Metallica: '90 Percent of the New Record Is Actually Written'

Meanwhile, Lars Ulrich responds to Mogwai with "Huh? What? Who are you?"

Metallica: '90 Percent of the New Record Is Actually Written'
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich gave somewhat of a surprising update regarding the band's new album, noting that the vast majority of the massively-anticipated release has in fact been written.

"I don't think there's any more ways of saying it. We've run out of clever soundbites. It's time to make another record," Lars kicked off during a 107.7 the Bone chat.

Naming the band's endeavors from the past few years, the drummer shared hopes of Orion Music festival's return. Returning to the album matter, he added (via Blabbermouth):

"I can tell you, all kidding aside, I'm pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it's just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It's just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song. And so, I'm pretty psyched about that."

Explaining how the writing process tends to get a bit hectic, Lars concluded, "Like I said, I'm pretty convinced that most of the raw material actually exists. It's just a matter of connecting the dots.

"I've said this before, we've applied for 28-hour days, but we haven't gotten word back yet, because the four extra hours that we would get out of that would certainly expedite the making of the next record - it would get it sooner. But we're still stuck with 24-hour days and something about six-hour minimum sleep requirements and kids that have to go to school and all the rest of it.

"And it does move forward, but maybe not as fast as we would like and certainly not as fast as a lot of our fans would like. It's certainly not 'cause we're avoiding it," Ulrich said.

In related news, Lars responded to the Glastonbury drama and the petition demanding Metallica's removal from the bill due to James Hetfield's fondness of hunting. Apart from calling the whole matter "ridiculous," the drummer focused on Mogwai, the Glasto performers dubbing Metallica "s-ite" and Lars a "terrible drummer."

"Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England, and we're respectful to that," the drummer told Metal Hammer. "But if somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there's a point that it just becomes ridiculous.

"We're fairly thick-skinned. Obviously if Mick Jagger has something to say, or Alex Turner, or the nice guys in Kasabian, it's cool. But if some guy in some other band ... it's like, 'Huh? What? Who are you?'"

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    SteveDoninger
    Sweet, can't wait to hear it in 8 years....
    Witt1975
    So much hate! (not just you, a lot of negative comments on the article) Lol, just curious as to why the same comments don't turn up on Tool updates? I want an album as much as the next person but they do need to take their time about it. If they toned down the touring a bit they'd likely be able to put albums out more often.
    third(-)eye
    Probably because everyone knows the new Tool album is going to be amazing. If history is an indication, the new Metallica record will suck.
    filipe26
    That's relative. Last Tool album had 3 good songs only, the rest was just meh.
    Janak
    Maybe the last Tool album only had 3 good songs to closed-minded fools like yourself...
    LEHJOHND
    I'm not having a go but ultimate guitar, i find your Mustaine articles more entertaining then your Metallica articles
    Nuclearcrayon
    Come to think of it, I haven't seen a Mustaine article in a good while now
    Elintasokas
    Yeah, we need to know what Mustaine thinks about Metallica having 90% of their new material written.
    Jacques Nel
    He has 91% of his next album written, take that Metallica.
    Drawingbankai
    Haven't Megadeth put out like 3 or 4 albums since Metallica put out DM?
    mattcapitano
    Mustaine would rather sacrifice quality of new songs rather than take some time. Super collider was an absolute joke.
    julle72
    Ha come on. Mustaine put Collider out, not their strongest album I would agree, but far from Bad either. I listen to it right now as we speak...13 and Endgame were great. Metallica has done shit for +10 years and everybody backs them up...
    pjn7000
    So what's next, UG? Metallica vs Glastonbury or Metallica saying the same old stuff about their album progress?
    Jacques Nel
    Only 90% WRITTEN? Next article will probably read "Metallica has 90.2% of the new album written, will probably be released somewhere between August 2016 and December 'Apocalypse year'".
    Slayer35
    If this album turns out like Death Magnetic, I'll be happy. Kinda wish they would make another album like Load/ReLoad, man, those were good albums.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Load/Reload were terrible.
    Swizzlestix
    Except they really weren't; House That Jack Built, King Nothing, Bleeding Me, Cure, Wasting My Hate, Mama Said, Thorn Within, The Outlaw Torn, Fuel, The Memory Remains, Devil's Dance, The Unforgiven II, Slither, Carpe Diem Baby, Bad Seed, Where The Wild Things Are, Prince Charming, Low Man's Lyric, Attitude, Fixxer. and that just happens to be 80% of the songs on both albums, all of which are fantastic
    benthegrunge
    oh yeh, because that's really a list of'fantastic'songs that have added to the legacy of the first 5 albums
    Jehannum
    I liked Load & Reload. I wouldn't be unhappy for them to revisit the hard rock sound for some of the songs on the new album.
    dorpzot
    I bet it's just something like Death Magnetic, throw some riffs in it, mediocre solo's and repeat the riffs til you get 8 minute songs...But I'll still check it out.
    a7xrocker201
    Why do people hate DM so much. It wasn't their best album but they could've put something out far worse. I would call it a generic album if anything but it wasn't THAT BAD.
    howyjr
    Now, I'm not positive about this at all, but haven't they written all of their albums in a similar way? Piece together riffs they've jammed out to during pre-show rehearsals?
    ifc69
    Probably, but for DM it seems like they just numbered all their riffs drew them from a hat to make a song. And they definitely played the riffs too long.
    axelgarcia1
    So basically Lars told us the exact same thing they've been saying for two months... I honestly wish they would just shut up about it and say something when they're actually RECORDING.
    arabmetallion
    I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually miss all those Mustaine articles we had, atleast they had some variety. Its either "we have over 9929329222 riffs" or "hipster thinks Metallica shouldn't play at Glastonbury".
    GloriousMetal
    MUSTAINE WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT THEIR RIFF LEVEL? IT'S OVER 9000 !! Sorry, I couldn't resist
    GloriousMetal
    MUSTAINE WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT THEIR RIFF LEVEL? IT'S OVER 9000 !! Sorry, I couldn't resist