Guitar Solos Expected to be Prominent on Next Metallica Album
For many fans, The Black Album (properly a self-titled release) for Metallica is the last time the quintessential metal band retained its signature sound. A string of alternative-dabbling releases followed in the 1990s, while 2004 release St. Anger took a familiar turn – but forgot the guitar solos. Death Magnetic, in 2008, got closer, but the band’s collaboration with Lou Reed, titled Lulu, dimmed most of fans’ enthusiasm.
After two decades of middling releases, Metallica seems to be listening to fans’ requests, and according to a recent interview with drummer Lars Ulrich, their in-the-works studio album is expected to have more guitar solos. In discussing the material being recorded, Ulrich explained: "The stuff that we were banging out yesterday, it felt heavy, it felt energetic, it was loud, it was fast, it was rocking, it was crazy. The snare drum was on there and there were guitar solos, in case anybody was wondering.''
Nevertheless, Ulrich called the upcoming release a “continuation” of Death Magnetic but mentioned that producer Rick Rubin’s role has not yet been determined.
More recently, Metallica announced their own label, Blackened Recordings, and revealed they have control of all master recordings. The new label, as well, ends their relationship with Warner Music Group. Any future releases, as well, will come out with Blackened, instead of a major label.
What would you like Metallica’s album to sound like? Are more guitar solos a step in a better direction?
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