During a recent appearance on the official podcast of Canadian rocker Danko Jones, KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza spoke about his love for early METALLICA and where he hopes to see James Hetfield and Co. go on their next studio release.
"I really wish that METALLICA would put out an album that blows aways everyone," Mille said (hear audio below). "[2008's 'Death Magnetic'] was not great, [but it was] better than the one before [2003's 'St. Anger'].
"They had one song [on 'Death Magnetic'] that got me — the one that sounded like… The ballad that turned into [a] LED ZEPPELIN [kind of thing; referring to 'The Day That Never Comes']. That was a good song."
He continued: "I didn't like the sound [of 'Death Magnetic'] too much. The guitar tone was not really crispy. I think that one guy that [producer] Rick Rubin's working with [engineer/producer Greg Fidelman], he has a bad taste for guitar tone. He has this weird, non-distorted tone that might fit to some rock acts or whatever, but not to METALLICA. It sounds like the Tube Screamer [effects pedal] is turned off, you know what I mean? [Laughs]"
Mille went on to say that the musical side of things is not the only element of METALLICA's current direction that he finds disappointing. "With METALLICA, I'm missing the lyrics also, I'm missing the stories, I'm missing the political edge. You know what I mean? I'm missing the rebellious spirit, so to speak," he explained.
Mille added: "That's one of my all-time favorite bands that I was really looking up to and was, like, 'Yeah, yeah, they're right. They sang something true in their lyrics. Look at how they put this and what they think about this and that, and nowadays I'm just not interested anymore. It's weird."
KREATOR is working on material for the follow-up to its 2012 album, "Phantom Antichrist", for a tentative 2017 release.
"Phantom Antichrist" sold 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.