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)
    diane.livesay.9 · Feb 06, 2014 07:30 PM
    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.
    Am I the only one who took this as a joke?
    "we're one day closer to the next record being released than we were yesterday" Obvious troll is obvious. I wouldn't take this seriously, either.
    Seriously? That's a long ass time! Thought it was gonna be a lot sooner.... If it does reach to the 2020's, it'll have been 14 YEARS since their last album! Surely it doesn't take that long to do.
    if it hits 2020 it will be 12 years, Death Magnetic was released in 2008
    Ha, you're right. That's what I get for trying to do math at 8am. Even the most minor of things.
    How hard can it be? Just play a few fast riffs and get James to yell "Yeah!" a few times and BOOM! Classic Metallica album. LOL, I know there's more to it, but damn.
    Actually no, all the classic (good) Metallica albums were long before the repetitive 'Yeah' crap started.
    As much as I can already understand this as a joke, I really wouldn't want this to actually take 6 more years. They've had 6 years already, lord knows I've already lost interest.
    I've tried to search for the word "sarcasm" in the comment section, and I'm very surprised to find nothing. Seriously, it just looks like Lars is bored with those "When will the album be released?" questions, so he gives a pretty funny answer which basicly should be read as "Stop asking me this bullshit. We work on it, and when it's done, we will release it". P.S. I'm not a huge Metallica fan and I do not try to blanch Lars over; I just do not see a point to bash him for this statement.
    If it sounds anything like that abortion they coughed up on the Grammys...please, don't bother. YeaYeeeeah!
    "[Hetfield] has 800 pieces of music. I have 400 pieces of music." Suuuuure
    I'm sure they range from completed songs all the way down to one- or two-bar patterns. I'd believe 800 riffs.
    I'm buying it. I'm just a regular guy and I've got at least 50 riffs in my music folder. They're professional musicians so I'm sure they spent a lot more time coming up with stuff than regular Joe.
    if your surprise is the result of compairing your writing skills to people that have been writing music for more than 30 years, so yeah you can be surprised. you can't realize the amount of riff that can come up in 6 years ( since DM en 2008). a lot of this is crap that won't go in the composing phase.
    you'd be surprised how fast that shit adds up when you enjoy writing and playing music and have a creative drive....sometimes i will write lyrics for 3 songs one after another and come up with riffs that are a few bars...not everything is good but when you keep every idea you can it really does pile up on top of the fact that james and lars have been playing for over 30 years they most likely have a lot more
    Just a tad misleading.
    Not really, you'd have to be a retard to think that this means the album will be released in 2020. But when I think about it, that's probably exactly what those half-brains on UG Facebook page are thinking now lol
    Don't get me wrong, I really like some of Metallica's music, but I'm getting sick of seeing a UG article about every single time a band member does or says absolutely anything...
    I've waited six years already, I guess I can wait six more years. I just hope 24-year-old me doesn't find out that we have to wait ANOTHER SIX YEARS...
    It looks like they're finally honest about when the new album is actually going to come out instead of the previous constant pushing of the release date forward from early 2013 then to late 2013, etc.
    Translation: "Yeah, we're gonna make another album. But, we don't need the money, so it's just not that high of a priority."
    "due to recent movie flop, Metallica and Lars Ulrich are proud to announce that the next record will be crowdfunded". that's what i expect from Lars.
    I wish Lars wasn't "the voice" of Metallica. I feel like if Hetfield was out there doing interviews and talking to people, a lot less people would hate Metallica.
    The only thing these guys are good at anymore is talking out of their asses.
    "we're one day closer to the next record being released than we were yesterday" Now THERE is a man who knows his stuff!
    Metallica reminds me now of a once great Baseball player, but now since they hung around for so long after their prime their reputation is mediocre
    They're millionaires. Why bother releasing more albums?
    They are not only millionaires. Passionate musicians too. I'd say they could have stopped years ago if they wanted to with the money they've earned.
    Yeah. They tour and have been on tour for the last 6 years. I'm fine waiting for a new album. Especially if it sounds like Death Magnetic. Everyone bitches about how Metallica's not releasing new music, but yet all everyone talks about is how their first albums were the best and don't want to hear anything else. Make up your ****ing minds people.
    Look at Guitar Center's interview of Kirk, Lars and James. You can see how passionate they are about their music and playing it. James' words gave me so much more confidence about me as a guitarist and bassist and as a musician.
    They're enjoying their money and success and not worried at all about the fans.
    Poor you. You don't get to hear a new Metallica album, even though you probably have complained about the last 4. Meanwhile, they are still touring like mofos and performing in places they have never performed before. It actually seems like they are doing more for fans by trying to perform for as many people as possible instead of putting out a so-so record that people will bitch about.
    ass per your comment on complaining about certain albums, the only ones worth complaining about is St. Anger and foward. not only because Rob is garbage but because the quality has gone down. And flipo is right about their fame problem.
    At this point, I am hoping for more than a decent album, and I'm not counting them out yet.
    I am so ****ing sick of this band and their bullshit. They are getting worse than the ****ing Rolling piece of shit stones. James Hetfield needs to break away with Trujillo and go make some real music. God dammit.
    You can't help but admire Lars' ability to come up with silly, quotable responses to questions he doesn't want to answer.
    "we're one day closer to the next record being released than we were yesterday." how prophetic
    I'm probably going to pass a kidney stone within in the next six years...what is the point of even making that statement?
    This album's either gonna be one of the greatest things they ever did or something they shouldn't have done.