James Het­field says Me­tal­lica makes mu­sic they want to hear

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

In­side a Brook­lyn sound­stage, Me­tal­lica has a re­laxed vibe. The band­mates are mak­ing a mu­sic video for the sin­gle “Now That We’re Dead” from their new al­bum, “Hard­wired. To Self-Destruct.”

Af­ter front­man James Het­field re­turns from the set fol­low­ing his bit in front of the cam­era, he hands off his gui­tar, shakes his hand and is re­lieved he “didn’t drop the pick this time.”

It’s been eight year since the last stu­dio al­bum.

“Fans have re­minded us,” Het­field said. “Me­tal­lica is usu­ally pretty busy. We don’t have watches. We don’t keep a super tight sched­ule, but we have fun and we do a lot of stuff.”

This is Me­tal­lica’s tenth stu­dio al­bum in their 35-year his­tory, yet it’s no se­cret that fans pre­fer ma­te­rial recorded be­fore 1992. Het­field said the band plays mu­sic it wants to hear.

“That’s num­ber one. If the fans en­joy it, that’s up to them. We can’t please ev­ery­one. We do our best, and hope­fully the peo­ple show up and un­der­stand the truth and hon­esty to us and our craft,” Het­field said.

This time, Me­tal­lica de­cided to make their al­bum close to their homes near San Fran­cisco. “We all live in ... Cal­i­for­nia with all of our fam­i­lies, and take our do­mes­tic re­spon­si­bil­i­ties very se­ri­ously. So we de­cided that we wanted to make this record at home,” drum­mer Lars Ul­rich said.

Both Ul­rich and Het­field said they were able to main­tain their clas­sic sound by hir­ing Greg Fidel­man. He worked on “Death Mag­netic” as en­gi­neer. This time around, he stepped up to co-pro­duce the record with Ul­rich and Het­field. “It’s nice to get the creative juices flow­ing to be able to sort of go down to the stu­dio and in­ter­act with your part­ners in crime, and still make mu­sic that you feel still has some­thing of a rel­e­vance,” Ul­rich said.

Me­tal­lica, from left, Kirk Ham­mett, Robert Tru­jillo, Lars Ul­rich and James Het­field.

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