James Hetfield Credits The Darkness In His Life For New Metallica Music

James Hetfield makes no bones about channeling his inner demons for Metallica‘s new music. Blabbermouth transcribed Hetfield talking in a new promo video about the band’s new album, 72 Seasons — which drops on April 14th — where he shed light on the album’s sometimes extremely dark inspiration.

Hetfield revealed, “There’s been a lot of darkness in my life and in our career and things that have happened with us, but always having a sense of hope, always having the light that is in that darkness. . . Without darkness, there is no light, and being able to focus a little more on the light in life instead of how it used to be and how horrible it is.”

He went on to say, “There’s a lot of good things going on in life — focusing on that instead, and it helps to balance out my life. And there’s no one meaning to it — everyone has some sense of hope or light in their life, and, obviously, music is mine.”

A while back James Hetfield told us that upon entering alcohol rehabilitation, he learned that anger can be a good thing. “You can handle anger and use anger in a positive sense. I felt I can take anger and be assertive with it. It also helps me protect, like, if something’s going wrong you can protect your family. I mean there’s a lot of good uses for anger that I never saw before. This is all new to me, and if it’s completely 101 for most people, that’s fine, but for me this is pretty profound.”