New Metallica Album 'A Blink of an Eye' Away, Says Lars Ulrich

The drummer also praises 'Lulu,' saying it will "age well."

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently teased the fans regarding the release date of the band's new album, saying it's "basically a blink of an eye" away. After telling Kerrang! magazine that 2015 is when the album's most likely to drop, Ulrich added: "So if you think of the actual age of this planet, if it's been 75 billion years since dinosaurs walked the Earth or whatever, then one year is basically a blink of an eye, right?" During the rest of the chat, Lars stressed the group's uncompromising attitude when it comes to new record's timetable. "Obviously, there are a lot of people asking where the next record is," he said (via Blabbermouth). "We're going to make another record, but like I said before, we don't really feel this kind of ... what's the word? I guess 'responsibility' is probably the right word. We don't feel this inherent responsibility to just churn out records whenever people want them. [Adopts a sarcastic voice] 'I'm sorry! Let me slap myself on the wrists and go make a record for you!' We'll get 'round to it again." In a separate Metal Hammer TV interview, Ulrich discussed the matter more thoroughly, saying that the four-piece did actually enter studio on several recent occasions and "popped the blister."

"We've done two or three dances through the studio in a little bit of down time on the movie," he explained. "We started sorting some riffs out, piecing riff 212 with riff 337 and they fit pretty good together. The bulk of it is still ahead of us, but we have popped the blister." But back to the Kerrang! chat, Lars also touched on the subject of "Lulu," praising the effort as "really, really strong." The drummer remembered hearing "The View" track in his car about a month ago, saying, "I don't know if one of my kids was playing it, or how it came on, but I thought it sounded f--king insane.

"I don't know what people expected a collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed to sound like, but I'm proud of it," he added (via Blabbermouth). "I'm sure that record will age well within the catalogue and within the history." Finally, the drummer revealed an interesting thought of selling excess riffs on eBay, saying that the band has "more riffs than we know what to do with." "We talked about setting up a special riff thing, where maybe we could share some of these riffs with others, like an eBay kind of thing for leftover riffs," Lars explained. "Some of them are actually quite decent, but we won't be able to use all of them." Just so we leave you with some music, the band recently premiered "Fade to Black" performance clip off "Through the Never." Make sure to check it out below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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    Why are they constantly defending an album that came out pretty much 2 years ago? I love Metallica but they just need to let people have an opinion on a record and move on, especially if the record sounds like an old man having a rant with Metallica warming up next door.
    Fleur de Lys
    He was asked about it, so he gave HIS opinion. It's an interview, not a press release.
    He could still have stated his opinion differently, actually the interviewers that keep asking him about the album are the one's at fault. LuLu was not a Metallica album but a Lou Reed album ft. Metallica. Still had some good riffs though, and James sung prety well on it. Can't wait for this new release tho!
    I think selling the leftover bits is a terrible, money grabbing idea. What would be cool is if they could release all of them for free and let fans chop up their own songs or something. Sort of like what Radiohead did a few years back with their single (I think it was them?)
    It's funny that when Jimmy Fallon asks Paul McCartney for his leftover songs (giving him a 10 percent of the royalties) everyone thinks "that's a brilliant idea", but when Lars wants to sell Metallica's leftover riffs, we all see him as a money grabbing wh#re
    I think Tony Iommi and Brian May were considering something similar at one point a while back too. I'm not sure how I feel about it, since it's basically making a market on songwriting, and then there's also the fact that someone else somewhere may have independently come up with the same riffs and may try to use them only to be called copycats.
    Like I said before, I don't care how long the album takes to make, all I care about is that I get it when it's done.
    IT'S ABOUT FOCKIN' TIME. I swear if all these bands didn't talk shit and actually focused on the MUSIC they would be happier as well.
    blah blah blah, there was a time when they enjoy making new music, now they do 100 riffs and combine them like lego.
    They used the riff aggregation method in most of their back catalogue going back to the very early days.
    STOP. We've read this exact same article ten times now. When we get a release date, a track list, and artwork, write another article, but for ****'s sake this is getting old.
    I want a new Metallica album and a GOD DAMN REMIX FOR DEATH MAGNETIC where it doesn't digitallY CLIP every ****ing time the snare it hit... OMFG
    wow most misleading title on ug in a long long time. title says "in a blink of an eye", in the text he explains how that's just a bullshit statement. well done ug
    I can't wait to see what metallica can bring us here, Hopefully they've decided to go back to their roots with this one
    Such a generic response. Metallica sound nothing at all like they did back in the day. For one, James can't sing like he could then. Wish people would just let them go knock out whatever feels right to them rather than hark back to a different time. Puppets/Lightning were superb in their own right - do I want a clone of it... no... we've all moved on.
    Oh. I misread that. I thought the new album was called 'A Blink of an Eye'.
    Lou Reeds a living legend and a musical pioneer. Im getting pretty sick of seeing all these Metallica posts still mentioning him. I also find it hard to believe anyone in Metallica is still talking about lulu, but I guess you gotta be getting your sources somewhere. To me its just an obvious attempt to stir up the pot and there's no shortage of metal heads out there that are willing to join the conversation.
    I almost don't want the album to come out because its probly their last
    Honestly, Lulu as instrumental would be boring as well, with vocals it sounds at least funny.
    They should re-release it as an instrumental. I'd buy that from anywhere, Lars.
    Just use any software that removes vocals to get a taste of it. BTW, you'll get songs like "[first riff]X32 [second riff]x32 ... etc" , if this isn't boring , I don't know...
    Dragon is around 14 minutes long, it has about 3-4 riffs, it's really not that interesting as an instrumental, though the riff is quite good.
    Dear Metallica, I know you all want to decide for yourself, on how to make a record, but I would much appreciate it if you stopt stitching riffs together and start composing songs again. Take time off and take all you want, but don't just put a bunch of doodles together and add a flavor of wahwahhammit on top of it at the end. Stories evolve and songs are stories, not semi-random pages bound together in an album.
    Seeing him say that they are sorting riffs out and making music with them, Death Magnetic now makes perfect sense to me.