Metallica: 'We Probably Have Three or Four Albums Worth of Material'

"But we want to make one really good album," Kirk Hammett adds.

Metallica: 'We Probably Have Three or Four Albums Worth of Material'
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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett gave somewhat of a fresh update regarding the band's upcoming studio effort, focusing once again on the abundance of material the four-piece has piled up.

Explaining to Loudwire how the group is still in the early stages of making the record, Kirk said, "I mean, we've got a lot of riffs. We're blessed with the curse of having too many riffs. So you just have to be patient, but it's a good curse to have.

"We probably have three or four albums worth of material but we want to make one really good album," the guitarist added. "Maybe we'll just throw it all into one song, make it a nine-minute song with all those riffs!"

During a separate chat with Net Entertainment News, Hammett noted how "it's just [about] finding the time to really nail it down and focus. And that will come very soon."

Switching the subject to overall work approach, Kirk added (via Blabbermouth), "And we're old school about it, too; we like to all get in a room and bash it out. I know a lot of bands and a lot of musicians work digitally now, with just trading files, but, you know, we're still cavemen about it.

"We like to get in a room and bash it out and talk amongst ourselves and argue and fight. It's all part of the process, but it still feels real once you get to the end result," he concluded.

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    rkdodz
    so, that means they have the next 40 years covered?
    lbra73
    haha, remember the days when bands would release one album per year? those days are long gone as they don't make money anymore on it.
    troyofyort
    Yeah its kind of sad but at the same time not many bands could stay consistent on quality and pretty much anything after the first few albums became lackluster, minus a hit single here and there. Of course there are bands who did this and still have quality later albums like Rush and Iron Maiden, but I kind of prefer two to three years for each album, makes them feel more special.
    iommi600
    I think the chances of North Korea becoming a democratic country are actually bigger than the chances of Metallica putting out an album before 2016.
    UniformRecon
    It's a race! Place your bets! Tool, Metallica, or Guns N' Roses?
    TheRegularJohn
    2015 - Tool 2017 - Metallica 2025 - North Korea 2040 - Guns N' Roses... or maybe another few years...
    SstanN
    2015 - Tool 2017 - Nirvana 2018 - Led Zeppelin 2020 - pink Floyd
    the_bi99man
    2015 - Tool Later in 2015 - Metallica 2018 - Guns N' Roses 2037 - North Korea 2112 - Rush Cyborg Zombie Reunion Tour
    dudley.ledgiste
    2014 - England win the World Cup/2Pac returns at Christmas 2015 - North Korea decide to write all the wrongs they've committed 2016 - Kim Jong Un dies of an aids related illness 2016 - Metallica release album named Kim Jong All2017 - WW3 2025 - T-Virus escapes, Kurt Cobain returns in Zombie form and starts Nirvana reunion 2027 - Kerry King gets fired from Slayer and Tom Araya quits, band hires new members 2030 - Dave Mustaine admitted to rehab 2035 - The sound of Axl having a heart attack becomes the last G'N'R album, it's released Posthumously...
    iommi600
    Scratch the first one. If England beat anyone in a penalty shootout, I'll start wearing a tin foil hat.
    mini_cooper1701
    Officially known as the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" so I'm just gonna go ahead and get myself excited for an album release next week.
    Elderer
    Then just ****ing record and release it.
    The-MathMog
    Just because you have riffs, doesn't mean you have songs to record. Putting riffs together end by end isn't going to make it good. It takes time to find the right parts, polish and perfect every element to make it enjoyable. I'd rather want them to use a year extra on the record than just release something bad.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    A year extra? It's been 6 years since they've done an album (Not counting Lulu as that's just a shitfest).
    toasty333
    They haven't been working on this album for six years. Would you rather a shit album now, or a good album later?
    Dynamight
    A shit album now and a good album later.
    AlmostTheMan
    I remember when they said: "We're not going to need another 5 years to release the next album". I guess 7 is close though. Seriously hope they can produce something awesome this time too.
    lknut22
    These guys are using every excuse they got to hold back on recording. Just cause you have riffs doesn't mean you can cut and paste it into a song, like you did with Death Magnetic, which in my opinion was a PISS POOR attempt at re-living their 80s heyday. They need to write SONGS not just riffs, then cut and paste them into a track, thats why their last album sounds so ****ing stale. There is so much better metal bands out there anyways. These guys are hilarious.
    askingblackveil
    why do you *******s talk like making music is so simple. So much shit talk from a bunch of has- been fans. You ungrateful bastards are a like stupid dogs who won't stop eating. More and more and more is all you want. You don't have the love for music like James Hetfield does.
    DJL1994
    holy ****.... i am excited for new stuff but its NOT gonna get done by saying, yeah we have all this material. STOP. RECORD. RELEASE. THEN TALK.
    georgi.artakov
    What should he answer when he is beeing asked the same thing over and over... It's just how the media works... They release those stuff again and again too... But when the album comes out we are all gonna run to the first store, buy it and get goosebumbs on every riff! So just wait a little bit.
    DJL1994
    aw i'm waiting it's all good a rushed record would be bad, but they wont even begin haha, just talking and more talking about how they're going to soon. It will be great nonetheless!
    SstanN
    Don't take this too seriously.. They call 2 power chords a 'riff'..
    lemmyisgod97
    "Maybe we'll just throw it all into one song, make it a nine-minute song with all those riffs!" This is what was wrong with Death Magnetic in the first place.
    UniformRecon
    Yeah, I really don't like this writing process. I wish they'd actually sit down and work together to try to write a song in the mentality of not writing a bunch of riffs that'll be pieced together as they see fit. It just makes Death Magnetic sound like Metallica covering something trying to sound like Metallica. They're trying to write Metallica choruses, Metallica verses, and Metallica bridges, but not Metallica SONGS.
    Metalhead09z
    It must be sooo hard to make an album when you're a millionaire, you can have any guitar and amp you want and you have thousands of people who will buy it when it comes out