.

"I believe that the younger generation - if they embrace everything from genuine punk rock to thrash - blues bands, soul music, funk music, James Brown. You can listen to Slayer and James Brown, that's what I do. I love both and that's what it's all about. Play with your fingers, play with a pick, enjoy, have fun doing it."

Metallica is hoping to enter studio in 2014 and have the new album out in 2015. The four-piece is currently giving their primary focus to the upcoming "Through the Never" 3D movie IMAX theaters premiere scheduled for September 27.

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    I don't get why so many people dislike Rob as a bassist, usually spouting "OHH URRR HE'LL NEVER BE CLIFF OR JASON DOYYYYY" Well no shit, he's never going to be Cliff or Jason, but each bassist brings something new to the table (oh god no I said *that* word) and they've all done a good job. He contributed to Death Magnetic and I absolutely loved that album. I think he deserves the whatever recognition he gets as a good bassist, he's a cool lad.
    If Rob ever leaves, the only thing you'll hear/read is "(new bassist) will never be able to live up to Cliff, Jason or Rob. #RIP METALLICA #yoloswag"
    Jacques Nel
    Agreed. And it seems he's also here to stay so people should get used to him if they've not done so yet. I personally like what he's doing.
    Really? People call out for Jason? As much as I liked Jason, Ive never met a fan who preferred him to Rob, only Cliff was the untouchable within the Metallica fanbase. These fans must be teenagers I guess. Rob is a BEAST as a bassist and stage presence.
    I much prefer Jason to Rob. Nothing against Rob, he's a brilliant bassist, but Jason had something more. Jason had more of a presence on the stage in my opinion....
    I've only seen Jason on video but seen Rob twice live and it's almost as if Metallica isn't as Epic as they were before Rob, Rob does thrash pretty hard and I love how he downtunes his bass until the string falls off.
    It's actually pretty amusing. While Jason was a member, everyone said "waaahhh, he'll never live up to Cliff!" Now that Rob's a member, everyone says "waaahhh, he'll never live up to Jason!" Whatever, can't please everyone. I just hope the next album has a larger bass sound/presence (though I do love DM).
    Exactly what I was thinking. Jason is just a better backup vocalist than Rob. And I remember the days when everyone was on Jasons ass no matter how well he did. And the thing is he never had as much stage presence as Rob with his tarantula walk (and also a much more accomplished bassist), Jason used to run like a maniac only up until the Black Album Tour. At the end Jason became my favourite member cause he was never about the money.
    why the hell do people care who the bassist in metallica is anyway? i havent really heard anything amazing from the bass section since around the master of puppets album. after that, i can hardly hear the bass much less feel any real groove in it.
    Jacques Nel
    James has amazing riffs, but why should too much be a problem? Just bring out more songs per album. Really, I don't see why they can't incorporate them into more tracks, just call them 'bonus tracks' like everyone else does with the ones they don't think lives up to the standard.
    Ummmm, isn't that what they just did with Death Magnetic and Beyond Death Magnetic?
    Jacques Nel
    Yes...but I'm responding to this guy's claim that having too many riffs is a problem. I'm not saying they never do that.
    The reason why its a problem is, for example, if you were shown 10 hot chicks and had to choose ONE to date, you're going to have a hard time choosing. On the otherside of the coin, if you decided one wasn't enough and you wanted to have all TEN, you're going to have to find room in your life for each of them or you'll just lose all of them.
    Jacques Nel
    ...and personally, a lot of the times some of the 'bonus tracks' end up being my favorites.
    I agree with you there. Often times I really like the other album tracks than what is realeased as singles/video, etc. I am looking forward to what they do next, as DM was a def step in the right direction again. I liked the Load/Reload albums, but it just wasn't quite the Metallica I loved. Good, just different.
    Jacques Nel
    At least, unlike bands like Linkin Park, Metallica always return to their roots. St Anger was also not amazing. But as you said DM was a solid album. I'm sure the next one will be as well, especially seeing as it's been so long since they've released DM.
    I rather have a album with few GREAT songs, than an garbage can full of shit
    They can also do a "Load" and "Re-load" type of thing again. No sense in not using a riff, especially if it's good. Just make more songs and albums.
    To be honest, I think they should go back to that style of music. Metallica just don't have that thrashiness to them anymore. They should just right whatever the hell they want (as long as it's good) without being pressured into a certain direction. A double album would be sick too (can't complain about more Metallica songs). Metallica have reached a point in their career where no matter what they release, they'll make more fans than they'll lose.
    Careful...I'm pretty sure they actually lost fans after they released their collaboration album.
    They can't exactly do that because the cd can hold so much, so they need to be really picky to choose the best of the best, and that, is what becomes a Really time-consuming problem.
    Or maybe make a double album of great riffs. Either a gargantuan The Wall-style album in two pieces, or two separate pieces, a la SOAD's Mezmerize/Hypnotize. I've always wanted a Metallica double album.
    Load and Reload? Have you been under a rock or something?
    I find it hard to not like Rob or James; both seem like such down to earth guys, and both are such brilliant musicians. I struggle to think of many better rhythm guitarist/bassist duos at the moment.
    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush are pretty great. Alex has to be the most under-appreciated guitarist ever, IMO
    Dav Mustang & Davyd Elfson
    I'm no expert on Megadeth, but I imagine this comment is debatable.