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Metallica's Bassist Gives an Update on the New Album

by Amber Lee

Robert Trujillo gave a MI radio station an update on how Metallica's follow up to Death Magnetic is going, which is expected out sometime in 2015. "The real scoop would be that, in the last few months, we've been jamming new ideas... Now, I guess, you could say it's a blessing and a curse. There is an arsenal, years of riffs that we have recorded. That ranges from, like, iPhone recording to Zoom recorder recordings to our jam-room Pro Tools setup recordings, because, on tour, we have a jam room and we jam stuff. James Hetfield, I mean, the minute he plugs in his guitar and adjusts the tone knob, he comes up with the world's greatest riff. It's a process of elimination to see what is gonna be good enough for what we're trying to do and it takes a long time. We've been going through all of that." 

Going through all that material alone eats up a lot of time, but then you have to factor in all the traveling the guys are doing. Trujillo explains, "Then, all of a sudden, you end up going to South Africa for a tour — which is great, don't get me wrong — and Australia and something else comes up and something else… Orion festival. So these great opportunities enter the progress of what we're trying to do with the album. So I would say after Orion, we'll get back to the writing process. I can also say that the ideas are awesome. I'm super psyched."

What's the new album going to sound like? The bassist says, "I feel that this next album, for me personally, is really, truly going to be an extension of 'Death Magnetic''Death Magnetic', to me, is a launchpad for what we are gonna do and what we can do. That was a long process and that was a heavy experience. We had five children born during the 'Death Magnetic' cycle. So here we go on this new adventure and we're not gonna have five children born on [this] cycle… I hope not. [laughs] We're all doing great and well with our families, so now it would be great to concentrate on the new record and the ideas, again, they're crushing … I believe that we're gonna do something really special. We're having a great time jamming the stuff and putting things together, but we still got a ways to go. So, everybody's just gotta be patient."