Is a new album from Metallica on the way?

metallicabannerOne of the most beloved bands in rock could be well on their way to bringing a new album into the world, based on recent comments from frontman James Hetfield.

A comment Hetfield made during an interview with EMGtv that got some fans excited about the possibility of a new album.

“I tell ya, we’re recording right now, and there’s the number one guitar, there’s the number two guitar, there’s the number three,” Hetfield said. “And the third-track guitars that just sound different. They all sound different.”

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Guitarist Kirk Hammett told Billboard in May that the band hadn’t yet gotten to the halfway point in the process.

“I don’t think we hit the middle point yet,” Hammett said, via Entertainment Weekly. “I would say we’re at the 25 per cent point, maybe 30 per cent point. It’s hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we’re making plans to write more songs and record.”

A new album would be the first Metallica-only studio release since 2008’s Death Magnetic. Metallica also collaborated with the late Lou Reed for the 2011 album Lulu.

Photo credit: “Metallica at The O2 Arena London 2008” by Kreepin Deth – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons –

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