Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich gave an update on the band's progress with the new album, confirming that the producer's name will be unveiled soon.
Chatting with Rolling Stone, Lars explained how the four-piece will "really hone down" after wrapping up the summer tour dates dates, adding, "I'd say that right now, we're in the fourth inning."
Sharing more details, the drummer added, "We're going to start talking about who is going to produce the album. We haven't started recording yet. But we are deep into the songwriting part of it."
Saying that Orion festival wasn't held this year due to "scheduling issues," Ulrich focused on the group's "By Request" tour, admitting that in general, fans mostly pick the classic tunes for the band to play.
"To be totally honest with you, sometimes I wish they would vote on some of the really obscure songs," Lars said. "We love playing crazy stuff."