Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich gave somewhat of a surprising update regarding the band's new album, noting that the vast majority of the massively-anticipated release has in fact been written.
"I don't think there's any more ways of saying it. We've run out of clever soundbites. It's time to make another record," Lars kicked off during a 107.7 the Bone chat.
Naming the band's endeavors from the past few years, the drummer shared hopes of Orion Music festival's return. Returning to the album matter, he added (via Blabbermouth):
"I can tell you, all kidding aside, I'm pretty convinced that 90 percent of the record is actually written, it's just gotta be kind of assembled between all those riffs. It's just a matter of connecting this to this and sort of shaping it into a song. And so, I'm pretty psyched about that."
Explaining how the writing process tends to get a bit hectic, Lars concluded, "Like I said, I'm pretty convinced that most of the raw material actually exists. It's just a matter of connecting the dots.
"I've said this before, we've applied for 28-hour days, but we haven't gotten word back yet, because the four extra hours that we would get out of that would certainly expedite the making of the next record - it would get it sooner. But we're still stuck with 24-hour days and something about six-hour minimum sleep requirements and kids that have to go to school and all the rest of it.
"And it does move forward, but maybe not as fast as we would like and certainly not as fast as a lot of our fans would like. It's certainly not 'cause we're avoiding it," Ulrich said.
In related news, Lars responded to the Glastonbury drama and the petition demanding Metallica's removal from the bill due to James Hetfield's fondness of hunting. Apart from calling the whole matter "ridiculous," the drummer focused on Mogwai, the Glasto performers dubbing Metallica "s-ite" and Lars a "terrible drummer."
"Glastonbury is like the Holy Grail in England, and we're respectful to that," the drummer told Metal Hammer. "But if somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says, there's a point that it just becomes ridiculous.
"We're fairly thick-skinned. Obviously if Mick Jagger has something to say, or Alex Turner, or the nice guys in Kasabian, it's cool. But if some guy in some other band ... it's like, 'Huh? What? Who are you?'"