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Metallica claims to have over 700 riffs to wade through for new album

Posted by jessepac on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM (PST)

james-hetfield-bargainsIn an interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has spilled the beans on the overwhelming amount of new material the band is working with:

“James (Hetfield) told me in Australia that he had over 700 new riffs. That was slightly overwhelming. It’s kind of frightening. James is not allowed to play guitar without being recorded. Literally! There are also hours and hours of jams and tuning-room shindigs.”

The band has been touring incessantly since the release of 2008’s “Death Magnetic,” including the historic Big 4 shows around the world and for the first time ever, a show in India is planned. Ulrich commented on their touring frequency on its impact on the band’s health and image.

“It’s hard, we’ve got four different guys all with different things going on, so it’s pretty hectic. Everyone has got a full schedule but we’re managing to get together. I just don’t want to overdo it to the extent where it becomes something people take for granted.”

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