After two full years of touring to promote their landmark 2008 album Death Magnetic, metal icons Metallica are heading back into the studio in May for what guitarist Kirk Hammett describes as a new world of experimentation for the legends.
"We want to record it in two weeks," Hammett told Rolling Stone. "We had planned on doing it in March, but we pushed it back to May. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s not really 100 percent a Metallica record. It’s a recording project, let’s put it that way. Without getting too deep into it, it’s more a recording project than a bona fide Metallica album. Whether or not we can pull it off in just two weeks remains to be seen."
Last week, drummer Lars Ulrich said that the band would be entering the studio soon, leaving fans to assume that he was referring to sessions for the 10th studio album from Metallica.
"There’s a really good vibe in the band," the drummer said. "We really want to get back to Metallica quickly because we are enjoying it so much right now."
It would appear that the project isn’t a new Metallica album, per se, but a studio experiment that could possibly include other collaborators on the band’s upcoming Big 4 Festival bill: Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth.
In the Rolling Stone interview, Hammett discussed his feelings on the upcoming Big 4 Festival, which will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California on April 23: "It’s like a big class reunion," he said. "It’s super cool because I’m really tight with the guys in Anthrax, and I love the guys in Slayer, and you know, I’m never really bothered by the Megadeth guys… With all these bands, the opportunity for all of us to just hang out and look at each and grin and say to each other, ‘Look, we’re still here.’ That’s just an amazing thing." more on this story