METALLICA spoke to BBC 6 Music ‘s Matt Everitt about the band’s forthcoming album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, which is scheduled to arrive on November 18. Asked what is different about this record, drummer Lars Ulrich said: “I’m still kind of tripping on the sonics. It just sounds really good and really rich and really full.
“The last record [2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’], as it went along, it kept getting bigger and bigger. The songs got longer endings and that type of stuff. This record was quite different. The songs got tighter and leaner and a little more concise. So when I hear this, I feel this is METALLICA at the leanest we’ve been for a while. Maybe even the leanest we’re capable of.”
Ulrich also talked about the source of METALLICA‘s aggression. He said: “The old cliché is ‘turn it up to 11.’ I guess we turn it up to 12 or 13. But as I get a little older, I realize there’s a slight element of getting into character. You’re up on stage, you’re in the moment, you’re with your bandmates — and you turn into a little rock gnome or something. I’m not quite like that at 7:15 in the morning when I’m trying to get kid number three to finish his fruit bowl.”
Added frontman James Hetfield: “I’ve come to terms with it [aggression] being a part of me. I’m able to identify it and use it. Sharpen it at times, use it in the right places and otherwise you just shut the box on it for a while and try to be normal.”