Metallica have begun “jamming” new ideas together while out on the road

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo says the band have been working on new album ideas while they’ve been out on the road.

The bassist tells The Music (opens in new tab) that they’ve been “jamming” new material on their WorldWired tour and has hinted what the follow-up to 2016’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (opens in new tab) could sound like.

Trujillo adds: “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. 

Death Magnetic was, for the most part, a collaborative effort. Hardwired was more central to James Hetfield’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.”

Back in 2016, drummer Lars Ulrich insisted that Metallica’s next album wouldn’t take another eight years to arrive (opens in new tab), and Trujillo adds: “We're all vowed to get this one going sooner than later. How soon? I don’t know.”

Metallica (opens in new tab) recently wrapped up their latest run of North American shows and will head back across to Europe in May.

The band have just released a live video showing their performance of Sad But True from Wichita which can be watched below.

Metallica WorldWired UK and European stadium tour
May 01: Lisbon Estádio do Restelo, Portugal
May 03: Madrid Valdebebas, Spain
May 05: Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Spain
May 08: Milan San Siro Hippodrome, Italy
May 10: Zürich Letzigrund, Switzerland
May 12: Paris Stade De France, France
Jun 08: Dublin Slane Castle, Ireland
Jun 11: Amsterdam Johan Cruijff Arena, Netherlands
Jun 13: Cologne RheinEnergieStadion, Germany
Jun 16: Brussels Koning Boudewijnstadion, Belgium
Jun 18: Manchester Etihad Stadium, UK
Jun 20: London Twickenham Stadium, UK
Jul 06: Berlin Olympiastadion, Germany
Jul 09: Gothenburg Ullevi, Sweden
Jul 11: Copenhagen Telia Parken, Denmark
Jul 13: Trondheim Granåsen, Norway
Jul 16: Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland
Jul 18: Tartu, Raadi Airport, Estonia
Jul 21: Moscow Luzhniki Stadium, Russia
Aug 14: Bucharestv Arena Națională, Romania
Aug 16: Vienna Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria
Aug 18: Prague Airport Letnany, Czech Republic
Aug 21: Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland
Aug 23: Munich Olympiastadion, Germany
Aug 25: Mannheim Maimarktgelande, Germany

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