New Metallica Album Could Take Until 2015

Lars Ulrich would be surprised if their new album is released before 2015, if not later.

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The new Metallica album could take until at least 2015 to be released, according to Lars Ulrich.

The band started writing the follow up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" last year, and last week bassist Rob Trujillo said they've been writing "too many riffs" between their work on a forthcoming 3D movie and curating their new Orion Music Festival, but progress has been slow so far.

"It would surprise me if the next full-length Metallica record would come out before 2015," said Ulrich. "It takes us awhile to make records, and we're also so busy with so many other things. But we'll get around to it eventually."

In the same interview with Channel 24 (via Blabbermouth), Ulrich talked about the secret behind having a long and prolific career like Metallica have had:

"When you're younger, you're a bit more fit for fight, or ready to kind of ... it's either your way or no way. But I think as you get older, you start realizing that what you have is special," he said.

"Metallica is the sum of all parts, so if all the parts are not there, it's not Metallica. So you have to find a way to kind of give and take and balance and compromise, and sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow, and sometimes you dig your heels in and other times you let go. It takes some time to figure that out."

Watch the full Channel 24 interview with Lars Ulrich here:

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    I wish they would let Trujillo's bass a little higher and give him more credit for songwriting. He did an awesome job with Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves.
    I think he had writing credits on all of Death Magnetic if I'm not mistaken
    They still need to put him a bit higher in the mix. It'd probably make their sound more powerful too.
    Yeah, with the bass so quite and the lack of layers on Death Magnetic, it sounded a lot more like Metallica recording a high quality demo in a garage or something.
    Yeah the sound was not the yellow from the egg (word by word translation )
    Listen to what he did on Light Camera Revolution and listen to what Metallica lets him do...
    Dey can lite hes base on fiar if thye wunt Metlica is stil siht
    -reads comment- -sees avatar- -suddenly becomes ashamed of being a Radiohead fan-
    Robs just getting the Jason treatment, he's a hired hand not a true part of the band. Everything outside of James, Kirk, Lars is contracted. If Rob wants to bring a great idea to the table then more then likely he has to have his legal reps talk to Lars legal guy and so on and so forth. Rob is the guys standing on the outside looking in, IMO. He probably can't speak in public unless lars says so. Metallica used to be, what once was!!!
    So co-writing credit on all 10 songs on Death Magnetic wasn't enough? Geez, you set the bar high! Agreed about the bass, though. That really was my one major disappointment with DM; I was expecting a really nasty, growling bass sound.
    Trujillo is the only reason i still care about Metallicas new records besides nostalgia. I wish he would be featured as prominently in the studio as he is live.
    80s 4 Albums 90s 3 Albums 00s 2 Albums 10s 1 Album? Looks like we're only getting 1 album this decade.
    I can already see people beting money on which one of Chinese Democracy 2, Metallica's next album and Tool's next is going to coming out first.
    *Sees "beting" misspelling* FFFFFUUUUU-
    Yeah, but Tool's album can't suck. You either love Tool or you don't. They're just incapable of writing a less-than-stellar album, so in no way will Tool EVER come close to writing something as bad as Chinese Democracy.
    I just repeat my words over and over: take until f'n 2020 if you guys need to, but bring a good album, without repetitive riffs and crap mixing and production.
    That "fit for fight" line is telling. It's easy to be hungry when you ain't got shit to lose. This is why ALL bands best work is the "old stuff".
    It's OK, Metallica. I've got other metal bands who are more dedicated to their craft and will be releasing albums between now and then. I'll live, and hell, maybe I'll even pass on buying the new album. Do whatever you want, but stop ****ing with us on the timing.
    It is complete insanity that they allow themselves to be so lazy. I think they would be better if they put a little pressure on themselves to get things done. All the time and money in the world do not make a better record. If it takes you 4-5 years, you obviously don't have the drive for it any more.
    Exactly, they really are treating Death Magnetic like it's their grand finale or something. They've released FIVE live DVDs from Death Magnetic. FIVE! Fucking ridiculous.
    They're working on new material. They don't know how long it'll take to turn it into an album. The sooner interviewers stop asking Lars to pull a date out of his arse, the sooner these pointless articles will stop.
    The LARS ULRICH DRINKING GAME!!! Watch a Lars Ulrich video interview. Every time he says 'um' or 'uh', do a shot. Winner is anyone not dead of alcoholica poisoning at the end of the interview.
    How come I'm not surprised? Oh, I forgot, the movie is far more important than making some REAL MUSIC. I'm disappointed.
    i agree with you on that, but unfortunately Metallica is so huge and they make so much money they can essentially do whatever they want. we should be seeing a new album now, not a movie.
    Metallica is a business which probably has a market analysis department. They won't release an album until sales start to slide.
    Metallica is no a Kiss.... They are a business.
    Metallica is not a Kiss.... They are a business.
    This is kinda sad. Come on guys, we need new music. Save us from this horrible music industry.
