Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has told Billboard.com in a new interview that the band will begin working on its 10th studio album “in a couple of weeks.” He told us that after delaying the disc during the past year due to other projects, recording is finally the band’s main priority for the first half of 2014: “We’re pretty excited about it because we’ve been saying, you know, we need to start working on this album, but we’ve been procrastinating greatly with it. I mean, we’ve pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can to not start work on the album, and we’ve run out of excuses, you know. We pretty much have to work on it now.”
- Hammett said that the band has no shortage of ideas for the new album, adding, “We have too many ideas. James (Hetfield, guitar/vocals) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That’s formidable.”
- Metallica’s last all-new studio effort, Death Magnetic, came out in September 2008.
- Meanwhile, Hammett will take some time out for himself in early February and host his first horror convention. The three-day event, called Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil, will take place on February 6th, 7th and 8th in San Francisco and will feature vendors, “Kirk’s Crypt” private tours, panels, signings, special guest appearances and more.
- Hammett will also perform at the event, along with hardcore metal acts Exodus, Death Angel, Carcassand Orchid.
- Metallica will appear at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on January 26th, giving a special collaborative performance with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.