In a recent interview with The National, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich took some time talk about the new album writing process, as well as various other current affairs. Ulrich has clearly shared views with bassist Robert Trujillo on the band being "very proud" of their latest studio effort, also calling it a "difficult record to follow."
"Obviously, 'Death Magnetic' was very positively received all over the world and I'm very thankful for that," Ulrich said. "We're now in the middle of making a new record, and so when you make a new record, you have a tendency to revisit the one you made previously, and I've heard a little bit of 'Death Magnetic' over the last couple of months and it still sounds fantastic, so it will be a difficult record to follow."
"We are just writing at the moment; we haven't started [tracking] the record. These live shows help indirectly. When we come back to write, we are inspired by the energy of playing to 20,000 people each night. The one thing with this band is that when things are the same too long, we want to break free of that. We have horrible attention spans."
The drummer has also revealed plans to re-release previous Metallica albums via their recently-founded label Blackened Recordings.
"Now that we own our own records and have our own label, we will probably take each album, remaster them and make them available with the latest technology and find interesting outtakes and additional things that will make it special. You do want to cash in, so if you can put some packages together that are special to the fans, it is worth doing."
Finally, Ulrich gave a short update on the "Metallica Through the Never" 3D movie progress. The film is supposedly about 75 percent complete and according to the drummer, we've "never seen anything quite like it."
"The show was shot in Vancouver and Edmonton, in the west of Canada, in August 2012. The production crew spent three weeks after that shooting the non-concert footage. It is a very unusual film. You've never seen anything quite like it. In theaters it will be in 3D and is coming out in America in August. We are probably 75 percent through the editing now."