    why make a new CD when everyone will jus download if for free? it makes more CENTS to keep gigging on the tried and true classics or to make a movie that ppl will have to see in person to get the best out of it. I predict nearly every band will eventually either stop making full CDs or just give them away for free. Merch and Live shows is where the $$$ is and given Lars penchant for money, what are they doing? playing Live shows and selling merch. When the money starts to lessen. then u will see a new Metallica CD.but i don't mind the wait as long as the music is great. Plus let's not forget. they have son's and daughter's and wives and husbands (Lars) j/k and as my daddy used to say. "they ain't no spring chickens no more." lol
    My unborn child will be planning my funeral the moment these guys will ever be bringing out something new.....
    At least it will be better than megadeths new shiet.
    Which of "megadeths new shiet" are you referring to? Endgame, Thirteen or Super Collider? And I'm sure there'll be at least another one to add to that list of things Megadeth has done by the time Metallica finally does something new.
    we've only heard one song so far. it was incredibly shitty but there has to be a couple good songs on the new album... right? please
    Look at Carebear's profile. He's obviously a troll. He's trolling on UltimateGuitar. Maybe we should just pity him instead of responding...
    After hearing the single for Super Collider, I sure as hell hope the rest of the album is better than that song! But Endgame was badass and thirteen was great minus the mediocre-shit production.
    IMO, Endgame was good, and 13 wasn't terrible. Definitely not old Megadeth, but still good. Definitely when you look at old Metallica vs new Metallica. Also, at least Mustaine doesn't think he's a table..
    I love Metallica, but I have to agree that they have been way less consistant than other metal bands such as Iron Maiden(UP THE IRONS!), Megadeth, Dream Theater, etc.
    Sammy Mantis
    Does anyone sincerely believe that these guys have it in them to release anything even halfway decent anymore?
    They released something very good a year and a half ago, Beyond Magnetic
    Which was recorded in 2008 during the Death Magnetic sessions.
    Which doesn't make it any less good.
    Whether or not it was good is irrelevant. Mr. Mantis was asking if anyone believed Metallica had it in them to make something decent, despite the use of the word "release". If he had meant "release" literally, he wouldn't have worded the sentence to imply it was some kind of difficult act, as getting unreleased songs and compiling them is easy to do. Beyond Magnetic is therefore irrelevant in the discussion. It's just part of Death Magnetic.
    Truth is they are only still relevant because there are so few quality bands being pushed and promoted to the masses by the record companies. Their last really great album was the Black Album and that was over 20 years ago. In between, they have released some poor stuff (Reload,St Anger, LULU !!> When you look at the set lists on their current tours its clear that they are just the best, very well paid Metallica tribute band out there. I'm more disappointed that nobody has taken up the baton and become a really great original Metal giant. Mastodon got close but then The Hunter was poor so they've lost the thread. Let's spend as much time trying to find the next Metallica as talking about Metallica as they coast toward retirement ?
    Spenner, yes he got down voted but, he has a point in there somewhere. Metallica is doing albums now just for fun with no meaning. They used to have that energy that would get every single soul in the stadium on there feet ready to destroy something. Support the guys and bands that are up and coming even if they do sound like early Metallica, isn't that what we want back? James can't do his awesome screams anymore course due to age, no problem with that. There are rising guys out there that have that fresh scream that aren't afraid to do a solo, that will give you that energy back like when you first saw Metallica back in the 80's early 90's.
    What's the point?
    Haha valid argument. Between Metallica and Tool, how can we even consider them bands anymore? They don't make music. That's what a band is. I guess at least Metallica is playing and doing other stuff, but damn. Metallica's my all time favorite, but for 20 of their 30 years, their music has been just decent. And for 10 of those 30, the band as a whole has been borderline irrelevant.
    Could this be a sign that they are stumped for ideas? Musically, 'Death Magnetic' was dense for me and at times it's really hard to listen to all the way through. I mean, churning out riffs is easy, but most of them probably wouldn't be worth listening to or fit for songs. We'll probably never hear another 'Enter Sandman'-quality riff from these guys. I believe they may have hit a creative block with the fact they've been involved in other projects recently outside of their comfort zone such as the project with Lou Reed, the 3D film and the Orion Music + More festival which suggests that maybe they're stuck for ideas with the band 'Metallica' as we know it. I have a feeling that the band is slowly becoming a nostalgia act. Whilst the release cycles have grown longer throughout the decades, I can understand that aging takes it's toll even on the members of Metallica, one of the Big 4 of thrash metal. With that said, we would be lucky to see another release and we should be grateful for the huge back catalogue that they've given to the world of music. Here's hoping the release arrives sooner rather than later and that it's something the band and fans can enjoy and be proud of. Blode.
    Guys, this is a trend that happens to bands after about 20 years. They don't need to or want to release albums on a yearly basis. I don't care if it comes out in 2015, because it'll probably be worth the wait. Heck, it took Aerosmith more than a decade to release the last album.
    Oh, he has 3 fingers and a thumb. No wonder he sucks at drums.
    He's not the best, but he's no way the worst. Done.
    I think that if you listen to a band like Dream Theater, where it's all about the musicianship then Lars can't hold a candle to them, but for Metallica, he makes it work, and that to me is a better sign of a good drummer than musicianship is. I remember my first band, all the drummer wanted to play was fills and never just any beats, and although he was a good drummer by himself, he wasn't that good in a band situation.
