Metallica have written over 10 new songs during lockdown

James Hetfield of Metallica
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From a mashup of Enter Sandman and Van Halen's Panama to Battery performed in a major key, we've heard our fair share of fan-made Metallica cuts as of late. But it looks like we're in for some fresh material from the thrash-metal titans themselves pretty soon.

In a new interview with Fierce Firearms' The Fierce Life podcast, frontman James Hetfield revealed that the group have been collaborating via Zoom throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and recently assembled at Metallica HQ to work on new music.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.