METALLICA: First Taste Of New Material?

Video footage of METALLICA's rehearsal/soundcheck in Auckland, New Zealand prior to their concert on January 15, 2004 has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip features METALLICA jamming on what appears to be a new riff/song, which may or may not be included in reworked form on the band's forthcoming CD.

METALLICA recently confirmed in a posting on their official web site that they have recruited Rick Rubin (SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLIPKNOT, AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) to produce their forthcoming studio LP. The news was accompanied on the site by several pictures of METALLICA in the studio with a shoeless Rubin.

METALLICA officially began the songwriting process for their new album late last year and are expected to spend the next few months compiling ideas before entering the final recording stage. A late 2006/early 2007 release via Warner Bros. is expected.

(Thanks: All Metallica)

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