Kirk Hammett on Metallica album progress: “It’s just difficult scheduling all four of us in a room”

Guitarist says the band are only just starting to gear up to record

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has spoken about the follow up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, commenting on the difficulty in getting the band all in the same room as their lives change.

Speaking to Las Vegas radio station Komp 92.3, Hammett went into detail on the benefits of not being bound by a particular schedule, but also talked about how there are far more difficulties making progress with recordings these days then there might have been in the past.

“We’re just ploughing away at it and working on it every day, and we’re gearing up to actually record some of it now,” Hammett told the station. “It’s still so early in the process. You know, these songs we’re recording, they might be on the album, they might not be on the album. It’s just one of those things where we’re just trying to negotiate through all the material and just figure out what the best way to move forward is.”


“A lot of it has to do with the fact that life takes over for us. We all have families, and we all have the band, and we all have other things in our lives, and it’s just difficult scheduling all four of us in a room,” the guitarist added.


Hammett had previously said the band are 25-30% of the way to completing the album as early as April this year.

“I don’t think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we’re at the 25 per cent point, maybe 30 per cent 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,” Hammet said at the time.

Metallica have sold-out shows in Canada and South America to play over the coming month. Their most recent full-length release was ‘Lulu’, was recorded with Lou Reed and released in 2011.

You can see the interview in full here: