Metallica is back working on its first new album in five years. During a chat with Loudersound.com, 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.

Kirk Hammett and the other members of Metallica are millionaires many times over thanks to the band's incredible success and sales of more than 125 million albums worldwide. But Hammett told us not long ago that Metallica doesn't take record sales for granted these days: ["Just because we're one of the biggest bands in the world doesn't mean we're gonna sell biggest band in the world record numbers. In the past, we have not shifted, y'know, the numbers that we expected to and, y'know, it's left us shaking our heads thinking, 'Why?' But y'know, at the end of the day, you just have to live with your participation in that and knowing that you've done the best that you possibly could. That's good enough."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . that's good enough)

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