New Metallica Album To Sound Like 'Death Magnetic'?

Lars says it was criticised less than other albums, so they'll continue on the same path. Meanwhile, their forthcoming 3D movie takes inspiration from Led Zeppelin's 1976 film "The Song Remains The Same".

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Metallica say their next album will continue on the path that 2008's "Death Magnetic" set upon, and that their forthcoming 3D movie will take inspiration from Led Zeppelin.

In Zeppelin's 1976 film "The Song Remains The Same", live footage was merged with several "fantasy sequences" for each band member.

"There are similarities [to The Song Remains The Same]," Lars Ulrich told ClassicRock. "It's a full-length movie, and there's a lot in this film that does not take place onstage.

"The major difference is that the stuff that takes place offstage in the Metallica movie does not feature any members of Metallica. It's two separate worlds a Metallica show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe and at some point they intertwine."

The as-yet-unnamed movie is expected to launch this summer.

Meanwhile, Lars explained how "Death Magnetic" has drawn less lasting criticism than their other records, so they're going to continue to explore its sound on their next release.

"'Death Magnetic' is one motherf-ker of a record," Ulrich said. "There aren't many Metallica records that sound as good as 'Death Magnetic' four years after they were made. With a lot of the other records, there were questions: 'Why did we do that?' or 'What was going on there?' or 'Why didn't somebody say to turn the snare on?' I don't feel like that with 'Death Magnetic'. What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation."

But contrary to recent rumors, they're not decided on a producer yet. "I love Rick [Rubin, producer of 'Death Magnetic']. We all love Rick. We're in touch with Rick constantly. We'll see where it goes."

Can Lars promise the new album this year? "It would stun me if the record came out in 2013," he said. "We've got to finish this 3D movie, which is what we're doing right now."

