Metallica Threw Away 'Box Of Riffs' Says James Hetfield


(Classic Rock) James Hetfield has reported that Metallica didn't keep any unused riffs after completing work on latest album Hardwired To Self-Destruct. That's despite having notched up several hundred ideas that they felt were at least worthy of consideration.

Drummer Lars Ulrich has said that, prior to writing sessions for the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, he went through a total of 1600 ideas to identify the strongest ones.

Now Hetfield tells La Viola: "Once an album is finished the box of riffs is thrown away. We use the best. There's no reason to save it if it's not good - we'll write new stuff. I'm very interested in moving forward."

He adds: "It was difficult, having 800 riffs on my phone or my computer, and all I wanted to do was, 'Let's write a new one now. Let's just do it.' There's something magical that happens when Lars and I get together and I plug into a loud, crunchy guitar sound. It moves me and I can create riffs." Read more here.

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