While Metallica‘s two latest studio albums Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and 72 Seasons feature a variety of thrilling and moody bangers, neither has much going for it in terms of ballads.
Throughout their career the Los Angeles, California thrash metal band has proven that they can write remarkable ballads; hell, earlier this year, we compiled a list of Metallica’s 10 best ballads and slow songs.
In a new conversation with Metal Hammer, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo addresses the band’s future when it comes to making more ballads. In an interview from earlier this year that was published on Metallica’s website, Trujillo spoke about how – for him – the creative process for 72 Seasons began with Lars Ulrich asking him to create an acoustic cover of “The Day That Never Comes,” a track from the band’s 2008 album Death Magnetic.
Regarding that creative task, Trujillo shared: “I don’t know if I disappointed him or if I didn’t come through, but basically, that day never came because I threw together an original piece that had nothing to do with an acoustic version of The Day That Never Comes. By the way, that original piece is not on the album, so don’t look for it… More than anything, it was intended to make a point, which was, ‘Fuck it, let’s be creative, let’s concentrate on new ideas, new music, a new record.’”
In his recent conversation with Metal Hammer, Trujillo is asked if “The Day That Never Comes” is effectively Metallica’s last ballad and if we’ll ever get to hear the acoustic version of the song. In response to this, the Metallica bassist offers the following:
“That’s a good point! So far as The Day That Never Comes goes, it’s such a classic song and has a lot of potential as an acoustic song so I think it’s something we’ll do at some point, maybe even as part of an acoustic show or maybe as part of All Within My Hands [Metallica’s non-profit charity].”
Trujillo then addresses the lack of ballads on Metallica’s newest album: “There were a lot of ideas that weren’t included in the final batch of songs for 72 Seasons. In the back of mind I’m sure there was an idea we should have a slower song or ballad, but it felt like we were ready to go. There were definitely ideas for songs that fit into the ballad category though.”
He continues, expressing that the band “will” make a ballad in the future: “For me, I was more interested in the metal though, which is basically what we’ve pursued as a team, so that eventually it was like ‘we’ve got all these songs, but not one is a ballad’. But the dynamic range of what we’ve got on this album is a statement in itself, but at some point there will be a ballad.”
Are you a fan of Metallica’s ballads, or do you just prefer to hear their thrashier songs?