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    iommi600
    I hope Lars meant the music overall, not production wise.
    ChucklesMginty
    Please, please don't use Rick Rubin again...
    Theophillis
    For sure! I couldn't agree more. The distortion that he seems to use as en energy enhancer just makes his latest productions hard to listen to.
    Ronald-Raygun
    Nah it's mainly the fact he just compresses the shit out of every track. But yeah, if it wasn't for the production on that album it would have been a damn solid record.
    TenTonHammer
    I love how everyone blames Rubin for the compression done at the mastering stage which he hasn't had a part in.
    Theophillis
    The mastering engineer (Ted Jensen) is on record as saying that the mixes were distorted by the time he got them, and has distanced himself from the project. Also, Johnny Cash's Hurt has the same type of distortion during the end chorus. It's either Rubin, or the mix engineer, but I'm not sure if a common engineer was used during Death Magnetic. You can also compare the waveforms of the album version against the Guitar Hero version, where the compression is hugely apparent. Also, Ulrich told Blender that some creative control regarding the final product had been transferred to Rubin.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Yeah, he does compress everything. It would sound a lot more powerful, imho, if he just compressed things sparingly.
    Jmoarguitar
    He's been good to RHCP, but it just wasn't right for Metallica. Althought Josh was way to quiet on the new album.
    denzer1992
    they seem to take the feedback they get in the internet more serious... so they also know what the people didn't like about the production of death magnetic... and they will make it better! i'm pretty sure the next album will kick ass...
    rhebbar
    way better than Bob Rock though. i wouldnt mind them using Rick Rubin again. i just hope they change the drums and maybe up the bass a little
    Shavyi
    They only choose Rubin because he is a dick and does not assist them during the recording, which gives them a lot more liberties.
    SadButTrue7
    Yeah, I agree. I only wish James would quit wailing like its opera. I like the growling, low pitch singing way better.
    guitarplaya161
    guys, Rick Rubin wasn't responsible for the shitty production of the album. I'm pretty sure he even says it in the making of videos that the tracks were already horribly compressed and distorted and everything when he received them. So don't blame him!
    ChucklesMginty
    He was the producer it's his job to oversee the whole project. Even if he wasn't directly responsible, it's his fault for not actually being involved to prevent things like that.
    noamshouseparty
    Yeah sure that's why all his other work sounds like over-compressed shit as well. Get some bluish green toilet food for Rick to chomp on & let's get started. He can sit down stroke his beard and watch Hetfield and Phil have an exhibition mudfight to settle the score once and for all... With a Battle on the Moon. Chink
    TimLarkin
    Retitled: Metallica's Next Album To Sound Like Shit
    6-String_Madman
    Explain. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.
    TimLarkin
    Sorry... Retitled: Metallica's Next Album To Sound Like Shit, Because Metallica Is Shit.
    6-String_Madman
    This is exactly why you don't deserve respect from people. You can't even try to respect yourself, ballf*g.
    TimLarkin
    LOOOOOL going to the internet for respect is like going to wal-mart for a les paul.... I dont come here for your respect, i come here because metallica is worse than Hitler AIDS.
    Mind_Reader7
    That's why they're millionaires, and you're sitting at your computer mocking their happiness and success.
    TimLarkin
    How can they be happy releasing garbage year after year? They may say they're happy, but they're dead artistically, and that's the saddest thing that can happen to an artist of any type. Also, success is a relative term, depending on how you measure it. Sure they've released some ok music, and sure they're rich for it, but at the end of the day one of them is still Lars Ulrich and the others are an alcoholic, a caveman, and a surfer douche who has a wah pedal surgically attached to his foot. TALK ABOUT SUCCESS!!! edit: Never mind, Mind_Reader, I see that your favorite bassist is Troy Sanders, so for that reason alone, I hope I didn't offend you. Mastodon is pretty damn good.
    6-String_Madman
    You seem to be like some loose cannon of a person without a good moral foundation upon growing up. I understand judging by your baseless and tasteless insults, and as a result, the number of down-votes you are getting day after day after day. Poor Timmy.
    fastfingers10
    Is that the most educated opinion you have? If so, please feel free to not comment again.
    TimLarkin
    Not the most educated opinion, just the most fitting one. Also, I just commented again.
    mh9693
    This, one thousand times over. Musically it'd be great, but the mixing and tone could be a lot better. I miss the 80's/Black Album tone
    JMZ08
    'Why didn't somebody say to turn the snare on ?' I love how he slid that in there.
    cyclonus
    Death Magnetic - Good album, rubbish production but at least he swapped the trash can drums he used on St Anger for real ones on it
    Camron62\m/
    yes. hell, i would love production like ... And Justice For All (as long as the bass guitar is audible)
    rolandroi
    OT but... Have you noticed that ugly old guy with a guitar on UG's frontpage? Damn! they need to get rid of that and make a better, more relevant background.
    TheNumber6
    trollolololol kill yourself. that is Mr Eric Clapton. having him on the front of a guitar based website is an honor
    metalli_head
