Below is the Encyclopedia Metallica newsletter issue #054, sent out 6-Aug-1999.
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA METALLICA NEWSLETTER
ISSUE #54, 6 Aug 1999
EDITORIAL. There is quiet in the Metallica camp at the moment, the guys
aren't talking too much with the press as the tour is finished. We still
have an article in this issue (thanks to sonicnet.com) where they are
talking about the new release. Enjoy, and don't forget to visit my site at
Sem Hadland (Editor)
==== ARTICLE ABOUT THE NEW RELEASE =================================
This article is from www.sonicnet.com/
Metallica are preparing to enter a California recording studio to begin
editing a live two-CD set ,including two new songs, that will chronicle
their April symphonic-metal experiment with the San Francisco Symphony
But singer James Hetfield said fans should not expect that the heavy-metal
band's forthcoming studio album, due next year, will necessarily continue
in a strings-and-power-chords vein.
"As far as incorporating any symphony into our new recordings, that was a
fun challenge," said Hetfield, speaking backstage at Woodstock '99. "It
was a fun thing to try and do. I never say never. But I don't feel we're
going to get 75 musicians into a studio and pop off a little song or two".
The still-untitled symphonic set, also to be available on DVD and video,
will be derived from tapes of the band's two-night stand (April 21-22) at
the Berkeley Community Theater. During the show, the San Francisco Bay
Area band performed such career-defining heavy metal songs as "Master of
Puppets" and "The Call of Ktulu" with the backing of a full orchestra.
"A couple weeks into August, we'll get in there and start working on it,"
Hetfield said, predicting that the live album would be out in November. A
spokesperson for the band's label, Elektra Records, said a release date
has not yet been set for the album and video project.
"We put together two brand new Metallica songs especially for those
shows," Hetfield said. "They're very Metallica, not written for the
orchestra. We just wanted to make it special with a couple new songs".
The two songs, "Minus Human" and "No Leaf Clover," will appear alongside
such hits as "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman."
The symphonic performances, which featured the scruffy rockers playing in
front of classical musicians in tuxedos and led by conductor Michael
Kamen, who wrote the orchestral arrangement of "Nothing Else Matters" in
1992, was a far cry from the pioneering speed-metal sound that forged the
group's reputation in the early '80s.
"Wow! Hey, they like us!" Hetfield said during the first night of the
symphonic experiment. "Hey, did you hear the one about the heavy-rock band
who wanted to play with the symphony? You're f---in' lookin' at it, man."
Metallica may be willing to push their sound in new directions. But at
their core they are a rock band, Newsted said at Woodstock.
"We've always been into experimenting with things," the bassist said. "But
you know there's a lot of new bands experimenting with new sounds and
technology, [and] it's only going to help your sound. ... I always try to
take on new influences, but don't ever get too far away from the original
Metallica released their first studio album, Kill 'Em All, in 1983. It was
a brutal, heavy-metal tour de force that set the standard for thrash-metal
bands that followed. By the time their fifth studio album, Metallica, was
released in 1991, the quartet had become huge stars, garnering heavy
airplay and MTV airtime for the elaborate videos to hits such as "The
Once the sessions for the symphonic set are completed, Hetfield said the
group will be eager to get back into the studio to record the follow-up to
the 1996 album Load and its 1997 sequel Re-Load.
"You can't not think about writing [new songs]," Hetfield said. "It's
always coming out. It's always happening.
"[I'm] really looking forward to getting some new material. It's really
been a long time again from writing all the stuff for the Load [album] to
now. It's time to get it out — get the evil out, man."
Hetfield predicted the group would begin work on the new album early next
year, with an eye toward recording "what we do best — heavy stuff," with
some experimentation thrown in as well.
Newsted said it would not be out of the question for the meat-and-potatoes
rockers to try their hand at using samples. "We shouldn't have too many
rules in the studio the next time," he said. "We really try to keep open
about some crazy ideas ... like James playing drums."
Metallica will finish out the year with a half-dozen live dates,
culminating with a New Year's Eve show at the 80,000-capacity Silverdome
in Pontiac, Mich. The Dec. 31 concert will also feature guitarist Ted
Nugent and rap-rock MC Kid Rock as opening acts.
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