Metallica Have Been Exchanging Ideas For A New Album


Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said this past April that the band were working on ironing out some technology issues in a possible bid to hammer out some new songs for their 11th studio album. It would appear those technological hurdles have since been cleared and some song ideas are flowing throughout the band’s camp. Speaking recently with Fredrik Skavlan, Ulrich said:

“We’re just starting, in the last four weeks maybe, we connected again. We’ve been obviously connecting [even before that], but we [have now] connected creatively, and now we’re sort of in discovery mode, I think is a good way to say it. We are sending ideas to each other via e-mail and via Zoom and [trying to] make music in these unusual situations.”

“We have a weekly Zoom connect. We’ve been doing that basically since [the coronavirus pandemic] started 10 [or] 11 weeks [ago] — since it started in America. So we get together once a week on Zoom for a couple of hours and catch up. The good thing about that catching up is we really just talk about how we’re doing and we don’t sit and talk about Metallica for hours and hours.

But now that we’ve started exchanging some ideas, it’s great. It’s nice to be in touch, it’s nice to be part again of that group, and I look forward to the creative opportunities that lie ahead of us.”

Metallica have traditionally approached their creative process as a group of sorts, when asked about how this remote situation has been in regards to how the band would normally create a record, Ulrich replied:

“So far, at least the sonic side of it and the practical elements are in surprisingly good shape, actually. So now we’ve just gotta figure out how much we can create without being in the same space.

The difference, obviously, between bands like ourselves and people that are still bands, like the U2s of the world or the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Coldplay or Iron Maiden or whatever is that you really are bands, and you rely on the group format to really move everything forward. So unlike if you’re a solo artist and it’s just you and your guitar or whatever. So it’s a different thing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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