Metallica album is ‘slow process’ says Hammett
Kirk Hammett says Metallica are hoping to release a new album next year – but he’s not sure it will happen.
The band are focusing all their energies on upcoming 3D movie Metallica Through The Never, and don’t intend to turn away from it.
Hammett tells GulfNews.com that work on the follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic has been pencilled in for completion next year: “That’s what we’re hoping would happen. Whether that’s a reality, we’ll see. We’re recording stuff here and there but it’s a pretty slow process.
“Metallica Through The Never is taking precedence over anything else at the moment, We want to make sure the movie gets our full attention and it turns out the way we want it to turn out.”
Delays to recording sessions might be no bad thing for Hammett, who admits: “I really enjoy playing live shows. It’s enormously satisfying writing songs. It’s not so fun for me in the studio because I am a bit ADD.”
Having said that, he admits to not enjoying his live work at the end of last year. “I wasn’t in a really good headspace,” he says. “I don’t think I deliver the type of show I wanted to deliver.
“It’s always good to have a few months off, recharge the batteries and spend time with the family. In my time off, I took a few steps away from the band and from my career and just thought about my priorities. It’s important for me to do that from time to time, as I have been guilty of not doing that in the past.”
Hammett is aware that Metallica, who have now launched their own label Blackened Records, enjoy much more freedom than most other bands.
He reports: “With us, chemistry is everything. We’re very lucky that we’re in a position where we have complete creative control. Other bands do not have what we have.”