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James Hetfield Gives New Metallica Album Insight

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James Hetfield recently gave an interview to RollingStone. Some excerpts from the interview can be found below:

Q: What was the idea behind making this album?

Hetfield: "The direction is embracing our past in the now. We know what we know. It’s hard to erase that. But to strip it down again, and get back to why we’re doing this? Why did we write songs that way? The template was Master of Puppets and the strength of that record. How can we do that now?"

Q. Does the new Metallica album have a title yet?

Hetfield: It’s got a title and we’re still playing with it to see if we like it. But I guess the album’s done. It’s still got to be mixed. All the singing, all the recording is pretty much done. And we’re pleased with it.

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

I doubt they'll play anything from the new one tonight, but hopefully they will give us a cameo with Apocalyptica. Can't wait to hear the new one if the above written is true.

# May 16, 2008 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ZT writes:

Well, as long as the dudes are pleased with it, f*** everyone else! That's what I always say....

# May 16, 2008 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Westfallen writes:

They were pleased with St. Anger. And we received an inferior product.

# May 16, 2008 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Dude, to say St. Anger was inferior is like saying Auschwitz was a tourist resort.

# May 16, 2008 @ 4:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. SonOfKalmah writes:

dude, to say what you just said, has got me clueless. all i know is that, say 10,000 metal albums have been produced, st. anger is probably right around 10,000th best.

# May 16, 2008 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Red_Chord writes:

No man it's actually 9 998 because there is Load and Reload on 9 999 and 10 000.

# May 17, 2008 @ 2:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jamez writes:

For some reason "Master Of Puppets" keeps on coming up, so I'm looking forward to this one. And when it comes down to St. Anger, looking back at Some Kind Of Monster (which I watched today for some odd reason...???) I think St. Anger was an album they just HAD finish, or otherwise they would have fallen apart. The album sucks soundwise and songwise, but what the hell, lets see if they still got it. Cos at least they still got it when they play live.

# May 17, 2008 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. CliffBurtonLivesOn writes:

Man, I f***in' love this band and I'm fully stoked on the new record and I hope it'll be as good as their older stuff like Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets. And when it's out, I'm definitely buying it.

# May 17, 2008 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. jimmy j. writes:

Metallica has'nt put out anything I liked since the black album. If they go back to the sound of their early stuff like' kill them all' ride the lightning' master of puppets' and even justice for all I would buy the new album.

# May 18, 2008 @ 1:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Red_Chord writes:

I second that

# May 18, 2008 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Newerest writes:

I believe metallica with the comparisons to Puppets. WIth St. Anger they said it would have elements of their old style, and it did. Too bad it didn't have enough of those elements, otherwise that album would have been a lot better. I might actually buy their new album though.

# May 18, 2008 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. sean harv wyatt writes:

these guys have inspired me so much been a fan since 86' love these guys would love to meet these guys I WILL always be a fan thanx guys " NEVER STOP NEVER QUIT"

# May 25, 2008 @ 1:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brandedcfh420 writes:

Q: What was the idea behind making this album?

Hetfield: "The direction is embracing our past in the now. We know what we know. It’s hard to erase that. But to strip it down again, and get back to why we’re doing this? Why did we write songs that way? The template was Master of Puppets and the strength of that record. How can we do that now?"

what he meant to say was : "our new record is being made so we can milk our metalisheep fans of their lunchmoney. we know we are about done as a band, and we need to get as much money as we can before we decide to retire (finally)".

its ok james, no need to tell stories of making it sound like older stuff or having the past in the now. hahahahaha, good one!!

# May 25, 2008 @ 7:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Foyvirus writes:

I'll believe it when I hear it. Until then, though, my default is to assume anything new that Metallica releases will suck.

# May 25, 2008 @ 7:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. dementor writes:

why james can t sing whit same voice

# Jun 7, 2008 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. jihad writes:

metallica is history a new album will be suck because theres no chance that metallica wiil repet the old albums an they defentily ruin this album because this not old metallica hwho was the best band on wholl earth.metallica rules forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Jun 7, 2008 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. justdrw writes:

The problem with Metallica is that they came out with such aggressive and extremely good albums in their earlier days. It's kinda hard to live up to that billing as time goes on. St. Anger was not a great album by any means nor was load or re-load. However had bands that I had never heard of released them I would have thought those albums were at least ok. That being said I will continue to be a Metallica fan and listen to their newer stuff with an open mind.

# Jun 7, 2008 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle) writes:

ausome

# Jun 7, 2008 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. XWigglesX writes:

Your opinion does not count becasue you like Limp Biskit or howerver you spell it.
But meh, listened to St. Anger at work yesterday, first time in a few years. It is obviously one of the weakest Metallica albums ever but it does have a few decent tracks. No Kill em All that is for sure haha.

# Jun 8, 2008 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. EpicNeckbeard writes:

I prolly won't buy this album. I'll prolly just illegally download it. You guys won't tell lars will you?

# Jun 8, 2008 @ 9:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. jihad writes:

if you think that st.anger has good songs then you don t now nothingh about metallica.

# Jun 8, 2008 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. K. Krowley writes:

I totally agree with justdrw. Anyone who is a true Metallica fan will listen to the new album with an open mind. If you can't see past St. Anger, then you have a serious problem.

-Kris Krowley-

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 9:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Jamez writes:

I think this Metallica bashing is getting a bit old. For those who moan 'Metallica has not released anything decent since Justice', well maybe you shouldnt listen to Metallica at all. Hello, Justice was released exactly 20years ago. Of Course they are a different band now. And after that they've released 4 albums plus S&M and Garage Inc which you all probably hate. Meaning, Metallica has released more stuff you hate than like. So, whats the problem? Don't listen to Metallica. Not your type of a band. Simple.

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. b.bristowe writes:

Jesus Christ he's probably f***ing hammered.

Besides that, despite the fact that St.Anger made me sad on the inside. I still have high hopes for this album, although, if it floats along the "mainstream" as Crawford would say, I don't have much less in me to tolerate any of that crap.

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Cr4wf0rdT3x45J1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Hey, in all honesty, I'm stoked to hear it, but I was stoked to hear St. Anger, too.

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Txmetalhead writes:

Haha - pirating is fun!
I don't pirate musik, like I used to, though.
I have moved on to bigger, better things.

# Jun 13, 2008 @ 4:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. BIGSTICK13 writes:

YEAH, LIKE PORN. OR IS THAT JUST ME?

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