Hetfield has 846 riffs to work with
In a new interview with Rolling Stone the band talked about their next studio album, which they're looking likely to record next year.
In the interview frontman James Hetfield revealed that he's got plenty of ideas to work with.
"I only have 846 riffs,” says Hetfield. "In iTunes, you can see how many things you’ve got. And that does not include the soundchecks, the stuff we goof around with here. You plug in an amp. Suddenly it makes you feel good — you come up with a riff. ‘Dude, did you get that?’ You can’t get away from being recorded here.”
Hetfield continues, "But Lars, the hoarder of Metallica, is obsessed with revisiting every stone, turning it over: ‘That could be great!’ Yeah, it could all be great. But I’ve got a new one right now. That’s the Catch-22. You’ve got a riff from five years on tour that’s amazing. Do I still feel it? Don’t worry. Something better will show up.”
Bassist Rob Trujillo will also be chipping in. "I have about 20 ideas that I feel really good about, whereas on ‘Death Magnetic’ I had one or two. But one of them ended up being ‘Suicide and Redemption’. Hetfield — he’s a writing machine. Kirk has over 300 ideas. There’s so much stuff from the tuning-room jams, from all those years of touring.”
The band are looking likely to follow-up 2008's Death Magnetic in 2014. Rick Rubin will once again produce.
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