8 long years. That’s how much time Metallica fans are waiting for a the new album from their favorite band. But finally - It’s coming. With Greg Fiedelman as producer, the band is ready to introduce their new sound to the world this year.
In a wide interview for Justin O’shea from ‘Citizens of Humanity’, drummer Lars Ulrich sheds light on the album for the first time. Read closely.
“It definitely sounds like Metallica. It’s probably a little less frenetic than the last record”, He said, “The last one Rick Rubin really encouraged us to for the first time be inspired by our past. It was the first time we sort of looked in the rearview mirror. This time around it’s a little bit of a different thing. We’re not working with Rick, we’re working with the engineer from the last record, who’s producing, Greg Fidelman. So there’s some of the same production elements at play, but we’re expanding a little bit on the sonics. It’s probably a bit more of a diverse record than the last one. It’s exciting, but I don’t have quite the perspective yet.”
Asking Ulrich why did it took the band so long to create the new record, the drummer said: “Metallica’s busier than Metallica’s ever been. But we also have a different set of balances now in our lives, which is vital to keeping the band healthy. We prioritize our families and our kids. When we tour, we tour in two-week increments and we go home every two weeks. We found a new model for us, but we play probably two to three dozen gigs a year even in off years just to kind of keep the momentum going and keep ourselves connected and invested in the band.”