    Waht?! Eric Clapton? Your an uneducated dick!
    rolandroi
    WOAH WAIT UP! I don't even know that guy, and i'm sure most of the people out there don't know him at all. Geez! I bet he sucked anyway cuz he's not that popular.
    kelvink
    I hope you are just trolling. Else you are the most ignorant person I ever heard of...
    rolandroi
    Ignorant just because i don't know the guy? WOW cruel words. I googled him, and found out he's the guy behind Tears in Heaven. But people like Slash and Kurt Cobain are more worthy to be on that frontpage. And why the f*ck is he carrying an E. guitar, when all he does is acoustic? A poser that seeks attention.
    Justin-Michael
    ... Seriously? He's easily one of the most famous and original guitarists there is.
    Bryan2
    hes the guy behind Derek and The Dominos, Cream, Yardbirds, Blind Faith..... serioulsy EC is probably one of the most famous and respected guitarists ever.
    RoboHendrix
    Is this guy for real?? :/ I bet you think Alexi Laiho and Jack White are more respectable guitarists than Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore. Go the **** back to school :/
    Chaz-6(sic)6
    @rolandroi - Dude, that's f*cking Eric Clapton. I'm guessing you're one of those people that come to Ultimate Guitar but don't actually play guitar.
    Satrianifan281
    Eric Clapton is considered the greatest electric blues guitarists of all time, above SRV, Albert King, and B.B. King. Ya, he deserves front cover.
    bdonovan
    I wouldn't say above SRV. I'm a big Clapton fan, but SRV's tone and playing style/skill will always be way ahead of his. Now with songwriting, that's a different story....
    jono888
    If they're motivated to keep playing fast and not get all artsy again, then bring it on
    jacobarcherrock
    Fuck... when Metallica got creative it was the best thing that ever happened to metal. I love And Justice for All, the whole album. They really constructed each song with careful thought and skill. They proved that metal doesn't have to be screaming and fast rhythm.
    jono888
    I was actually thinking of the Load/Re-Load era where they got wildly inconsistent. The Justice album/tour is when I got into them
    allstar100595
    The songs were great on DM for the most part. That Was Just Your Life is a classic Metallica opening number, and My Apocalypse is kickass. You could take at least 3 or 4 of those songs and put them on any other Metallica album and they wouldn't seem out of place, production value not being considered. The only bad thing about DM to me was the production.
    jono888
    All Nightmare Long is a beast of a song
    Chaz-6(sic)6
    One of my favorite songs off the album too. If they get the production right on the next album and it sounds even close to DM, it'd be an pretty solid album.
    PolarBearRemix
    Thats my favorite songs too. I also love "The Day That Never Comes". Classic Metallica Power Ballad with a kickass solo to boot.
    Rockford_rocks
    Why wouldn't they go a certain direction with their music because they like it, not because it received the least amount of criticism?
    jacobtheimpaler
    They meant personal criticism, no media criticism. If you watch any Metallica documentary, they are very self-critical of previous releases. It drives their direction.
    ][v][ETAL
    They are talking about criticism made by the band themselves... it says so right on the article.. They judge each album, and DM was on of the albums that they had no problems with.. re-read the article to understand what im trying to say, I suck at explaining.
    sideslick
    And we continue to wait for the AJFA remix... We need to see justice for Jason!
    KingV911
    Closest thing we'll get to that for now...
    MaggaraMarine
    The bass is a bit too loud on this. It's not the main instrument of the song, and now it's the loudest of the instruments, so I think it should be turned a bit down from this. Or then the sounds should be completely different.
    scrymusic
    Liked Death Mag.. If James would do some old school screamin instead of singing more we would have a great balance and for god sakes... No compression! Go analog!
    crazysam23_Atax
    He threw out his voice in studio while they were working on the Black Album. He can't really do that anymore.
    scrymusic
    But if you look at some of the performances after black album up to now... He still can growl and ruff it up... Its like he sings everything and its not bad because he is decent but for older material he does it on and off.. I should not have said scream but he can still griwl...lol
    bdonovan
    Well you kinda gotta realize that most vocalists lose part of their range as they get older. Couple that with his past voice problems....I mean some older rock/metal singers still have such a wide vocal range but its not like it was in their youth for obvious reasons.
    benjy118
    "There aren't many Metallica records that sound as good as 'Death Magnetic' four years after they were made. Oh, I dunno' I could name a few. Like Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice for all, The Black album.
    arabmetallion
    my thoughts exactly. I mean DM really only sounds better than st anger,reload and load after 4+ years but that isn't exactly saying much
    bushmaster_six
    Whyyyyy would you evvvvver neeeeed someone to telllll you that your snaaaaare should be turned ONNNN?
    jacobarcherrock
    are you trolling or have you never played a live show before?! he can't tell if they are on or not.
    KingV911
    He was referring to the shitty snare sound on St. Anger in which the snare was left "off". I don't know the correct term if there is one, I don't play drums.
    R-Dude
