Metallica ‘blueprinting’ songs for new album

Bassist Robert Trujillo says the band have 'lot of ideas' to 'jam out'

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has confirmed that the metal band are working on their next album.

Speaking to Rock Cellar, Trujillo (pictured right) described the band’s progress on the LP as being at the early stages and that they’re taking their time on the release.

“We’re just blueprinting everything right now,” the bass player said. “There are a lot of ideas, a lot of song bodies; you gotta go through the process. For me personally, I’m really excited about what we’ve been able to jam out.”

“I don’t like to make predictions, but I’d like to think — at least for me — that I’m really happy with what’s happening instrumentally. So let’s see how that journey continues. Writing a Metallica song is a journey and a process, and it takes time. But that’s what’s special about it. Metallica likes to nurture a song, nurture an arrangement.”

The band released their last album ‘Death Magnetic’ in 2008, their ninth studio effort to date.

Meanwhile, Metallica were also recently announced as one of the headline acts for next year’s Reading and Leeds festivals. It’ll be their first time at the festival since topping the bill in 2008.

Earlier this year, the band were a controversial headliner at Glastonbury Festival. Eventually winning over the Worthy Farm crowd, the band’s set was described as a triumph for heavy metal.

The band’s drummer Lars Ulrich later described Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis as “the greatest rock star in England”. Presenting Eavis with an accolade at the Music Industry Trust awards in November, Ulrich said: “Michael Eavis is the greatest rock star in England. You know why? Because he’s not trying to be. Michael Eavis is the centrepiece of the Glastonbury festival. And the Glastonbury festival is the centrepiece of the British music year. So by definition, since Michael Eavis is the centrepiece of the Glastonbury festival, he’s the greatest rock star in England, primarily because he doesn’t try. And you know what? That’s the ultimate definition of cool.”