Metallica Explains the Eight-Year Gap Between Albums
<p>Metallica&#39;s <em>Hardwired...To Self-Destruct</em> drops Nov. 18, eight years after their last LP, <em>Death Magnetic</em>. Speaking to Zack Ruskin for a <a href="/articles/news/magazine-feature/7564746/metallica-hardwired-to-self-destruct-cover-story"><em>Billboard </em>cover story</a> written by Gavin Edwards, Metallica&#39;s Lars Ulrich explains the reason for the gap.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re busier than we&#39;ve ever been,&quot; Ulrich laughs. &quot;We were on the road for three years, spent a year in the Lou Reed world [with <em>Lulu</em>], we spent about two years on [the 3D movie] <em>Through the Never </em>and then picked this record up and started that.&quot;</p> <p>Ulrich also points out that the band has done a slew of one-off gigs, from playing Lollapalooza to Antarctica. &quot;[Stuff] shows up in the inbox and we go, &#39;That sounds like it would be pretty fun.&#39; The days of us spending a year just making a record are over for us.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re artists,&quot; James Hetfield adds. &quot;We get bored and want to try new things.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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