Are you alright with waiting another eight years for the follow-up to Metallica’s warmly received double album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct? Don’t worry, frontman James Hetfield would prefer if the next record comes around sooner too.
The metal icon and excellent “yeah” deployer chatted about his schedule hopes and dreams for the band’s next album in an interview with Italy’s Linea Rock. His forecast still includes a bit of a gap between releases, but there’s optimism that things won’t be as quiet as they were after Death Magnetic.
“We’ve booked out two years [of touring]… at least. So I can’t predict the future, but we start there and hopefully there’s more than that. And I would like to make some new music sooner than eight years, for sure,” he said (transcript h/t NME) “[You get] such a pleasure and a joy of hearing your new music and having other people hear it. So we don’t wanna wait that long.”
Things are going swimmingly for Metallica’s current new record. Industry prognosticators peg the album as debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200, beating out stiff competition from the likes of Bruno Mars and Miranda Lambert. Metallica’s last studio effort, 2008’s Death Magnetic, also opened up in the #1 slot.