Update on new Metallica album

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Lars Ulrich spoke to Revolver magazine about Metallica’s forthcoming ninth studio album, tentatively due in the spring via Warner Bros. Records. “This stuff is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds,” the drummer said. “There’s a lot of light and shade in these songs. There’s heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there’s some slowdowns and musical interludes. It’s pretty different from ‘St. Anger’, and it’s pretty different from the ‘Load’ stuff. This stuff is not the one-dimensional punch in the face that ‘St. Anger’ was. This is probably a little more like those couple of albums back there in the decade that begins with an ‘8.’”

Asked whether the album’s material represents a return to the “old school,” Lars replied, “I hate to be that specific, because six months from now people are gonna go, ‘What the fu**? Lars lied to us!’ But it feels that way to me. It’s been no secret that Rick [Rubin, producer] suggested to us that we use a couple of those records as reference points ? that we spend some time kind of accessing that headspace. So when we would come to forks in the road, sometimes the exercise became, ‘What would we have done at this point in 1985?'”

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