It might not be too long a wait for Metallica fans to hear new music from their favourite band. Guitarist Kirk Hammett says that the next album might not take as long to complete.
Hammett told Australia’s Mixdown magazine that once the band’s “WorldWired” tour is done (it’s currently scheduled to last until November 2019), the band could be back in the studio.
Fans had to wait five years for 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’ and eight years for 2016’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.’ Hammett said, “When I was 13-14 years old, bands put out albums every year. Seriously, KISS put out an album every eight months. None of this eight years between albums.”
Hammett said that the band doesn’t relish taking years between albums. “None of us are very comfortable with the fact it’s been so long, because that is a long time. We’re hoping to avoid that this time around.”
One thing that might speed up the recording is the availability of material. Hammett continued, “I have a ton of material. I’ve over-compensated, so I’m ready to go anytime.” He added: “For me, being in this band, I always want to contribute. I always have a lot of musical concepts and ideas to bring to the table. Hopefully I can bring my ideas to the next Metallica album.”
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has also hinted that the wait for new music might not be too long. In a recent interview, he said that the band’s next studio album would arrive “a lot sooner than the previous two did.” He added: “I think we’ll be able to jump on it a lot quicker and jump in the studio and start working.”
According to Billboard, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ was Metallica’s 12th album to sell at least a million copies since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. In total, the group has sold 58 million albums in the U.S., and owns the overall top-selling album of that span of time: its self-titled 1991 release, with nearly 17 million sold.