New Metallica Recording 'Soon'

The studio has been booked for their next album recording, and suggested Rick Rubin could return as producer. Are you excited?

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Metallica have scheduled their next album recording, and plan to start soon, though it might not see a release until 2014.

Kirk Hammet told Rolling Stone (via Blabbermouth) about how they're waiting on other projects before they can get started, but once the road is clear they can focus on making a new album.

"Right now, we're kind of preoccupied with dealing with this 3D movie that we shot up in Canada last month. So that's kind of taking our time right now - that's the priority, to deal with that. But once we're done with that, we're going to start hunkering down and putting riffs together. That's all going to happen soon", he said.

Hammet suggested that Rick Rubin, the producer behind 2008's widely-criticised "Death Magnetic", would once again be at the helm: "I really don't have an answer about Rick Rubin, although his name certainly comes up".

Metallica are free of their contract with Warner since their last album, which frees them up to experiment with releasing the album on their own terms.

James Hetfiled says it's a good feeling to be free of their contract. "We've learned a lot about record companies, the goods and evils of the business and this and that", he said. "It is what it is, and when it becomes time for us to either renegotiate or shop around or do things ourselves or something like that, we don't know. There's nothing but options, which is great".

Do you have high hopes for the new Metallica record? How would you feel if Rick Rubin was confirmed as producer? Let us know in the comments.

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    Lulu 2 please
    Legend Jedicsc
    This is gonna get so many down likes for no reason
    No, the reason is because people don't like lulu and there are a bunch of "open minded" people who try to force it on most people who think it sucks.
    No compression... Please!
    What scrymusic said... I liked Death Magnetic, but the compression ruined it for me.
    It wasn't really compression, more like brick wall limiting with the extremities that they did it to. They actually digitally distorted an analogue distorted guitar but limiting it like that. But yeah, some compression is needed, like the black album level. The Black Album was the best sounding out of them all imo, but not the best song wise.
    TTP Penguin
    I really like all of metallicas albums (I've not heard lulu though) so I'm not going to be one to say "please be thrashier" etc, I'm just excited that they're gonna be recording something! I do hope they choose a good producer for it though, as much as I love death magnetic, it's hard to listen too at some points.
    Stay away from "Lulu." Please. If can save another poor soul from hearing that terrible waste of time, I'll feel I've made a difference in life.
    Eclectic Lizard
    I didn't know Death Magnetic was "widely criticized." I know lots of people had complaints but I think it was more well received than not.
    Rick Rubin? Not him again. I say they should bring back Flemming. MOP all over again!
    In other news, James Hetfiled a lawsuit against UG's management for misspelling his name.
    By the day, I'm getting more and more convinced that the Ultimate-Guitar news writers are absolutely trolling and flaming us for INTENTIONALLY misspelling words. Remember the article about the Sound City soundtrack where Lars was interviewed... "Richie Black'wood'" Darn!
    For the love of god, they better not get Rubin and his recording team again. As someone above said, I think Andy Sneap would be a much better choice
    sneap is by far and away the best thrash producer on the planet. listen to the last few exodus albums and its obvious. metallica has the money, they should wise up and get sneap
    Rubin's fine i guess, but for the love of god, DO NOT BRING BACK Bob Rock!!!!
    Bring back Flemming Rasmussen to produce to get back to their metal roots.
    Screw Rick Rubin. Why not Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage to do the sound?
    I'm probably gonna get flak for this but I'd like to see them really shake things up and use Butch Vig, I know he doesn't commonly do metal albums but he does make really good sounding albums, his sound is sonic, like kick you in the face powerful, and they should only take like 2 or 3 months and just knock it the **** out already, they usually take so long like 9 months to a year to record and I think that causes them to over analize and **** with shit so much it getsz watered down and weightless, i'd like to see them go in and record new songs like they recorded garage days rerevisited, It sounds crazy but I think it would blow people out of their seats, come on tallica shake things up a bit in the right direction!!!
    James Hetfiled?
    Other day: Megadeath. Today: James Hetfiled. Tomorrow: Ultime-mate Guitar. ...
    Okay a new Metallica album on it's way... is it good or bad? I'm having a hard time deciding...
    Who's the guy who produced Lamb of God's "Sacrament" and "Ashes of the Wake" albums? he should do Metallica. Kirk's a huge LoG fan, and that dude can make songs sound goooood. I loved Death Magnetic but at points it felt like listening to the radio through a really long tunnel.
    hopefully the album will release late next year, i hope. or very early 2014. well i have beyond magnetic and when a blind man cries cover, so that wil probably last a year.. xD
    I'd rather see them hire Andy Sneap to produce their next album, but most of all, get rid of Greg Fidelman for the mixing. If it wasn't for him, Death Magnetic could have been a lot more enjoyable just for the sound quality.
    hmmm i think Metallica are past it now, i mean i'm excited for this new album, but i think its gonna end up as a dissapointment in my opinion
    I just hope it's decent. Rick Rubin is amazing in my eyes, But I don't think he did much on Death Magnetic in my opinion.
    all rick rubin did was ask them a question "imagine you were a new band, what would you sound like" or something along those lines and then did **** all. The black album imo still sounds fresh today and sonically its just as good as anything out today. but bringing back rasmussen would be cool but it probably wouldnt be as cool as when they did ride and puppets... its gotta be impossible to right albums as great as those after like 25 years since you recorded them with that producer, so much has changed
    I think for the next record they should replace James with Devin Townsend from Strapping Young Lad.
    Still seems to me that they are taking too much time making records, last one sounded ok but a bit forced, because they wanted to sound like the old school 'tallica. It has to sound more spontaneous, enter the studio and record what you got to capture the moment and the feel of it and put it out asap. Still have hope for this band that they can deliver another classic album before they finally disband...
    why would they get rick rubin again? why not get someone who is up to date on producing good metal mixes? Why not sneap, bergstrand, suecoff, somebody like that?
    In my opinion, **** their 3D movie. If that's taken priority over a new record, then that just sucks. Why even tell us that a new record is coming "soon" if it's still going to be well over a year in the making? Since when does it take a whole year to make a record? They're trying too hard I think.