“We’re about seven, eight songs into it,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tellsRolling 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.”
Does anybody think that the problem with Metallica is that they TRY? They have been trying to make a good album for fifteen years and they have failed at it. Be it St. Anger or Death Magnetic or LuLu they can’t even come up with a GOOD NAME for an album. And how can it be a successor to …And Justice for All? How in the hell can anybody with half a mind even THINK Death Magnetic is on that level? Lars Ulrich, do us all a favor and just stop talking about your band and sit behind the kit and play your mediocre drums.