Metallica Working On New Album With Rick Rubin

06/21/2011
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(Gibson) Producer Rick Rubin says the guys in Metallica are about to begin writing songs for their new album, which he will helm, of course. Rubin talked to Billboard.com about the process.

"I had a meeting with Lars [Ulrich] in San Francisco...to explore what the focus was going to be this time around," he said. "I'm still sort of thinking about what that is going to be. I'll ask a lot of questions and we'll probably listen to some of the riffs that they've been writing. Usually I'll hear something that will sort of indicate the direction and then we'll talk about it from there."

Of course, that's far from the only project Rubin is working on. He's also produced the latest Red Hot Chili Peppers album, I'm With You, which is due out August 30. Rubin shared his thoughts on the band's new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

"Josh is fantastic," Rubin said. "He played with John Frusciante for many, many years and he actually toured with the Chili Peppers before, so he's sort of part of the extended family. He's stylistically very close to John but has a completely different trip. It sounds like the Red Hot Chili Peppers that you've never heard before." more on this story

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