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Metallica Shock No One, Say They’re Working With Rick Rubin Again

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Robert Trujillo
I’ve often wondered what it must be like to be Robert Trujillo. Not in a metaphysical sense, but…what I mean is, what it must feel like to be the new guy in a band as majestic and revered as Metallica? He, as you know, is the bassist for Metallica and he has told a radio station in California — which was broadcast live from The Big Four (or The Big 4, if you’re into the whole brevity thing) it seems — that the band has picked a producer.

Trujillo revealed to no one’s amazement that they’re sticking with producer Rick Rubin for their next studio offering. What he forgot to mention was that “produce” for Rick means he will pop in every once in a while to make sure Greg Fidelman is doing a masterful job, as usual. Rick has a lot of hands in a lot of pies, people.

“Yeah. I love working with Rick. Rick, to me, he’s sort of a Zen guru spirit that Metallica needs right now. Not to say that we need it right now, ’cause we’re getting along incredibly well, we’re really excited to write some new music. There’s no shortage of riffage in Metallica world right now. And I think it’s only gonna get better.”

Trujillo gave the interview to 93.7 KCLB Rocks! radio, and added that “the first album with Rick was also the first album for me, so in a lot of ways, you’re kind of testing the water. Now that we’re comfortable with Rick and his incredible engineer, Greg Fidelman, who worked with Slayer, actually, on this last record — it’s my hero — it’s a great team. And it’s only gonna better; I really believe that. So I’m super-excited.”

Word is Metallica will enter the studio in May to start working on the follow-up to Death Magnetic.

So…is anyone looking forward to new Metallica, or are we all passed that old feeling of anticipation we used to get whenever new Metallica was on the horizon?