Metallica bassist shares vocal booth with James Hetfield for first time
By David Sands
June 28, 2016
Metallica has been hard at work this year putting together the finishing touches on their still untitled tenth album, which will be a follow up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. While the long gap between recordings has certainly been difficult for Metallica’s legions of fans, we’re happy to report that we now have some good news from bassist Robert Trujillo about his contributions to the project.
In an recent interview with Metallica’s Met Club, Trujillo revealed that the new album marks the first time he’s joined singer James Hetfield in the vocals booth to record backing vocals.
“It was probably the most fun I’ve had during this album cycle, I wouldn’t even call that work,” he said. “It was just super fun blasting out those choruses; he had a big smile on his face and so did I, so that’s something that I’ll always remember because I don’t think I’ve ever done it on that level.”
Known for his prominent bass work with bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves, Trujillo will apparently also be getting a real opportunity to show off his stuff on the upcoming release.
“The bass sounds are crushing. I would say they’re the best bass sounds that I’ve had with this band for sure, and already for me that’s a plus,” he said. “I’m very proud of what Greg [Fidelman – Producer] has done with the sound of my instruments, and I’m also proud of the way I played. We’ve had fun.”
According to a recent Billboard interview with drummer Lars Ulrich, the new album should be wrapped up by the end of the summer, but it’s still unclear whether it will be released this year or next.
FBPO interview with Robert Trujillo
Jaco Pastorius feature (with Metallica's Robert Trujillo)
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