Metallica have a busy summer ahead of them.
In addition to touring in Europe and playing 1991′s self-titled record (or The Black Album, if that’s how you know it), the band is preparing for their first curated festival, the Orion Music & More Festival later this month. They also have a 3D movie coming out, and will hit up the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, too.
Speaking with Guitar World, guitarist Kirk Hammett recently divulged a bit about their progress toward a new album, which would be the first since 2008′s Death Magnetic.
To the delight of ‘Tallica fans out there, he makes it sound as if he and James Hetfield have a bounty of new material to work with, at least in terms of the number of riffs “laying around”:
I’m probably closer to 400 now. [laughs] But you know, out of those 400 there might only be 20 great riffs. It’d be something if all 400 were triple-A, diamond-rated ideas, but that’s just not the case. Never was and never will be. James might have 800 riffs, but there’s maybe 12 songs in there. Who knows? It all depends on what we do with it.
In the fall, we plan on concentrating a little more on writing songs and doing nothing else but just thinking about the new album. That should be interesting.
He also spoke a bit about Kirk’s Crypt, an exhibit that will premiere at the Orion Festival. In it, he will showcase his extensive collection of vintage horror movie posters, toys, artwork, and other such artifacts. Here’s a video of him discussing it in a bit more detail: