The band have been touring steadily since Death Magnetic's release, but drummer Lars Ulrich thinks the group will be focusing on new music once they do their last show of 2010 on November 21 in Australia. Speaking with The Pulse of Radio, Ulrich said, "There's a bunch of balls in the air for 2011, but I think the main one is we really want to get back to writing again. We haven't really written since, what, '06, '07, and we want to get back to kind of just being creative again. Right now we are going to just chill out and then probably start up again in, I'd say, March or April, and start probably putting the creative cap back on and start writing some songs."
Metallica fans have gotten used to long gaps between records, especially of late: In the last 14 years, the group have only put out four studio albums -- and one of those, 1997's ReLoad, was culled from sessions from the band's previous effort, Load. With Death Magnetic considered a creative rebirth for a band that had lost much credibility with those who felt they had lost their edge, Metallica are in a position to solidify their comeback with another strong effort.
But as Ulrich mentions, Metallica do have other commitments in the new year, including a proposed tour with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer, the other members of the so-called "Big Four" of metal. There's even a chance the tour could come to the U.S., once thought an impossibility due to Metallica's refusal to go on the road with Megadeth in the States because of enduring tensions between Metallica and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. So 2011 could be a highlight year for Metallica's U.S. fans: a new album and a long-anticipated tour of four of the genre's most legendary bands.
More Rock Albums Coming in 2011:
- New U2 album expected by May
- R.E.M. plotting spring release
- Queens of the Stone Age shooting for 2011 release
- Red Hot Chili Peppers preparing new record for summer
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