In a new interview with The Music Podcast, Rob Trujillo confirmed that Metallica has begun writing new material for the follow-up to 2016’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.”
“We have a zone we call ‘The Tuning Room’ which is a space where we can jam and warm up before the show. We’re always in there coming up with ideas and you may get a few seconds of an idea but everything is recorded, always. And then of course at home, everyone has got ideas.
“[2008’s] ‘Death Magnetic’ was, for the most part, a collaborative effort. ‘Hardwired’ was more central to James’s specific ideas and was also taking the spirit of what we had done on the previous record.
“I’m excited about the next record because I believe it will also be a culmination of the two records and another journey. There’s no shortage of original ideas, that’s the beauty of being in this band.”
Asked about a possible release date, Rob replied:
“It will come a lot sooner than the previous two did… this time around I think we’ll be able to jump on it a lot quicker and jump in the studio and start working.
“We’ve all vowed to get this one going sooner than later. Now, how soon? I don’t know. We’ve been touring non-stop. It’s been over two years now. At some point, sure, we’ll need to take a little bit of a break. It’s sort of the right thing for us to do because we’ve been going so hard. We’re gonna be still busy next year”