    If they released something twice as good as Master of Puppets today, people would still complain about how they 'stopped' after Justice. People who like the old stuff should go listen to the old stuff. It's the old stuff, it's the nostalgia, it's the breaking your nose on a handrail to the sounds of fight fire with fire when you were 12, nothing (not even an album three times as good) will ever beat that. ...and to be honest I really liked the Loads.
    GoodCharloteSux
    The good news is that they will actually be releasing solid music because DM was great -- the unfortunate news is that the fans will never be satisfied.
    Pitwulf
    Aye there will always be someone to complain, especially with a huge band like Metallica.
    Kikuta
    Musically it was a huge step back in the right direction. Just don't slam the ****ing limiters on the production and we'll all be happy.
    SmithKabobs
    The **** Lars? People still listen to And Justice for All, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, ect. and they hold up way better than death magnetic, I listen Orion for breakfast, and Blackened for lunch, and its sounds like your eatin death magnetic for dinner, get back to your roots man, you ask yourself why did we do this there, because it ****ing rocked dude.
    metal@hart11
    death magnetic was really good in my opinion, but i really hope they dont include an unforgiven 4 haha! all 3 songs are solid in their own right but it cant be that hard to come up with a new title!
    Patrijz
    The only reason I don't listen to Death Magnetic is the sound quality. I'm calling it sound quality because I don't know wtf they did in mixing or whatever, but it's just crazy to listen to a cd and think you're listening to a 64kb rip... It's just too freakin bad, because I kinda like the songs...
    Raven_Flight
    I liked Death Magnetic, but I'm hoping for better production and some spoken word songs on the new album
    nincompoop
    ...Thus further proving Metallica lacks an identity of their own. James Hetfield said in an interview that it was clear after they made ...And Justice for All that they needed direction. That's because they were on their own without someone to hold their hands in the form of Cliff Burton. Bob Rock took them under his wing and they had direction for the next 15 or so years. With St. Anger , Bob Rock seemed burnt out, so Metallica was lost. Then Rick Reuben came along and mentored them through Death Magnetic . Lulu gave a sample of what Metallica is like without someone directing them. So now that Reuben isn't a certainty, they're just latching onto his guidance by saying, "YEAH, WE'RE GOING TO STICK TO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO DEATH MAGNETIC!" James Hetfield and Rob Trujillo are good musicians, but in terms of creativity Metallica is really lacking. I think the proof of this is that, every time they change producers, their style does a 180. From St. Anger to Death Magnetic, it's like a completely different band--that's because they rely on their producer to basically tell them what to do.
    KJP
    Lou Reed directed them on Lulu. They basically served as a backing band for his own weird songs. Bob Rock was very much a musical director. Rubin, on the other hand, has a reputation for basically doing next to nothing as a producer these days. So if anything, Death Magnetic is a good example of what Metallica sound like when they're more or less left alone to do what they want. And it sounds good!
    Kylianvb
    Indeed, if you watch the making of Death Magnetic footage, you can see them putting these tracks together in a pretty wonderful way. Rubin was pretty much a guy lying on a couch most of the time. I, for one, would be pretty happy to hear another album like Death Magnetic. ... Hoping that they've learned their mastering mistakes, anyways.
    vikkyvik
    That's an awfully big conclusion to draw from the evidence. Ever think that maybe they find a new producer because they are changing their style, and not the other way around? But hey, people will use any little thing to prove Metallica sells out / doesn't follow their own direction.
    KingV911
    The only song I really like on DM is Broken, Beaten, & Scarred. The rest sounded too much like they were trying to be their old NWOBHM-like selves, but forced. Lars drumming was so lazy and Kirk's solos were unmemorable. He isn't a great lead player technicality-wise, but at least he used to come up with solos that fit the songs well.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Pretty Metallica was 1) NOT British and 2) never even sounded like any of the NWOBHM bands. You really need to study Thrash, which is what their early albums are. Their other albums could be classified best as "Modern Metal" (which, yes, does have a large slice of that commercial sound ). Edit: I should say albums between "Justice" and "Death Magnetic". DM is definitely Thrash.
    6-String_Madman
    They are not NWOBHM. King V just said that they are NWOBHM-like. There is a difference. Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest - 3 Bands that heavily influenced Metallica from the start (the most obvious influence is Diamond Head). If you need proof, try listening to the band's Demo EP called "No Life Til' Leather". It is the demo version of Kill Em' All. You will notice how they took the Diamond Head influence and turn it into a highly aggressive style called Thrash Metal.
    sd6262002
    You people over analyze things. Some of the greatest bands in history that have been around 20+ years have changed style, sound, approach, etc. Look at how The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Black Sabbath changed over the years. Hell even Green Day's writing and production changed. All for better or for worse? It depends on each individuals opinion. I happen to love St. Anger. And people need to lighten up on the success of these guys. No they aren't the best band metal in the world. They are the most successful. Why? Because they write music people like. If success was achieved by talent, Dream Theater would be playing in front of larger crowds than 3,000 people at a time. I also realize people are a**holes too. Reading comments on here, yahoo, wherever. People have nothing nice to say. Like a comments section gives you the power of expression. Why don't you put your negative attitude and feedback into something positive and help someone or something.
