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Rick Rubin Speaks On The New Metallica Album

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In a brand new article published in this past weekend's edition of the New York Times magazine, co-head of Columbia Records Rick Rubin spoke about his work as a producer for such bands as METALLICA, LINKIN PARK and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.

Whenever he agrees to produce an album, Rubin scrutinizes the songs before going into the studio. Rubin works slowly — it can take him years to finish an album. "A lot of that is because of the songs," Rubin explained. "I try to get the artist to feel like they are writing songs for the ages rather than songs for an album. As they write, they come over and play the songs for me. For some reason, most people will write 10 songs and think, That's enough for a record, I'm done. When they play the songs for me, invariably the last two songs they've written are the best. I'll then say, 'You have two songs, go back and write eight more.' "

His responses are instant, specific and constructively definitive. In the early METALLICA sessions, Rubin has been exacting about different drum sounds. "Lars" — Ulrich, the drummer — "will play two things for me, and I'll say, 'This one is great and that one is terrible,' " Rubin recalled. "Lars will say: 'How do you know? They both sound good to me.' Well, I just know. The right sound reaches its hand out and finds its way. So much of what I do is just being present and listening for that right sound."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. relentless austin writes:

oh hell yeah...that's the best indication of the new record i've heard yet

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 1:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

yo rick, anything that puketallica has put out since the black album has sucked...why even tell people you associate with those $$$ sluts....if you want them to write a song for the ages tell sucktallica to write a song called: WE HATE OUR FANS!!!!

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

'Cause Dethklok already has a song about hating their fans and even Metallica won't take anything from them. Dethklok are like the Chuck Norris of metal.

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 1:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Edhead writes:

I liked those guys better when they were drunk, Alchoholica !!!! a good album update would be that they're drinking again so they'd maybee wright somthing good again. I have every doubt in my mind that they won't though

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

thanx oz, didnt know that...wuhahahahahaha

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 4:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Vicarious_Intent writes:

Rubin is absolutely brilliant. I can't wait for this new album.

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 8:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. SlayerDoom writes:

Hopefully this new album sounds like Kill em All, because that is defanitly their best album. Just as long as it isnt called "RELOADED 3, This sh** continues"Hopefully its badass and a US tour follows.

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 10:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. SICKMINDED666 writes:

kill em all is an instant classic, RIP cliff burton.

Rick rubin has a nice list of produced albums
such as Slayer's Reign In Blood.

so im expecting AT LEAST A decent album. Sound wise i think it would be back where it was before Master of Puppets.

He is also doing Slipknot's "LAST" album. if anyone cares.

# Sep 3, 2007 @ 11:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BoltThrower writes:

Why doesn't it surprise me that Metallica needs someone to tell them what sounds good and what doesn't?

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 5:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Jomama writes:

Rick kicks ass. He tells it like it is. Not like kiss a$$ Bob Rock who tells them what they want to hear. I think this one will be decent. But only time will tell.

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 10:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. coldiem writes:

Well considering that is kind of the producer's job, no I wouldn't expect that to surprise you, BoltThrower. Other (most) bands also hire producers for the recording process, and also get the same advice from their producers. This is not a phenomenon exclusive to Metallica.

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. stikit2um writes:

DIAMOND OZ its a f***ING CARTOON for christ sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!u little 12 year old kids have ruined the metalunderground i used to know and love. deathklok sucks, metallica sucks(black album and up) the best producer in the world could help these sober bastards.

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Diamond Oz writes:

Dethklok is a cartoon?! When the hell did this happen?! Next you'll be telling me Spinal Tap isn't a real band!

Fact: MetalUnderground, like EVERY other site has changed over the years. It's not the same site I used to frequently post on and I don't see alot of the people I posted with anymore but what can you do? The fact is, MU is still bringing you plenty of quality news from a genre that needs as much publicity as it can get.

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 1:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brandedcfh420 writes:

get'em oz....

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Public Execution writes:

By the way, has anybody heard a non-watermarked version of the Dethklok Promo?

# Sep 4, 2007 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. cokotlitd writes:

News to me..... the tallica boys will hopefully kick a$$ .......regaining simple metal ....... playin for true pre black album fans.........

# Sep 12, 2007 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. coldiem writes:

Well, when the best insult you can come up with is calling everyone a 12 year old, we get a pretty good idea of the mentality we're dealing with. If metalunderground has been, as you say, ruined for you then great. There are plenty of "this sucks, that sucks" people who post here as it is, one less would be a good thing. Lighten up and go find out what the word "humor" means. By the way... last time I checked, sober wasn't an insult.

# Sep 12, 2007 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. SlugEmperor writes:

every die hard thrash fan hates black album and up, so your points were nothing special either stikit2um.

now playing: Keelhaul - Lwm

# Sep 12, 2007 @ 9:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Ostracised writes:

1. Dethklok is a hilarious cartoon that has a lot of big names backing it (Corpsegrinder, Warrell Dane, Jeff Loomis, even Hammet and Hetfield to name a few). I love the parody of it all, and hope it continues for years. We all need to laugh at ourselves once in a while.
2. If Rubin CAN'T pull an album worthy of hanging the (old) Metallica logo on out of them, then they need to retire and fade away. It would be the dignified thing to do.
3. Bob Rock sucks.

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# Sep 12, 2007 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. iEATbabies writes:

I've only been posting on this site for a little longer than six months now, and I love it here!! I love metal and i love to express that i love metall but it really sucks when other people have to ruin a good thing by demeaning others for their views. If you dont like this site anymore or you think its changed or your easily bothered by what someone else thinks, never forget that you have the option to GET THE f*** OUT. By the way Dethklok rules, and good luck to Metallica, St.Anger aside I'm looking foward to the new album. 5 legendary albums and one of the greatest live albums I've ever heard I still have faith in them.

# Sep 12, 2007 @ 9:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. RememberMetal? writes:

This doesn't say much about the Metallica album....Rick Rubin still thinks he's God and Metallica still have the uphill battle of trying to prove they still have "it".

I'm eager to hear this thing but I haven't propped my hopes on stilts for this band since Load.

Now Playing: The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Weekend Sex Change"

# Sep 13, 2007 @ 1:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. adamantdestroyer writes:

All you f***in noobs that hate Metallica. Where do you think your metal bands derived from? Metallica is f***ing awesome.....the end. This cd will f***ing own!

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