There's been a big rush of news on the next Metallica album, despite possibly taking until 2015 before we can hear it - but there's a good reason for the wait.
Metallica like to take their time and record the best album possible, and bassist Rob Trujillo has described the careful process that will lead them to making a "very, very exciting" album.
"There is a process of elimination and that's when we are going to take all the ideas," says Trujillo, "and we listen through and some don't make the grade, and most of the stuff you jam on and try a few different ways and revisit them maybe eight months down the line. So there is an extensive process of elimination before you get to actually writing that song."
He continued: "I can say that the ideas that I have been hearing and have been a part of, to me are very, very exciting and I see us making a great album. I feel in my heart that we are going to do something special."
Yesterday we reported that the album could take at least two years to be released, and not just because they're taking time over the music. The band have been keeping busy with other projects, including their forthcoming 3D movie which will be released in IMAX theaters in September.
Trujillo has seen a recent cut of the movie and says there's still plenty of work to do before the release, and suggests that the newfound attention that the movie brings them could make them even bigger stars than ever before.
"We're not finished, but we're getting close and I feel that the end result will be special," he said. "Now what this will do for us or where this will take us is unknown, you know, but I have a good feeling about it."