Metallica Has Over 700 Recorded Riffs For New Album

Even drummer Lars Ulrich is using words like "slightly overwhelming" and "kind of frightening" about the new material.  

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


It's a bit hard to believe that metal legends Metallica turn 30 this year as a band, with a storied history as epic and voluminous enough to fill the biographies of 50 lesser bands. 


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-ers are gearing up for their new album – their tenth – and have once again enlisted production guru and knob-twisting wizard Rick Rubin to lead the studio sessions. Even more fascinating is that the band reportedly already has over 700 riffs recorded for it.


Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sat down with Metal Hammer magazine recently, sharing details on the band's current plans. Ulrich explained that the group's frontman James Hetfield has recorded a mass of new material, and wonders how the band will be able to use it all.


"James told me in Australia that he had over 700 new riffs. That was slightly overwhelming. It's kind of frightening," Ulrich told Metal Hammer. "James is not allowed to play guitar without being recorded. Literally! There are also hours and hours of jams and tuning-room shindigs."


So how do you pull the quality from the castaways? "We're gonna sit down and wade through two-and-a-half years' worth of riffs and jams," he explained, "and hopefully a lot of the seeds for the next Metallica record will be in that. We can use the rest of the riffs for ringtones or, I don't know, set up a web site –"


Shockingly, no Metallica uberfans have bought the rights to the domain yet. 


Rick Rubin, meanwhile, is currently working on the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album, which has been given a working title of Dr Johnny Skinz's Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head. Can't wait…