By now, you’ve probably had some time to take in the first new Metallica song in six years, “The Lords of Summer.” So far, reaction seems to be pretty positive on the song, which was premiered last night in Bogota, Colombia. And if you liked the eight-minute epic, then you’ll be happy to know that the rest of the material they’re working on might share some of that DNA. In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, the band’s Lars Ulrich called the song “fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now. It’s one of those things that’s like, ‘Here, we’re writing and we’re creating.'”
This is further along than Metallica was on Death Magnetic. He recalls that the band road-tested two songs in 2006, but only sections of them made it onto the album:
We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006,” he says. “We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record [Death Magnetic]. One was called ‘New Song 1’ – going out on a creative limb, here – and the other was called ‘New Song 2.’ That’s how deep we went. There was a couple of pieces in ‘New Song 1,’ some of the middle bit ended up in ‘All Nightmare Long,’ and the intro bit ended up in ‘The End of the Line.’ That’s how we work; stuff just gets changed around, moved over and this goes over there and the rest of that gets sacked and that ends up in the intro in song five.”
So that suggests that there might be another song or so in the making as they continue to tour. He even says “by the time we get to Europe, there will be a different song or different thing or different arrangement.” It’s pretty cool that the crowd last night got to witness history, and it will be fun to see how much or how little “The Lords of Summer” changes by the time it’s recorded.