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Metallica performs in Berlin on Monday. Photo: IC
Back with its first album in eight years , Metallica has returned to its thrash metal roots, making it clear the band hasn't lost its anger.

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which comes out Friday, is the 10th album by a group determined to preserve its reign as one of the defining acts in heavy metal.

"We're four angry guys," said lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, now 53 with a touch of grey in his long curly hair.

"These songs have been written with a lot of anger, a lot of aggression , with a real sort of vision to do that," the California native told AFP during a visit to Paris.

The first track, "Hardwired," sets the tone for the 12-track album - uncompromising and ultra-fast with enraged, nihilistic lyrics that recall Metallica's first opus, 1983's "Kill 'Em All."

The title of the latest album is "a statement on the human condition and how we all kind of do things that we know are bad for us but we do it anyway," Hammett said.

"We are hardwired to be a little naughty , a little bad, and on the extreme end of that, some people just self-destruct because they just can't get enough of that bad stuff."

Hammett, who said he first turned to music to release his anger, says he plays so ferociously on the guitar that he breaks more strings than he replaces.

"I always play very, very aggressively, and in a very angry way ," he said. "It makes me feel better."

His relationship with his instrument is still evolving, he added, saying he has "reconnected" with his guitar in recent years.

"Every time I play my guitar, it's so different from two years ago or three years ago," he said. "It's different now and it feels good."

Hammett is especially fond of jazz and bossa nova and has tried to deconstruct the genres' sounds and techniques.

"I learn stuff in those worlds and play it and I go, 'Yes, I totally can use it in heavy metal ,'" he said.

Hammett has a keen ear for younger generations of heavy metal artists. He is fond of Lamb of God, saying he has "high hopes" for the group every time it releases an album.

But Metallica is not looking for early retirement.

"We always want to be the best," Hammett said, describing his attention to his music as obsessive-compulsive.

"We just want to go out and conquer."

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Three U.S. aircraft carriers planned to stage joint maritime drills in waters near the Korean Peninsula from this weekend, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

Without elaborating on sources, Yonhap reported that the U.S. carriers would conduct joint exercises in international waters near the peninsula and that the strike groups also planned a joint drill with the South Korean Navy in waters off the east coast of South Korea.

The U.S. 7th Fleet said in a press release on its website that the USS Ronald Reagan , USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt will commence a three-carrier exercise in the Western Pacific from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14.

The strike groups will conduct coordinated operations in international waters, the Pacific Fleet said.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three," said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Scott Swift.

The strike groups planned to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training , close-in coordinated maneuvers and other training, according to the press release.

South Korea's defense ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun told a press briefing Thursday that the joint exercise between the U.S. aircraft carriers and the South Korean Navy was in consultation.

The spokesman, however, said there has been no plan to conduct a trilateral maritime drill, including Japan.

by Sportswriter Wang Haoming

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- FIFA presidency candidate Jerome Champagne said he would like to be a reformist to lead the world soccer governing body through the crisis.

The 57-year-old Frenchman spoke to Xinhua by phone before FIFA announced the five candidates on Tuesday, which also included Gianni Infantino , Prince Ali bin al Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale.


Champagne, a FIFA consultant and director of international relations for 11 years (1999-2010), is aiming to return to the organization which has been in a deepening crisis since May 2015.

"Football is for everyone, this sport can not be like basketball, football should never be centered in one league," said Champagne , whose motto "HOPE FOR FOOTBALL" appears on his official campaign website.

"People all around the world have the right to play football, that is why I pick up this campaign".


Champagne said the main task for next FIFA president should be "rebalance the game in a globalized 21st century".

"The imbalances in football today are our greatest challenge. They are endangering the promise of our sport - its universal nature and the opportunity that it gives everyone to play and to win," he said.

Champagne said there are huge gaps in the development of the game between countries, and the ever-expanding globalization has widened these gaps.

"Twenty-six years ago, Europe was divided, but football was united. Today it is not possible, all the good clubs are in western Europe ," he said.

"India spent millions of euros to get the TV right of the English Premier league, but the English Premier League invested zero in Indian football," said Champagne.

"Every country should have its own strong leagues," he added.

Champagne said should he be elected, he would increase development funds and build more fields in less developed countries.

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