Metallica claims to have more than enough music ready to be recorded — and says there’s no sign of the band slowing down. Blabbermouth reported that before kickoff to July 22nd’s San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers game, Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett spoke to Giants broadcaster at George Kontos and shed light on Metallica at 40.
Trujillo spoke about the band’s creative head space while entering into sessions for its first album since 2016’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct: “Y’know, what’s insane about all this is that there’s no shortage of musical ideas and riffs and grooves and bass lines. A lot of times when bands have been around that long, there is a shortage — people run out of ideas — and we have the opposite problem, we’ve got too many ideas. So it’s a good problem to have.”
Kirk Hammett admitted that the concept of Metallica existing for 40 years is still tough to believe: “Man, it’s crazy when I think about four decades. ‘Cause I swear to God, it seems like just yesterday that we were on a tour bus somewhere in the middle of America, just trying to keep up with everything. 40 years passed so quickly. It’s amazing. What’s truly amazing now is the fact that I still feel like we haven’t really peaked, we’re still real hungry, we still wanna make music, we still care about music, we still care about each other. I don’t see any signs of us slowing down, man, ’cause we have stuff that we wanna do.”
During the pandemic, recording has proved to be a big hurdle for Metallica — but the band has been busy culling ideas for its next studio project. Kirk Hammett told us a while back that coming up with material is never a problem for Metallica: “We’re a band that never has a shortage of ideas. Y’know, you hear about these bands that are like, oh, they’re sitting in the studio and they don’t have any songs, what are they gonna do? That’s not Metallica. Metallica’s problem is the total opposite: we have too many ideas, which ones are we gonna use. And so that’s pretty much how it stands with us.”