New Metallica Album Coming Within Next Six Years, Lars Ulrich Confirms

"We're one day closer to next record than we were yesterday," the drummer says.

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If you're among the vast majority of Metallica fans anticipating the new record, you can rest assured that the new 'Tallica will drop during the current decade.

Drummer Lars Ulrich personally addressed the issue during a recent Rolling Stone interview, saying that "we're one day closer to the next record being released than we were yesterday. Unless there's what's called an 'Act of God,' I would hedge my bets that '201' would be the first three digits in the release year. And I don't know much beyond that. We've been jamming along. We've been putting in some time," he explained.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett noted that the four-piece has "really started" working on a "Death Magnetic" follow-up, once again pointing at the immense amount of riffs the group has at their disposal.

"We've jammed on certain bits and pieces of music and figured out this piece of music works, this works, this doesn't," Kirk said. "But we're still going through that process. James [Hetfield] has 800 pieces of music. I have 400 pieces of music. Once we figure out what pieces of music are actually gonna work for us, then we're going to start turning those pieces of music into songs and seeing where that leads us."

Asked to at least reveal the title of the new track Metallica will perform at the upcoming "By Request" tour, Lars replied: "Are you kidding me? That's six weeks from now. We played two new songs on the 2006 tour, right when we were writing and getting ready to record 'Death Magnetic.' At those gigs, they were very, very eloquently entitled 'New Song 1' and 'New Song 2.' You can't f--k with that."

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    Wow. Such a relief (!)
    What a joke, it should not take more than two years to make an album, if that, once you get down to it
    Yeah but they obviously put their families and personal lives as priority now. They don't need the money, and they pushing mid 50's. I of course agree that it *should't* take as long as they are taking, but I understand from their point of view that it isn't necessary for them to all gather in the studio for months on end like they used to. It's all about leisurely pace and "it'll get done when it gets done"....unfortunately, that style of production usually leads to lackluster output.
    well...they actually havent even started making an album. Theyve just got a few riffs thrown together from touring. Once they actually get down into the studio I would agree it wouldnt take more than 2 years (in most cases, see Hysteria - Def Leppard)
    They gave us 4 albums in the 80's, 3 in the 90's (garage inc and S&M not included), 2 during the 00's and it looks well on track that we'll be seeing just the one album during the 10's.
    By that logic then that means this is going to be their final album. Not quite sure how I feel about that.
    Honestly, I think they wasted the last of their "best" years by not following up The Black Album in 1994, I think if they hadn't waited so long to follow it up they would of still had one more "classic" album in them.
    It wouldn't be all that surprising if it were their last album. The longer and longer stretches between them in recent years proves that they just don't seem to have much energy to do anything else and get burnt out with the idea of making them. After Death Magnetic they toured a lot, and then got interested in other things... it just seems that for whatever reason they consider it to be a huge undertaking. I don't understand why, plenty of bands from across the spectrum of talent can churn out records like it's going out of style. :S
    For as long as Metallica's been around, you'd think they'd have released more than 9 original studio albums.
    "Boston is the laziest band ever. Been around 30 years and put out five albums. Hell, Jimi Hendrix is dead and he puts out two a year!" --Larry the Cable Guy (paraphrase)
    Lars looks good with a beard anyway hope this is true but your taking your time now
    6 years? in that time i could meet three other people, we could all learn various instruments, start a band, write music, play gigs etc, and release an album, all in time to read the new 'breaking news' - metallica album almost ready (in 2032)
    And when they finally went on tour with the new album, they would be your support act, since your band had already made seven albums of which 3 topped the charts worldwide...
    They aren't in their 20s anymore they are all married and have kids in their early 50s, late 40s...along with the fact that since "Metallica" came out in 91' excluding "Reload" they have spent at least 5 or 6 years on albums
    Load and Reload was a double album thing. They wrote and recorded all the songs and then split them into two CD's.
    6 years? in that time i could meet three other people, we could all learn various instruments, start a band, write music, play gigs etc, and release an album, all in time to read the new 'breaking news' - metallica album almost ready (in 2032)
    leeannalaidlawb · Feb 06, 2014 07:29 PM
    leeannalaidlawb · Feb 06, 2014 07:32 PM
    diane.livesay.9 · Feb 07, 2014 12:30 AM
    diane.livesay.9 · Feb 07, 2014 12:30 AM
    After I looked at my paycheck of $127.38, I've lost faith in my cousin who had truly been Bullshit*ing me on his spare time hacking other peoples laptops. They're baby sister's cousin Tracy has done 4 guys in the short time it took to type this, and paid for her pimp, drug habit, and had enough left over for a pint of beer! She still drives her Yugo and stays at the halfway house during the week. She just turned 15, Happy Birthday Tracy,.... keep setting your goals high!
    Honestly, i know Metallica is like the most loved band here - but it is OBVIOUS that they have lost the passion for making music. It's a job now. Which, honestly, is fine. Once you reach the top - where do you go? Being the biggest Metal band of all time must kind of hard. They KNOW they will never top The Black Album. I think i'd lose my passion aswell
    He kind of looks like Aaron Paul in that picture. I hope this next album is good, but I hope they take a long break before hand. They seem way too busy to be writing a new album.