Bassist Trujillo says thrash giants are only getting better as Hanneman makes brief Slayer return at US Big 4 show

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Robert Trujillo vows Metallica are only going to get better on their studio albums – and they have a few more records in them yet.

The band performed the first Big 4 show in the USA over the weekend, alongside fellow thrash giants Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The event included another rendition of Diamond Head’s Am I Evil starring members of all four bands, and also featured a brief return for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who’s still recovering from a flesh-wasting viral attack.

Trujillo says his band are in great form to return to the studio with producer Rick Rubin, and they don’t plan to stop with one more album.

The bassist tells 93.7 KCLB Rocks: “I love working with Rick. To me he’s a sort of Zen guru spirit that Metallica needs. We’re getting on incredibly well and we’re really excited about writing new music.

“There’s no shortage of riffage in Metallica world right now – and I think it’s only going to get better. I know we’ve got another couple of records in us, and I think there’s a demand. It seems like we’ve got some new fans and they’re waiting for new music.”

Slayer’s Hanneman has been replaced by Gary Holt of Exodus and Pat O’Brien of Cannibal Corpse in recent months, following a spider bite which infected his right arm with necrotising fasciitis. He wasn’t fit enough to play a whole set at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on Saturday, but stand-in Holt bowed out stepped back to allow a two-song appearance.

Ahead of the mass jam Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the crowd: “We want to say thank you to all the metal fans out there who have supported all the bands, not just the Big 4. There’s a lot of great bands out there and we’d like to celebrate all of them.”

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