While recently discussing the upcoming Metallica record, bassist Rob Trujillo simply couldn't hide the excitement over what he described as "an extension" of the group's previous release "Death Magnetic."
During an interview with Banana 101.5, Trujillo especially praised the frontman James Hetfield and his songwriting abilities, saying that "the minute he plugs in his guitar, he comes up with the worlds greatest riff."
"The real scoop would be that, in the last few months, we've been jamming new ideas. Now, I guess, you could say it's a blessing and a curse. There is an arsenal, years of riffs that we have recorded," the bassist started. "James Hetfield, I mean, the minute he plugs in his guitar and adjusts the tone knob, he comes up with the world's greatest riff. It's a process of elimination to see what is gonna be good enough for what were trying to do and it takes a long time.
"I can also say that the ideas are awesome. Im super psyched. I feel that this next album, for me personally, is really truly going to be an extension of Death Magnetic. 'Death Magnetic' to me is a launchpad for what we are gonna do and what we can do. That was a long process and that was a heavy experience. We had five children born during the 'Death Magnetic' cycle. So here we go on this new adventure and were not gonna have five children born on [this] cycle... I hope not [laughs]."
After praising the record once again, Trujillo pointed out that there is still a long way to go until the release date, saying that "everybody's just gotta be patient."
Previous Metallica reports indicate that there is a "strong possibility" for Rick Rubin to produce the new album. As far as the group's other projects go, Orion Music festival is set to take place this weekend (June 8-9) in Detroit, while the premiere of "Through the Never" 3D movie is scheduled for August 9.
As the ninth record in Metallica opus, "Death Magnetic" came out in September 2008 via Warner/Vertigo Records. With 490,000 copies sold within the first week, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the group's fifth consecutive chart topper.