Want hear a little new Metallica music? And we do mean "little."
Frontman James Hetfield unleashes about 12 seconds of a new song the group has been working on as part of a video holiday greeting he's posted for Met Club members at the group's web site. Holding his pet cat -- which he has press "play" on the recording console -- Hetfield offers the scintillating sample of a hard-driving riff with Hetfield's trademark bellow.
Metallica is still working on its long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, which is expected to be released during 2016.
Bassist Robert Trujillo says the group is well aware that fans are growing impatient for the project:
"It's taking a long time for us to get the ball rolling, and we've been on this, we've been nurturing this thing for awhile now. It's feeling really great, and I can't complain. I think the fans'll be happy...We're having a good time, and that's the most important thing, and as long as it's grooving and it's heavy, that's what it does for me."
Metallica has a special show in San Francisco lined up on February 6, the eve of Super Bowl 50, and will also spend 2016 celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Master of Puppets album, including the release of a new book, Metallica: Back to the Front, dedicated to the set.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.