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: