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Lars Ulrich Sets Approximate Release Date For Next Metallica Album

In a radio interview with Vancouver’s 99.3 The Fox, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band has plans to enter the studio to begin writing and recording the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic this September. However, busy plans will make the process take a little longer than normal. For instance, the band was very busy putting together to two-day Orion Music + More festival that occurred just a few weeks ago. Due to the success of the inaugural year, the band will be bringing the festival back next year, which requires a lot of planning and orchestration.

Then there is the 3D Metallica movie, which is being helmed by Predators director Nimród Antal. The concert footage will be shot Aug. 24th and 25th on a massive 140’x50′ stage. According to Ulrich, the stage will have, “colossal components and striking visual elements spanning Metallica’s entire 30-year career.” The rest of the film will be shot in the two to three weeks that will follow these shows.

So what does all of this mean for the release date of the next Metallica album? Find out below!

Lars is saying that Metallica will be making their fans wait a bit before a new album: “I would say late ’13 or early ’14. It’s difficult to imagine… I think even late ’13 may be a bit optimistic. I would say hopefully we can realistically get a record out probably about a year and half from now, so maybe early ’14.

Here’s the interview for your listening pleasure.

Alright Metallica fans, what do you think their next album is gong to sound like? Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has stated that it will be a “…heavier Black Album” [source]. Does that get you excited or make you smack your forehead and groan aloud?

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  • Metallica is my 2nd favorite band of all time. I own everything from albums to shirts to dvd’s….like Metallica fans, I will say that those first 4 albums from the 80s were flawless…the Black Album was pretty damn good…and then, for awhile, things went down hill. I am not a huge fan of the Load/ReLoad era…but I accept it. St Anger gets picked on far too much…I actually liked it. In 2008, Metallica returned to form with the great album that was Death Magnetic…it was pretty awesome. Sure it’s no Kill, Lightning, Puppets, or Justice, but it was about as good as Black if not better…certainly blew Load, ReLoad, and Anger out of the water.

    I want this new album to be HEAVY….no half heavy, half soft crap. I want THRASH metal…thrash metal is the best genre of metal there is. If it is already being described as a heavier black album…then I am liking what I hear. This album needs to melt faces…big time. The fact that Ulrich is giving a ridiculously far-off release date only builds up expectations. This means more time will probably be put into this thing…the fans certainly don’t wanna wait 2 more years (along with the 4 since Magnetic) for a steaming pile of shit…this album better be good or I will be fucking furious.

    PS – listen to the 4 unreleased Magnetic tracks…they are heavy

    • Jonathan Barkan

      What I love about Metallica is that, in a sense, they really didn’t care what the fans wanted. They did what they needed to do. That’s why there is Load and Reload as well as S&M. St. Anger was also a bit of an experiment for them, albeit one that they admit didn’t have the best result. Still, they went the route that they needed to go because that was their journey. Overall, I very much respect Metallica even if I don’t really some of their material.

  • I definitely agree with you. I certainly do respect the hell out of Metallica for trying something new. That shows that they are a diverse group of musicians. Garage Inc. and S&M were great ways for them to show the other types of music that has influenced and inspired them over the years. Load/ReLoad were not exactly my cup of tea (there were some great songs though) but they decided to dive into a different type of rock and roll music rather than continuing to churn out the same thrash metal they have been doing for the past 5 albums…although some tracks on Black foreshadowed a change in their sound. Death Magnetic was just great because it was heavy, fast, and reminiscent enough of their old work while still being new and relevent. I respect everything they do and I an excited for this new album.

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