Lars Ulrich has revealed Metallica are on track to release their long awaited follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’ before the end of the year.
The band’s stickman was speaking to Rolling Stone when he confirmed the band have already dedicated nine months to the new record and things are now ‘quite far along.’
"I think it will be a pretty in-your-face year, at least the back half of it," Ulrich reveals.
"Obviously, we've gotta finish the new record now. But thankfully we're quite far along. Hopefully we should be able to knock that on the head this spring, I would guess. So we will be gearing up and playing shows and doing all that fun stuff again soon.”
The metal giants have reportedly wrapped up more than 20-tracks, as revealed by guitarist Kirk Hammett.
It is a busy spell for the legendary band who are preparing to unveil a series of deluxe reissues of their first two albums for Record Store Day.
Both their debut Kill ‘Em All (1983) and the follow-up Ride The Lightning (1984) have been given a modern makeover. They have also been working with author Matt Taylor on his book Back To The Front which covers the making of 1986's Master of Puppets.
All in all it has been a whirlwind period for Metallica as Ulrich confesses.
“We've had one foot in the past, sifting through old photos and old memorabilia and listening to old songs, and another in the new album,” says the drummer.
“It's been a confluence of all these different energies, and I'm not even sure exactly what to make of all of it."