Metallica’s New Album To Be Completed This Summer

Lars Ulrich of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

Lars Ulrich of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

In a new published interview, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich confirmed that the band’s long-awaited new album would be completed this summer. The bands hasn’t released a new studio album since 2009’s Death Magnetic.

We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe.”

Lars talked about the timeline of finally finishing and releasing the new album, the band’s 10th studio release:

The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.”

Previously frontman James Hetfiled promised fans a new album by late 2016 or early 2017. This spring guitarist Kirk Hammett stated Metallica had tapped producer Greg Fidelman(Death Magnetic) for the new album.

Lars also discussed Fidelman: “Greg Fidelman is 24/7 on this record and has been since last summer. He’s doing an insanely great job and has been putting his heart and soul in it pretty much every waking moment of his life in helping us engineer and produce this record”.

Regarding an actual release date:

If the record doesn’t come out this year then it won’t be because it’s not done. It will be because there’s some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer.”


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Greg Fidelman Revealed As The Producer Of The New Metallica Album

Kirk Hammett of Metallica,, by Victoria Anderson

Kirk Hammett of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

In an interview with Alternative Press, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that Greg Fidelman is the de facto producer of the bands new album, which is said to be currently in the final phases of recording. Recently performing their first show of 2016 at CBS Radio’s The Night Before concert event at Super Bowl 50, both James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich claimed on stage that there would be a new Metallica album released during 2016.


Kirk commented on Fidelman’s level of involvement:

“We have not brought in any [other] producer and it looks extremely [unlikely] we’d bring one in this late into the project.”

“The title ‘producer’ itself is a bit ambiguous. It differs from person to person. You can call Rick Rubin a producer, but he’s not the [same] type of producer as Bob Rock, who is there for every note. At the same time, Rick Rubin gets stuff done. Greg Fidelman is a different type of producer in that he’s with the engineer always looking to try and move the project forward. And that’s different from, say, Dr. Dre, who is the type of producer who is actually making backing tracks, producing music, writing music. In the hip-hop world, Dre is a producer. It’s so ambiguous. If you go by the traditional term, we’re doing it with Greg, pretty much.”

“Greg is a real pleasure to work with. Even though he can be a bit of a taskmaster, he listens to you. He’s super-flexible. He knows how to crack the whip without fucking pissing people off.”


Hammett also commented on the difficulties of making an album for Metallica at this point in their career:

“The hardest part” about recording Metallica is coordinating the bandmembers’ schedules so that the production process can move forward at a comfortable pace. “Hey, for us, life has its demands,” he said. “We’re trying to make an album and go on tour, trying to be a band, but we all recognize that if someone has a family situation, that takes priority over everything. That’s another reason why [the new album] is taking so long. That’s another obstacle for Greg Fidelman He’s always joking about it, but it really takes a lot of, like, you know, tap dancing and juggling.”


The new Metallica album will be their 10th album of original music, not including live albums, compilations and covers. It will be the first new full length album from the band since 2009’s Death Magnetic. Fidelman may be seen by fans as a controversial, but safe choice for the band in the producer’s chair. Known for his work with Slipknot and Slayer, Fidelman came under fire from fans for the sound quality (clipping) associated with the Death Magnetic finished product.

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Video: Metallica Play CBS Radio’s The Night Before, Promise New Album In 2016

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Metallica played their first show of 2016 last night, headlining CBS Radio’s The Night Before event live for AT&T Park. You can watch the entire concert at this link or below:

Dubbing the show “To Heavy For Halftime”, the concert was the warm up to Super Bowl 50, played at the bands hometown stadium in San Francisco Sunday night.In addition to the sold-out crowd of 41,195, the event live streamed so that hundred’s of thousands of fans around the world could watch the show at either Metallica’s website or on YouTube. Cage The Elephant was the opening act. The band played a mainly old-school set drawing heavily from the 80s, and Load and Reload from the mid-90s, with nothing from an album past the year 1999. At the end of the concert drummer Lars Ulrich promised the band would see you real soon with a new album in 2016. Earlier in the night frontman James Hetfield claimed the album was “almost done”. Metallica’s last album release was 2009’s Death Magnetic.

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Set list:

Intro (The Ecstasy Of Gold)

Creeping Death

For Whom The Bell Tolls


King Nothing

Ride The Lightening

Kirk Guitar solo 1 (Bleeding Me into)

The Unforgiven

The Memory Remains

Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

Sad But True

Robert Bass Solo

Wherever I May Roam


Master of Puppets


Jam/Kirk solo 2 (w/ Hero Of The Day into)

Fade To Black

Seek And Destroy


Whiskey In The Jar (Thin Lizzy cover)

Nothing Else Matters

Enter Sandman


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Metallica To Stream Entire Concert From CBS Radio’s The Night Before Event

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Metallica is playing their first show of 2016 Saturday night, and they are headlining CBS Radio’s The Night Before event, in their hometown of San Francisco. They will stream the entire concert live free 1080p FullHD stream live from AT&T Park, available on mobile and desktop devices at, delivered by The show is the warm up to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday night. Direct support will come from Cage The Elephant. Metallica will take the stage at approximately 8:30 pm PST. Fans can watch the show live for free and pre-order professionally mixed audio recordings of the show as downloads and collectible CDs from the band, as they do with every concert.

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich commented:

“We can’t wait to play our first show of 2016 and there’s nowhere we’d rather kick off the festivities than in our own backyard. Even though the show has been sold out for months, Metallica fans around the world will be able to join in on the madness.” founder and CEO Brad Sterling also commented on the event:

“We’ve released audio recordings of every Metallica show for the past 12 years at, so naturally we’re excited to deliver the band’s first live HD stream from their hometown on their own web site.”




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