Kirk Hammett has revealed that Metallica have been working on new material.
The thrash giants have been a little quiet of late, focusing on solo projects, while sifting through their archive. A recent interview with NME saw Kirk Hammett mention the possibility of a new album, but he refused to be drawn further.
The iconic guitarist has given another interview – this time to Guitar World – in which he revealed a little more about the potential project. Probed on music with the group, he said Metallica haven’t been lazy during those long pandemic months.
“Well, let’s just say that over the Covid years, we weren’t just sitting around on the couch texting each other, complaining about how we couldn’t work,” he said. “That was the exact opposite of what happened! We’ve been working through the lost years – so you can draw your own conclusions from that!”
Metallica’s last studio album ‘Hard Wired… To Self-Destruct’ came in 2016. Kirk Hammett recently released his solo album ‘Portals’, which saw him work alongside Greg Fidelman, an engineer known for his association with Metallica.
Discussing this, he said Fidelman “had his hands full with all sorts of other Metallica stuff” and “he was up to his neck in other Metallica commitments”.
An archive endeavour, then? Or something new? Time will tell.