Metallica are only a quarter of the way into making their new album, according to guitarist Kirk Hammett. The metal titans are currently in the early stages of what will be the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic.
In a new interview with Billboard, Hammett said that while the band have “a lot of good songs” and hundreds of riffs available, they have still yet to begin recording in earnest. “The songs are ever-changing at this point, Hammett said. “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.”
He added: “Whenever we go into the studio, it becomes such a huge sort of thing in our lives that it does take on monstrous proportions. It takes up a lot of space in our lives. Yes, you can look at it as something monstrous, for sure — and we’ve made movies about it, so there you go, man.”