In a conference call with reporters this week, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said that the band members have been busy with other projects, including their 3D narrative film. He did, however, acknowledge that he was "itching" to get back to recording. "[E]very time James Hetfield picks up a guitar there's some brilliant riff that comes out of him," Ulrich said, "and I try to make sure that they're all recorded and try to do my best to keep up with them and try to put some drums behind them."
But as Billboard reports, Metallica can't just start working right now; they've got to film their movie, which Ulrich thinks will end in September. That's led some news outlets to suggest that the band will head into the studio right after, but that may be a bit optimistic. Billboard writes that Ulrich "says the group hasn't yet nailed down plans to start recording" a new album. That doesn't mean that a September trip to the studio isn't possible, but don't be surprised if it ends up being later than that. But, hey, Metallica fans have learned to be patient.
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