Metallica “25 Percent” Done With New Album

Kirk Hammett says there are hundreds more riffs and song ideas to sort through



That’s weird.

I could have sworn diminutive drumming extraordinaire Lars Ulrich said Metallica were getting pretty far along with the new disc. Not so, according to guitarist Kirk Hammett.

Hammett spoke with Billboard about the ongoing writing sessions, and suggests Metallica’s still got a long row to hoe.

“We have a lot of good songs,” says Kirk. “The songs are ever-changing at this point. Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it’s hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project.”

Kirk believes Metallica have only just crested the 25 percent point.

“I don’t think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we’re at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It’s hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we’re making plans to write more songs and record,” says the Metallica guitarist.

“Whenever we go into the studio, it becomes such a huge sort of thing in our lives that it does take on monstrous proportions,” he says. “It takes up a lot of space in our lives. Yes, you can look at it as something monstrous, for sure — and we’ve made movies about it, so there you go, man.”

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