Metallica is back working on its first new album in five years. During a chat with, Kirk Hammett spoke about the band’s followup to 2016’s chart-topping, Hardwired. . . To Self-Destruct collection, saying, “Metallica has always been about bringing people together through music. I think the sentiment now is that people need music more than ever to bring everyone together and collectively celebrate that we’ve got to this point. There’s a lot of division in the world, and hopefully this Metallica album will cut through the division and bring people together in ways that are more beneficial for everyone over all.”

Hammett went on to say, “We’ve tried to make the most of the Covid year-and-a-half, and we’ve been pretty successful. We’ve got together remotely and worked, and we’ve got together (properly) and worked. Things are moving really well. I would say that the music we’re coming up with is very appropriate for the times.”

There’s been no title or release date set for the new album.


  • Metallica‘s last studio album, Hardwired To Self-Destruct was released on November 18th, 2016.
  • The album, which featured no songwriting contributions from guitarist Kirk Hammett, was co-produced by James HetfieldLars Ulrich, and Greg Fidelman.
  • Hardwired To Self-Destruct toppedBillboard’s Billboard 200Independent AlbumsTop Rock AlbumsHard Rock Albums, and Top Rock Albums charts.

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica’s video for 2016’s “Hardwired To Self-Destruct”: