Gary Graff of Billboard reports:
METALLICA is eyeballing the start of its next album, finally, after a busy couple of weeks ahead - including guitarist Kirk Hammett's inaugural Fear FestEvil in San Francisco, a Grammy performance with classical pianist Lang Lang and the DVD/Blu-ray release of Metallica Through The Never.
Hammett says the quartet will start working on the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic "in a couple of weeks. When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it. We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now."
Some of the foot-dragging, Hammett says, is the idea of facing a plethora of musical ideas the group has assembled. "We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas," he notes. "You hear about these bands that are 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. James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those numbers alone are just crazy. That's formidable."
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