Metallica Hoping to Fully Commit Themselves to New Album in August

"Hopefully we can get a good 60 hours in a week and just get in there and just hit it," says Lars Ulrich.

Metallica Hoping to Fully Commit Themselves to New Album in August
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Lars Ulrich has been speaking with Daniel P. Carter of Radio 1's Rock Show (via Blabbermouth) about progress on the new Metallica album. As the drummer notes, while the writing is going well, the progress has been slower than the band would have liked due to other commitments:

"It's good. I wish we were writing more. But we always end up doing this, then we've gotta do this, then somebody says this, then we've gotta rehearse 'The Frayed Ends Of Sanity', and then we'll go play this thing for... We did a thing for Ozzy, kind of a tribute to Ozzy a week ago. And all these things always happen. And the word 'no' is not one that we're very good with. So people [say to us], 'Come and do this.' 'OK, we'll be there.' And then all of a sudden, it's, like, there goes all the writing for that week. But it's slogging along."

Ulrich revealed that the band is planning to start work on the album proper from mid-August, continuing to work on it until the end of the year:

"Right now there's nothing on the calendar at all from mid-August... we have a one-off in Montreal... but from mid-August for the rest of the year, there's nothing on the calendar, so hopefully we can get a good 60 hours in a week and just get in there and just hit it."

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    EpicRockstar
    1.000's of riffs and they are still writing? This ain't a book Lars just make some goddamn music.
    fromzero
    Thousands of riffs but they haven't written any kick/snare/kick/snare parts yet.
    Fonkee
    Just get in some dirty studio with an old school punk rock attitude, have a few glasses of whiskey and bash that album out for god's sake!! Stop "talking" about doing it!!
    ermonski
    James doesn't drink anymore.
    munkybusiness
    I think he has the odd pint like any other normal human now.
    awb120
    You have to drink to be normal?
    munkybusiness
    Why do you have to take everything so seriously? If you want to read and process everything in a full on literal sense then nothing will ever be right in your head. I heard him say some dude saw him with ONE beer and approached him and was like 'woahh dude, what are you doing" James then said something assuring like Its OK and he isn't dependant on booze anymore. For Christ sake, who cares? We all just want the new record, don't we. As for the bear joke below, sorry, that really was just stupidity. No hostility intended on my part.
    vikkyvik
    Alcoholics aren't particularly capable of having the "odd pint like any other normal human".
    Democrab
    Not all of them are. Dave Mustaine was an alcoholic to a degree equal or higher than that of James yet he can manage to have glass of wine every so often apparently.
    Sixxstarr
    James is an intense recovering alcoholic and has stated he is a reborn straight edge man....Alcoholics on james level can't have a pint...they end up drinking 30
    5MinutesAlone
    I think people need to realize that making albums is no longer a priority in the music business. Live shows are what gets the cash flowing in...this is why they are in no hurry to make a new album. Not saying that they care only about money...but their management is probably booking dates for them for the sake of doing 'what works for the business' and they just keep saying yes.
    slipdisk
    Exactly. And we as the fans just have to be patient. I mean go do something else: listen to other bands, go do a hobby, spend time with the family etc.
    haifisch234
    Their attitude is bad. It should be a lot of fun for them, recording an album, not an obligatory job or something.
    tmiam0720
    It almost feels as though they don't really want to make a new album to me. It feels like all they're doing is just talk about it but, not actually get any work done with it. Almost feels like they are delaying the inevitable.
    myap0calypse99
    or.... "then we've gotta rehearse 'The Frayed Ends Of Sanity', and then we'll go play this thing for... We did a thing for Ozzy, kind of a tribute to Ozzy a week ago. And all these things always happen. And the word 'no' is not one that we're very good with. So people [say to us], 'Come and do this.' 'OK, we'll be there.' And then all of a sudden, it's, like, there goes all the writing for that week. But it's slogging along."
    Dynamight
    I like how he pretends they're busy with other stuff, when all they do is fúck around most of the time.
    rockguitar316
    The best work is done in a non-stressed environment. If they make the album in their free time there's more inspiration and creativity with the natural flow of things. The album will be better if they just take their time and aren't forced into it like St. Anger.
    howyjr
    Good to hear... again. I have faith that the album, whenever it comes out, will sound like Metallica.
    Sammy Mantis
    Meh, whatever. August will turn into December, December will turn into April, etc. These guys just don't seem motivated or excited about making new music at all. In fact, it seems they're more interested in doing just about anything else.
    MiltonMalone
    It`s sad to see how they destroy their legacy every year a little more.And i don`t mean it musicaly(it´s still a matter of taste). Their obsessive behavior to do"such great events", to be "the biggest this and the first that" pi..es me of....
    georgi.artakov
    Let them take their time. If they keep getting better or atleast stay like they are right now, that album will be a blast!
    afraidtoshoot
    Everybody was so pushy for these guys to release something new, and they came out with Lulu. If it takes them 20 more years to make a new album, but it's as good as Death Magnetic, I'll be more than happy to wait.
    joe.chahine.773
    really? If you would wait 20years for something like Death Magnetic then I think you should expand your musical horizons more.
    paulyg
    60 hours in a week. That's dedication.
    Barricade_28
    30 of those hours will be napping, making lunches with that shrink in the funky sweaters, and "spending time with family".
    6-String_Madman
    the "making lunches with that shrink in the funky sweaters" only happened during the recording of St. Anger.
    howyjr
    So much hate for a band that has brought so much joy and inspiration to so many people. It would be interesting to poll how many people wanted to learn guitar (or other instrument) after listening to Metallica. I'm proud to be one of those people.
    Fleur de Lys
    Ha! They're so unwilling to start writing, procrastinating at every turn. This album will be great.
    av0n
    Come and give me 50% of your money. Ok? You'll be there?