Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has told Billboard.com that the band will soon begin the process of making a new album.
Hammett explained that the band’s first challenge with the record will be sorting through their vast collection of riffs and ideas: “We have tons of ideas, and that really is never a problem. We never have a lack of ideas — if anything, the problem is we have too many ideas.”
He added that Metallica will start to make the album in the coming months: “…it’s something we’re gonna start thinking pretty seriously about here. In about a couple months or so we’re gonna seriously start working it out.”
In the meantime, Metallica is preparing for the release of two concert films: ‘Quebec Magnetic,’ due out December 10th as well as their much talked about 3D film, which will hit theaters in the summer of 2013.
Hammett said that ‘Quebec Magnetic,’ which will be Metallica’s first independent release, captures two of the band’s great shows: “We just played two really phenomenal shows. They were outrageously great and the audience was great and we had a bunch of people filming it,” he recalled. “We felt like we’re really doing a disservice just sitting on this great live footage, so we decided to put it out.”
The 3D movie, which was directed by Nimrod Antal, combines performance footage with what Hammett describes as, “a storyline that weaves in and out of the film…but there’s no real dialogue. The storyline actually involves the band, and it’s a very cool thing. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Several well-known actors were used for the film, including Dean DeHaan (‘Chronicle,’ ‘Lawless,’ HBO’s ‘True Blood’). Hammett was full of praise for the actor: “…[he is] a Metallica fan, and his performance is just as intense as our own performance.”