Saturday, April 11, 2015
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is sharing an update on the progress of the band’s first new studio album in seven years.
"We have a lot of good songs," Hammett tells Billboard. "The songs are ever-changing at this point. Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it's hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project.
“I don't think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we're at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It's hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we're making plans to write more songs and record."
Hammett is hosting his second annual Fear FestEvil this weekend in San Jose, California and will return to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic.”
Metallica will release a limited edition cassette of their 1982 demo package, “No Life ‘Til Leather”, as part of Record Store Day 2015 on April 18.
The band will team up with Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants for the 3rd annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park on Saturday, May 2 before returning to live action on May 9 when they headline at the inaugural Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas.
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