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On the heels of the announcement about the Big 4 Festival with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, it looks like Metallica may also have some new music coming sooner than fans may think. The group is actually planning to hit the studio in May to work on a secret two-week project.
"We want to record it in two weeks," guitarist Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone. "We had planned on doing it in March, but we pushed it back to May. I don't want to give too much away, but it's not really 100 percent a Metallica record. It's a recording project, let's put it that way. Without getting too deep into it, it's more a recording project than a bona fide Metallica album. Whether or not we can pull it off in just two weeks remains to be seen."
In the meantime, fans will have to head to Indio, CA if they want to see the one-day-only Big 4 Festival on April 23 at the Empire Polo Club, the same place where the Coachella festival is held. Hammett says that playing with the four Metal giants who rose out of the thrash scene from the '80s is "like a big class reunion... It's super cool because I'm really tight with the guys in Anthrax and I love the guys in Slayer and, you know, I'm never really bothered by the Megadeth guys." Expanding on his band's supposed rivalry with Megadeth and Dave Mustaine, Hammett said, "It's not that big of a deal. At least it never was for me... With all these bands, the opportunity for all of us to just hang out and look at each and grin and say to each other, 'Look, we're still here.' That's just an amazing thing."