Metallica’s Kirk Hammett gives update on band’s new album: ‘We’re slogging away’

The metal group are currently recording the follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic'

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has given an update on the band’s new album.

The metal group are currently working on the follow-up to ‘Death Magnetic’, which was released in 2008.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Hammett said he and his bandmates were “slogging away”.

“[It’s] moving at a pace that allows us to live our lives and not have our lifestyles change too much,” he revealed, explaining that Metallica have “a bunch of songs, more than enough songs”, but none are finished.

“We’re slogging away,” he continued. “But you know, it’s metal. It’s heavy.”

NMEAndy Ford/NME

In the meantime, the guitarist has been working on his company KHDK Electronics, which produces guitar effects pedals by hand. Hammett described the endeavour as “super empowering” for his imagination.

“Starting a pedal company is a little unique, a little different,” he said. “I didn’t create it to make money, obviously, but to go into a creative direction I haven’t been before and I feel like a lot of my peers have not done before.”

He continued:”I can take on any concept or whim. I’ve discovered it’s much, much cooler than I expected. It’s super empowering for my imagination. I love the moment where, like, what can we do that no one has ever done before?”