Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has said that fans of the legendary thrash band shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation of a similar album to that of their 1980s classics such as ‘Kill ‘em All,’ ‘Ride The Lightning’ and ‘Master Of Puppets.’
Speaking with the San Francisco Chronicle, Hammett explained that the band was no longer in the same mindset as they were when they were writing the music that saw them rise to the top of the metal world: “We’re not those people that we were when we were making those other albums, sorry to say,” he said. “That’s the way it is. It’s totally and completely and absolutely fine with me that we’re not those people.”
Hammett also touched on the backlash that Metallica has received from a portion of its fan base following the release of their most recent albums, including 2003s ‘St. Anger’ and 2008s ‘Death Magnetic,’ as well as the band’s 2011 collaborative album with Lou Reed, ‘Lulu.’ “It’s a very difficult thing,” Hammett conceded. “You end up competing with yourself.”
Regardless of the mixed responses to the band’s recent catalog of work, Metallica will always be remembered as being one of innovators of thrash metal and one of the most popular metal bands of all time. They have been honored with several music awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their contributions to music. However, Hammett maintained that he wasn’t in the business for the accolades: “All that stuff is ridiculous to me. It’s all about doing something that moves people on an emotional basis.”
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