Metallica are ’25 per cent’ done with new album, says guitarist

Kirk Hammett says the band are making plans to record

Metallica are only a quarter of the way into making their new album, according to guitarist Kirk Hammett.

The metal giants are currently in the early stages of what will be the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’.

Speaking in a new interview with Billboard, Hammett said that while the band have “a lot of good songs” and hundreds of riffs available, they are still yet to begin recording in earnest.

“The songs are ever-changing at this point, Hammett said. “Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have 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. 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.”

He added: “Whenever we go into the studio, it becomes such a huge sort of thing in our lives that it does take on monstrous proportions. 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.”

The band’s drummer Lars Ulrich recently claimed that their new album is “pretty close” to being written.

Metallica released their latest single ‘Lords Of Summer’ Last year. Earlier this year, the band announced plans to release an early demo on cassette as part of Record Store Day 2015. The release of ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ will be the first of a series of Metallica reissues.

Meanwhile, Metallica are one of the headline acts for the Reading and Leeds festival alongside The Libertines and Mumford and Sons. It’ll be their first time at the festival since topping the bill in 2008.