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Metallica Already Working on New Music To Make Everyone Forget About ‘Lulu’

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By most accounts, Metallica and Lou Reed's "dark, loud" collaboration Lulu is an overlong, calamitous nightmare. The album comes out October 31st, but it's currently streaming on the Loutellica official site, so if you have a hankering for 87 minutes of Reed's cranky poetry recited over turgid riffs, go for it. (Or, you can listen to Tom Waits' Bad as Me twice, and actually enjoy it, in the same amount of time.) The Amp heard the 30-second preview of "The View," and that was a half-minute too much for our tastes.

Even the cover was terrible; nothing so ugly could ever adorn something worth listening to. Chuck Klosterman's lethal takedown of Lulu for Grantland pretty much encapsulates what went wrong with the potentially epic collaboration, and now it appears Metallica is also eager to put the album firmly in their rearview: They've already started working on a new album.

"We've got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun," bassist Robert Trujillo told Gulf News. "We've been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be recording during the most of next year. We've got a lot of work ahead of us." One problem, though, is that working with the Velvet Underground singer has fueled the new tracks.

"[Reed] actually helped us expand our creative horizons, and he really inspired us," Trujillo said. As for Lulu, the bassist says all the right things about the album, but he did admit that much of Metallica's work on the disc was the result of spontaneous jamming that was "recorded in one take." It took one take to create the music, and one listen for us to dismiss it.

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