Apparently the latest news coming from Camp’Tallica is that the new album will be a heavier “Black” album. Shorter songs that are straight to the point. Which is good, Death Magnetic was a decent album. The only problem with it is that the riffs were average and the band tends to make them stretch out as long as possible. Metallica are about 8 songs deep into the writing process and hopefully this will make everyone forget that James is a table. I’m sure this next album will be better than LuLu….which would mean that the album could be better than “…And Justice For All“. Which would mean that this new album is already my favorite Metallica album and I’ve heard nothing from it. Not even a power chord strike on the ol’ ESP.

Jacked straight from Rolling Stone, whom interviewed the band:

“We’re about seven, eight songs into it,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone magazine about the record, which will once again be produced by Rick Rubin. “We do it in rounds. We come up with something, we leave it, go to the next thing, come up with something basic, leave it and circle back around. Next month we’ll go back and start embellishing: ‘Let’s double that one part and come up with a middle bit.'”

“If Death Magnetic was a logical successor to …And Justice For All, the next album will be a heavier Black Album,” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Rolling Stone, using the popular nickname for 1991’s “Metallica”. “We’re not going to the depths of complexity that we did for ‘Death Magnetic‘. The stuff we’re coming up with is more groove-oriented, a heavier version of what we were doing in the early Nineties.”

“When people talk about the old stuff, they think ‘Justice’,” Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. “But look at ‘Harvester Of Sorrow’ on that album. It’s a fairly simple five-minute song. And ‘Fuel’ [on 1997’s ‘Reload‘] is an absolute scorcher live. Right now, I’m thinking shorter, more to-the-point.”

With Rick Rubin once again in the producers chair, we hope that his magic will keep Metallica focused on their goal and execute this perfectly. I cannot wait to hear my favorite Metallica album.

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