By: Annie Scaramuzzino
With the Orion Festival well on its way, and a 3D concert film set to hit theaters this fall, to say the guys of Metallica are busy would be an understatement.
Unfortunately for fans, though, the band’s hectic schedule may affect the timeliness of their next studio album’s release date.
Although guitarist Kirk Hammett recently told Gulf News that the follow up to 2008’s Death Magnetic was already in the beginning stages and slated for a likely 2014 release, drummer Lars Ulrich now says otherwise.
In an interview with South Africa’s Channel 24, Ulrich stated, “It would surprise me if the next full-length Metallica record would come out before 2015. It takes us a while to make records, and we’re also so busy with so many other things. But we’ll get around to it eventually.”
While it’s disappointing to think that there will be no new Metallica music for another two years, it may be better that the band waits until some of their current projects die down before tackling another record. Hammett admitted that their upcoming concert film Through the Never, set for release on September 27, is currently taking precedence among the band members, telling Gulf News they “want to make sure it gets their full attention.”
We expect that, when it comes time for Metallica to hit the studio, the new album will be getting their full attention as well.
Watch Lars Ulrich’s entire interview with Channel 24 below and check out Metallica.com for more updates on the band.