New Metallica album is 'old school on steroids'

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo reckons the band's recent album 'Hardwired … To Self Destruct' is like 'the old school on steroids.'

Trujillo, who joined Metallica as a replacement for Jason Newsted in 2003, was speaking to the band's fan-club magazine So What when he gave his opinion on their new record.

“I think for this album, it kind of makes sense that we really reconnected with the old school,” he said.

“It's almost like the old school on steroids, I feel. I'm very proud that there's energy and just a lot of firepower in what we're delivering on this record. In terms of production, sound, drums, bass, just locked in tight solid — crushing, really. I'm so proud of how we actually played on this body of music.”

He continued: “"I look at it this way: whatever I can do for the band, whether it's support the band by writing riffs, transitions or whatever needs to happen, I'm there for that. If it's to support the band and just play kickass bass… I mean, we always jam, so whether they're… You can't go wrong with a James Hetfield riff.

“We're still playing together, and we're still jamming, and the parts that I'm writing as a bass player are still a part of the creative journey. So it's not like a Robert Trujillo song and whoever else… I'm there to support Metallica.”

"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.