Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Dishes on Orion Music + More, New Album


Story by Charles Ken

Kirk Hammett says Metallica plan to start working on their new album this fall

Metallica’s debut Orion Music + More festival will reach Atlantic City, N.J., this weekend (June 23 and 24), featuring Metallica in addition to a full slate of rock bands. Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Volbeat, Hot Snakes, Kyng, Sepultura, Letlive, Thy Will Be Done, Eric Church and Avenged Sevenfold are just a few of the bands slated to hit the stage at the heavy music festival, and now, guitarist Kirk Hammett has announced that on top of live music, festival-goers can expect a wide range of non-music activities. 

“We also have these lifestyle tents that are kind of based on our own individual interests,” Hammett told Guitar World. “[Frontman] James [Hetfield] is having a car show, [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] is having a movie festival-type thing, [bassist] Rob [Trujillo] is having a skate-and-surf thing and I have Kirk’s Crypt, which is kind of like a haunted-house type thing.”

Hammett also offered up an album update. He says Metallica have been brainstorming ideas for their upcoming tenth studio album, and he, personally, has around 400 new guitar riffs which he’ll use when the band hits the studio. “Out of those 400, there might only be 20 great riffs,” he said. “It’d be something if all 400 were triple-A, diamond-rated ideas, but that’s just not the case. James might have 800 riffs, but there’s maybe 12 songs in there.”

As for when to expect the new album, Hammett explained that although the metal men don’t have any specific date in mind, they plan to be “concentrating a little more on writing songs and doing nothing else but just thinking about the new album” come the fall.


Charles Ken
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