Robert Trujillo Says New Metallica Music Will Come ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’

2019-03-18

Metallica – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Herring Herrin

“This time around, I think we’ll be able to jump on it a lot quicker and jump in the studio and start working,” Robert Trujillo says

Metallica has been touring hard behind their Grammy-nominated 2016 album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” but they metal men are still thinking ahead to new music. In fact, bass player Robert Trujillo thinks new Metallica tunes will come sooner than expected.

In a new chat with Australia’s The Music Podcast, Trujillo said that the group’s next release “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,” he continued.

When Metallica released “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct,” a whopping eight years had passed since the guys had released the previous album, “Death Magnetic.” Before that mark, the guys hadn’t released a new record since 2003’s “St. Anger.”

So, according to Trujillo, the next Metallica record should take less than a decade to conjure up, which is still a pretty wide margin. Trujillo says that even though he and his band mates have “vowed to get this one going sooner than later,” they don’t have a timeline set.

“How soon? I don’t know,” Trujillo said. “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,” he added.

In the meantime, you can hear a few Metallica classics, including “Orion” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” in the new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac. Lars Ulrich also contributed “thunderous drums” to the film’s score.

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