Robert Trujillo says Metallica’s 10th album is ‘crushing’ and packed with firepower.
The bassist is thrilled with the forthcoming ‘Hardwire ... To Self Destruct’ which is the band’s first studio offering since 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic.’
Speaking to City Pages Trujillo says: “Hardwired is the perfect statement to lead into this body of music. I think this album sounds crushing. Sound-wise, it's got a lot of firepower.
“I'm excited about the songs, but I'm also excited about the sound quality of the record. Greg Fidelman did a great job with the production.
“It's really fun music, but it's also challenging. It can be a bit complex, but there's strong melodies. I feel we've matured in the right way as a band. We've had a lot of creative challenges over the years and as we've gotten older, we've been going for it.”
‘Hardwired ... To Self Destruct’ will be released on November 18 via their own Blackened Records Label and it has been hailed as a return to their ‘thrasy roots’ based on the reaction to their first single of the record.
“With [producer] Rick Rubin it was great that he seemed to bring the awareness that [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] and [frontman] James [Hetfield] should reconnect with the thrash roots,” says Trujillo.
“It was important for Rick to get Metallica back into that style and energy.
“You pull from that and do something fresh with it. I feel it brought this band back, on a creative level, to a very special place. Now you get into this new body of music, we've grown from all the shows we've done, but also learning the Black Album top to bottom. Master of Puppets we did the same thing. We celebrated the 20-year anniversary, played the album in its entirety. Doing that rather than stepping away from the past, but embracing the past, and digging into it is something that helped us get to where we are now. Death Magnetic was a launchpad for what's happening.
“I'm excited about this, but I'm also excited about the future. We have a lot more riffs to share with the world. Hopefully it doesn't take eight years.”
In the same interview Trujillo laughs as he recalls seeing at first hand the reaction to the band’s single via a fan who didn’t recognise the bassist next to him on a flight.
“I'm getting on the plane and Hardwired had just been featured all over the nation. I sit down next to this guy, who offered me the free drink coupon,” he recalls.
“I had a Metallica jacket on and he said, ‘Oh, I heard they released their new album today.’ I said, ‘No, I think it was just one song.’ He goes, ‘Did you hear it?’ and I'm like, ‘Yeah, it's good.’
“I look down, he's got his headset on watching the video on his iPhone. He doesn't know I'm in the band. He's just going, ‘Oh man, this is really good.’ That was a classic moment."
Metallica Hardwired… To Self-Destruct:
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Am I Savage?
Halo On Fire
Dream No More
Here Comes Revenge
Spit Out The Bone