Metallica: Recording is like mountain climbing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 July 2014

This article is from 2014.



Metallica's Kirk Hammett finds making an album "like scaling a mountain" and says the longer the band wait, the bigger a challenge it becomes

Kirk Hammett finds making an album "like scaling a mountain".

The Metallica guitarist is ready for the group - whose last LP, 'Death Magnetic', was released in 2008 - to return to the recording studio but admits the more time they leave between records, the bigger the task it seems to make another one.

He said: "The band needs to make an album. That's the big adventure that's looming up on the horizon. Making an album is always a bit like scaling a mountain, but this time it seems like the more we wait, the bigger the mountain gets. And now that we've been playing so long, it seems like that mountain is as big as the Himalayas right now."

Earlier this year, the 'Enter Sandman' hitmakers debuted a new song, 'Lords of Summer', during their 'Metallica by Request' tour and Kirk thinks the track is a good starting point for their next album, though he is unsure as yet how the rest of the record will sound.

He added to Rolling Stone's website: "Whether the songs will actually sound like 'Lords of Summer' or not remains to be seen, because we still have to write them, but that's the general direction we're headed in.

"I want to make a quick album, but I just know that's not realistic."


Chart-topping metal behemoths on a world wide tour following the release of their latest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Mon 30 Oct

prices vary / 0844 338 8000

Manchester Arena

Sat 28 Oct

£50–£85 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Sun 22 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

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Tue 24 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

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