Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says band haven’t ‘really started’ working on new album

Metal giants give progress update on long-awaited new LP

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has admitted that the band still haven’t “really started” work on their new album.

Last month, Hammett said that the band had “run out of excuses” to delay work on the LP. However, speaking to Rolling Stone, he said that they still hadn’t started proper studio sessions on the record. “We’ve jammed on certain bits and pieces of music and figured out this piece of music works, this works, this doesn’t,” he said.

“But we’re still going through that process. James [Hetfield] has 800 pieces of music. I have 400 pieces of music. Once we figure out what pieces of music are actually gonna work for us, then we’re going to start turning those pieces of music into songs and seeing where that leads us.”

Drummer Lars Ulrich added: “What I can say is, we’re one day closer to the next record being released than we were yesterday. “Unless there’s what’s called an ‘Act of God,’ I would hedge my bets that ‘201’ would be the first three digits in the release year. And I don’t know much beyond that. We’ve been jamming along. We’ve been putting in some time.”

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 five years, including a slot at last month’s Grammy Awards (January 26), when they teamed up with classical pianist Lang Lang to perform their track ‘One’.