METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: New Album Should Be Done Before End Of 2002

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich stopped by the chat room at the band's freshly-launched Jump in the Studio web site yesterday and addressed several issues regarding the group's current status during a real-time discussion with several of the band's fans. Among the points Ulrich made during his brief appearance in the chat room were the following:

* METALLICA's new album should be done this year, but the band want absolutely no deadlines to deal with. An early 2003 release is likely.

* Frontman James Hetfield is back in full swing following a rehab stint last year — "more so than ever."

* METALLICA are really going to evaluate what they are choosing to include on the CD this time around, as opposed to how they did things in the past approach when they were a little too arrogant in believing every song they made should be put on the album.

* The new album will most likely NOT be a double disc.

* Lars doesn't see any way producer/fill-in bassist Bob Rock will be joining the band on a full-time basis.

* Bringing in a new bass player could have disrupted things during the songwriting/recording process for the new album, so METALLICA decided to just stick with the closely-developed relationships they've already established.

* The band will not be breaking up after this album, or anytime soon.

* Lars wants to hit every location possible once they begin touring for the new album.

(Thanks: Inter Sandman)

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