James Hetfield says he has “tons of material” written for new Metallica album

Metallica's James Hetfield performs onstage at Twickenham Stadium on June 20, 2019 in London, England
(Image credit: Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

Metallica have been keeping relatively busy in quarantine, sharing an acoustic reworking of their 1988 song, Blackened, releasing the new S&M2 live album and filming an entire concert in secret at a Northern California winery that was broadcast at drive-in and outdoor theaters across the U.S. and Canada as part of the Encore Drive-In Nights series.

But apparently there’s also new music in the works, as singer and electric guitar player James Hetfield revealed during a recent Sirius XM Town Hall interview.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.