Kirk Hammett: 'Metallica have run out of excuses to delay a new album'

Band's guitarist says metal giants will be in the studio very soon

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says the band have "run out of excuses" to delay starting work on a new album, and will be in the studio in a matter of weeks.

The metal giants released their last album, 'Death Magnetic', in 2008, while their collaboration with the late Lou Reed, 'Lulu' was released in 2011. They've also toured and played festivals extensively in the past fivey ears.

Speaking to Billboard, Hammett says he's positive the band will be back in the studio in the coming weeks. He said: "When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it.

"We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album," he added, "but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now," going on to say the band is never short of ideas. He said: "You hear about these bands that are sitting in the studio and they don’t have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite. We have too many ideas. James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That’s formidable."

Metallica are next in action at the Grammy Awards on January 26, where they will perform with classical pianist Lang Lang at the annual ceremony. Of the performance, Hammett said: "That's going to be really interesting. It's going to be an arrangement that highlights some of Lang Lang's playing, but we're not lightening up the song just for him. We're still hanging onto all the heavy parts. He's just an amazing pianist; at one point he's going to be, like, weaving in and out of my guitar solo and playing parts of my guitar solo with me. I've never, ever experienced that before with anyone we've ever played with, so I'm going to be pretty psyched to be playing with him, to say the least. It's gonna be amazing."

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