    I hear what you're saying, totally. For me unfortunately though, he doesn't make it work at all anymore. I saw them in 2009 and his tempo keeping genuinely ruined songs for me. Turn the Page was too fast, is one prominent example I remember. Hell even on Death Magnetic his playing is sloppy sometimes. Cyanide was the worst if I remember. Sloppy bass drum hitting. It's tempo and constant (but poorly executed) snare drum fills that bother me. Unlike everyone else who bashes his double-bass skills, I don't even care about that. DB is hard, sure. But not being able to hold a tempo after 30+ years? Madness.
    Lars fits his position, he's far from the best of all time but he's the right guy for Metallica's style just like Mike Portnoy fit Dream Theaters technical ability and all the other good and great drummers fit their role.
    Please enlighten us about your drumming career....
    Him not having a drumming career doesn't mean Lars is a good drummer, shut up.
    But it certainly puts Lars on a higher caliber, though. I probably have more singing training than most popular singers do nowadays, but I'm not the one that's famous, now, aren't I?
    The difference is, singing is their actual job. Some people choose a career path that doesn't involve being famous or playing an instrument and are considered successful toothat doesn't make them less qualified to criticize someone's playing ability.
    broken ipod
    Your logic could be applied to the following situation- Insert crappy pop singer who has sold more records than insert talented relatively underground metal/ rock band. Therefore pop singer is better than talented underground musicians due to having a more successful career in regards to fame, sales, and money. So therefore, success doesn't always mean talent and or quality. For all you know bullseye187 could be a drum prodigy but plays only for the love of the instrument itself and could truly care less about fame.
    > Lil Wayne has a career in making rap music > A lot of talented people with valued opinions come from outside of the rap business > Argument failed
    lars is a great drummer. its just that the rest of metallica are world class
    love Lars and Metallica to death but it blows my mind when people think he's a good drummer
    He may not be technically great, but that little ****er gives it EVERYTHING when he plays a show! His performance outweighs his skill. The dude doesn't suck, but there are a lot of better drummers that can't play a show like he does!
    Its fanboy syndrome clouding their minds. Its really no secret he's a terrible drummer...
    he is terrible dude, the only thing that he has ever done that has required pro-type talent is 'one'...
    The Four Horsemen, Whiplash, Metal Militia, Battery, Master Of Puppets, Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc., Blackened, And Justice For All, Frayed Ends Of Sanity, Dyer's Eve, Holier Than Thou, Through The Never, Struggle Within, and the list will go on... If you thought those songs required less than "pro-type" talent, you need to get your ears checked, kid.
    Thankyou for pointing this out! He's done some very credible stuff in his career, it's a shame people think he is so mediocre :\
    I would not have the audacity to say that he is the best drummer (even if Dr. House said that Lars is the greatest Metal drummer of all time.). But what I can say is the Ulrich-Hetfield combination is something that is still unrivaled as of this day and all of the great songs Metallica ever made can be attributed to Lars's songwriting and arrangements.
    They sampled the drums on Justice.
    Not all of them, only some of them and it was mostly only the double bass sections. How is that any different to death metal drummers using triggers/electric kit and then quantising it? Which btw, nearly all do..
    Dear Metallica, you have given us more than enough quality music over the years. Please stop now and inhibit tarnishing your reputation further. hugs n kisses xoxoxox
    At least Lars says that it will happen eventually. I think that they still have some good stuff to put out, it just doesn't seem like it after stuff like St. Anger and Lulu.
    Great another Lars humiliation comments and Megadeth comparison. You people are just stupid.
    Mentioning Tool and Metallica in the same breath is an insult to Tool (unless only talking AJFA and before). Metallica's decline is one of the saddest stories in music history akin to Morrison and Hendrix dying. They were so amazing but didn't know it.
    TTP Penguin
    It's just a case to each to their own really, I think you're so so wrong. They've continued to put out great music since AJFA. It's just different to Justice. If you can't handle change between albums, I don't know how you can handle listening to many bands.
    I love change. That's why I love Tool. But change isn't always good. Case in point, the 'Tallica.
    2015??!! Fuck they will do anything not to release an album!! brought out that series of ep's/mostly live recordings of songs we heard 1000 times before.. strung that out over a year.. Released a live dvd..toured more off that.. and now a 3D movie!! its just another way of making quick $$.. they will tour for this 3D movie for a year then when they finally pumped the movie/album dry!! they will release another album.. Fuck a movie release a new album!!!!
    Fuck me. Are you serious!? I had known they started writing last year, and thought they would be releasing their album this year at the latest. Now I read this. FUCK. FUCK! FUUUCK!!!!!
    Pretty sure I read an article on UG or somewhere else last year saying Metallica were writing and recording a few new songs, not just coming up with riffs, I do that in my spare time It'll be worth the wait.
    Darth Crow
    Long-time Metallica fan here, but I'm starting to feel that if it's going to take them so much time to come up with an album (they have been basically postponing it since 2010), they should seriously reconsider if they really even should make one. I'm not sure that "too many good riffs" is the issue here.