The latest less-than-clear-message from the Metallica camp: Cigar aficionado/lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has let slip that the band is planning to head back into the studio in May -- but not exactly to record a new Metallica record. Hammett said the new project will only take the band two weeks -- which, at least going by the pace previous Metallica releases, would be about the time Lars Ulrich needs to set up his drum kit.*
Hammett's comments mystified Rolling Stone, too, and it's not hard to see why: "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," he told the magazine. "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."