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Metallica Will Start Recording in September, Says Kirk Hammett

Image courtesy of Courtesy Metallica via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy Metallica via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)

Metallica  fans are patient, and their patience is being tested while the band continues to inch along toward a new album. In a new interview with  Guitar World  magazine,  Kirk Hammett  says the band has set their sights on September as the time they will begin the next chunk of work toward the follow-up to 2008's  Death Magnetic

"We totally want to make an album," Hammett said. "But...we have families now. It's gonna be summertime soon and it's hard to work [then] because the kids are out of school." 

Hammett says Metallica has "a backlog of riffs in the riff bank. Now it's about picking riffs out, putting them together and moving along. Later, we'll revisit it all and see where it goes."

"September is gonna be the time when we buckle down," Hammett said. "I know I told everyone it was gonna be last January…but that's just the way it goes!"

Metallica has a short list of European festival dates scheduled for early summer. 

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