James Hetfield Says Lulu Is NOT The New METALLICA Album
We've already made up our mind about this Lulu collaboration, and it'll probably suck. James Hetfield is possibly aware that Metallica fans won't be too into it, so he spoke in a recent interview stating that this isn't a Metallica album, this is a different beast, and a new Metallica album is still being written. Here is the quote:
It's definitely different. This is not the new Metallica studio record. This is 'Lulu'. And that's why we named it 'Lulu' — it's not Metallica [and] it's not Lou Reed; it's us together making something called 'Lulu'. I'm sure there's some Metallica fans that will think that 'This is the new Metallica record. I don't like it. I'm scared.' And it's not. This is a project that was presented to us that we wanted to challenge ourselves with. I mean, there's some great riffs on there. There's not a lot of singing from me on it. [It's] Lou and his lyrics, with us writing background music for Lou. So that's what we did. There will be fans that it will be difficult for them to understand, but we can't stop being Metallica, we can't stop exploring what we wanna do as an artist. We don't like limiting ourselves. But we're not doing it just to mess with the fans; that's for sure. If they don't like it, wait until the next record where we're fully focused on Metallica, which we're actually writing right now."
Ugh. At this point, I've resigned to the fact that Metallica will never ever be the same as during the glory years (said years are up for debate, but I consider the first four albums their finest, with much respect for the Black Album). I could care less about new Metallica at this point. What about you guys?