    6-String_Madman
    I agree. A "band" should be seen as an organization/entity that needs to survive the times and adapt to changes surrounding it. And as an artist involves experimenting for new ways of self expression to avoid the boredom. Metallica happens to be a band that constantly changes through time. A keen observant of their discography, you will simply notice the changes... The change from RTL to MOP... and if you are keen enough, you will find the changes between Load and Reload. The second paragraph is like a **** that really fits TimLarkin's @** pretty darn well.
    hotmale
    I actually like Beyond Magnetic more than Death Magnetic....so they should go write a bunch of songs, choose 10 to put on an album, then delete those songs and release the ones they have left
    Barricade_28
    I wish Metallica would stop doing so many side-projects like the 3D movie and concentrate on putting albums out more frequently. 5+ years between albums is ridiculous.
    RadioMuse
    I hope they mean musically more than production wise... But even the production on Death Magnetic wasn't bad: it was the mastering. It's the 2nd or 4rd 'hottest' (loudest) record and the unintended distortions it results in are awful. Californication (RHCP) has the same issue. Great songs and great sounds ruined by the volume wars.
    rabidgoon
    when you're deciding to release a certain type of music over others because it was 'criticized less' then it's time to give up
    neljotornado
    i'm glad to hear that from lars because i really liked the way death magnetic sounded.
    FavDaddario
    Seems like every time "Metallica" has something to say it's really just Lars. That aside DM was killer imp so I'd love the new stuff to carry on in that direction
    jacobarcherrock
    Lars really speaks for Metallica most of the time because he is the only person who doesn't completely hate publicity.
    Democrab
    Nah, he's the only leader who doesn't completely hate publicity. Kirk and Rob would probably speak more but Lars and James are the leaders when it comes down to it, Kirk releasing that horror book and doing stuff for that also kinda proves it.
    NHECOS
    The sound in Death Magnetic seems to be always "clipping" everytime you turn it up a little bit.
    5_Years_Dead
    Not sure I've heard any of their stuff since the Justice album. Can someone suggest a song or two that will get me caught up with the recent changes in direction?
    nincompoop
    Try, in this order: 1. Enter Sandman 2. Bad Seed 3. Frantic 4. All Nightmare Long 5. The View Seriously, listen in that order and you will hear a perfect summary as to Metallica's progression up to now from then.
    6-String_Madman
    That is quite a list coming from a hipster looking for flaws. 1. Struggle Within 2. Ain't My Bitch 3. Prince Charming 4. All Within My Hands 5. The Judas Kiss 6. Dragon 7. Hate Train I think, this is a better, more objective list.
    Macejko
    justice was last thrash album from them, after AFJA they started playing for money and radio (not bad songs, but nothing close to old metallica) so i pick a best ones from albums so you can see - from the black album - enter sandman , wherever I may roam, nothing else matters and unforgiven (altough I think everybody know these two..), from Load - King Nothing , Until it sleeps , house that jack built and ronnie . From ReLoad - Fuel , Memory remains and Unforgiven II . There was a cover album called Garage Inc. , its worth checking out, great covers. and then after a break St. Anger came out - check Sweet Amber or St. Anger .. That was the bottom of Metallica . And then, after 4 years, theyve came with Death Magnetic , which was thrash like hell, like old Tallica we all love - be sure to check All nightmare Long , The day that never comes , broken beat and scarred and unforgiven III or great instrumental Suicide and Redemption . Then Lou Reed came an offered them a cooperation on his next album - The View - DONT YOU EVER LISTEN TO ANY PIECE OF SOUND LOCATED ON THAT ALBUM !!! really, its just beyond bad.. Last thing theyve done was a EP Beyond Magnetic - check Hell and Back or Hate Train .. Thats about all
    Rimfrost
    Would say that Fixxxer, The Outlaw torn and bleeding me would be better songs to checkout from Load and Reload. And the best way to understand exactly how awful Lulu was, check Mistress dread!
    AdamLeMoine
    "I don't try to replicate the sound I've accomplished on previous albums, because that sound has already been made. I don't want to cheat my fans by recording the same album twice." - Brian Fallon
    Chaz-6(sic)6
    This is true. But when it comes to Metallica, I love the news of them keeping with the thrash sound of DM. Guess it just depends on who's making the music. Just my opinion.
    ranbat
    When people stop criticizing your music, it's because they're becoming indifferent.
    MystikSpiral
    I dunno man. Metallicas sound has progressed to just hard rock instead of thrash :/ Death Magnetic was good for what it was.
    smittyanthrax
    I wouldnt mind another Death Magnetic.Personally i loved Load [well most of it barr a few tracks] but cant see them making another album like that again and they will probaly stick to thrash from now on.Looking forward to what they come up with.
    Mind Kill
    How about listening to the true Metal fans then who want the Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning sound back...