METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has spoken to The New Zealand Herald about his current relationship with former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), the recent reformations of some of the thrash metal genre's pioneering bands, and METALLICA's next studio album.The following are some of the highlights of the interview: On his current relationship with Dave Mustaine: James Hetfield: "It's alright. . ." Asked if they keep in contact, James says, "Well, you know, we share struggles, trying to stay clear and present, we don't really communicate much, we're doing a lot of communicating within the four of us, in the band... I wasn't around when he (Mustaine) was there [for the filming of the 'Some Kind of Monsters' documentary], I was doing my own soul searching." On old thrash bands like EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and DEATH ANGEL reforming and touring: James Hetfield: "Great. Kirk was in EXODUS, and ahh, they've gone though some tough stuff too, their original singer died, and those other bands, they were all around when we were growing up, and starting. . . I mean, it's great, if they want to do it, why not... I mean if it feels right, if it feels good, some bands have survived, and some bands needed to go away and then come back when metal got, kinda together again." On a possible follow-up to "St. Anger": James Hetfield: "Well we've got a lot of songs that we didn't use on 'St Anger', maybe about 18 songs. They might see the light of day somewhere, we might kind of revamp some of them, but there's no lack of new stuff coming. Every time we go in the 'Tuning and Attitude' room, there's something new [coming out of us]." To read the rest of the interview, click here.
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends). To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.