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Metallica, like many bands, has been using the time off from the road due to the pandemic to write some new music.

Lars Ulrich offered a brief update on the status of Metallica’s new music during his Rolling Stone “Musicians on Musicians” interview with Phoebe Bridgers.

“We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing,” said Ulrich. “And of all the s— — pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just f—ing looking at the state of the world — it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next.”

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Ulrich added, “It’s like, ‘F—, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.'”

News of Metallica working on new music during the pandemic was confirmed by Ulrich in June when he said in an interview with Swedish talk show host Fredrik Skavlan, “We’re just starting, in the last four weeks maybe, we connected again. We’ve been obviously connecting [even before that], but we [have now] connected creatively, and now we’re sort of in discovery mode, I think is a good way to say it. We are sending ideas to each other via e-mail and via Zoom and [trying to] make music in these unusual situations.”

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