Kirk Hammett, lead shredder for Metallica, has given an interview to Loudwire in which he talks about Metallica's next studio album, the longevity of the band and whether or not fans should be planning for a 2013 edition of their festival, Orion Music + More.
Kirk has just released his first book, 'Too Much Horror Business', that chronicles his massive collection of horror movie memorabilia to filming a 3D movie with his bandmates and was in New York City, where he made a stop on his tour to promote the tour.
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Kirk says he has more than 400 riffs ready for the new album and went on to say the following about the forthcoming new Metallica album.
"We just filmed a 3D movie up in Vancouver. That's been at the forefront of our attention right now. We've been dealing with the audio aspect of that and pretty soon we're going to start seeing footage from the concert. Once that particular project kind of dies down and we complete what we need to do with that, then we're going to start writing songs.
"We're going to meet up and start throwing ideas together. That should be really, really interesting. I'm really looking forward to that. What's not going to be so fun is going through all the musical ideas that we have. I'm not really good at editing myself because I think it's all good.
"To be more thorough on that, though, I foresee us starting to get together fairly soon, like in the next couple of months. We'll start hammering away on it.
And Kirk clearly sees Metallica carrying on for another twenty years: "I hope so! I have every intention. The word 'retirement' doesn't really sit well with me. There comes a time when you reach a position in society or culture where people will not let you retire. You can say, 'Alright, I'm going to hang up my guitar', but people will still not let you retire. They'll constantly remind you of who you are and what you've done, so you might as well keep on doing it."
And on a second Orion Music + More festival next year, Kirk said: "The intention is to definitely do another one. We're kind of getting our thoughts together on how that might be, where it might be and what our approach to it will be. We're very, very keen on having another one this year. It was just so much fun.
"But as for details on the fest, you know, it's too early in the process right now. I can assure you of one thing, there is going to be another 'Kirk's Crypt'. Bigger and better, two stories this time!"