We could easily say that Metallica has been one of this year's busiest bands so far. Making a 3D movie, organizing the second Orion Music Festival, concerts around the globe, the metal icons have it all covered. Or at least all except the new album, as the new release may take even longer than expected.
In a recent interview on Gulf News, guitarist Kirk Hammett didn't seem too sure on whether the new album will arrive during 2014 as previously announced.
"That's what we're hoping would happen. Whether that's a reality, we'll see. We're recording stuff here and there, but it's a pretty slow process."
The guitarist showed great excitement regarding the upcoming "Metallica Through the Never" 3D movie, calling the genre itself the thing of the future. As for the movie itself, it's gone well into the production stage and should be ready for the August 9 premiere.
"There's going to be a point when most movies are going to be released in 3D. The genre is just beginning, and we feel that it's going to be the future. There's very little behind-the-scenes footage, and there are no interviews with the band," says Hammett. "It's a concert performance and there's a story narrative that weaves in and out with the footage. It's interconnected in a way. It's very unique in that you don't have duality in it - it's intertwined that it becomes one entity. We're very excited about it, because we feel nothing like it has been done before."
"From the footage we've seen, it looks pretty amazing. It is a trip seeing yourself in 3D, that's for sure! Actually, it's a trip seeing yourself on a 25-feet cinema screen to begin with. The 3D aspect makes it all that much intense."
Hammett also talked about Metallica's longevity, naming the chemistry within the band as the main driving force.
"With us, chemistry is everything. And there's certain chemistry in the band that allows us to function, at a certain frequency. That frequency is a lot more unique than the frequency a lot of other bands have."