Metallica is finally planning on heading back into the studio to follow up their highly successful 2008 album Death Magnetic.
The bands long time guitarist Kirk Hammett recently told Billboard that the band is planning to head back into the studio in a couple of weeks to begin work on their next album.
“We’ve pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we’ve run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now,” Hammett said.
The new Metallica album, whenever it is completed, will be the bands tenth studio album. The bands last album, the Rick Rubin produced Death Magnetic, was a large commercial and critical success. It was certified double platinum and was nominated for five Grammy Awards. The album was considered to a be a big comeback from the previous album St. Anger, which was panned by critics and fans alike. It is unclear if producer Rick Rubin will once again produce for the band or if they will return to long time producer Bob Rock.
Metallica did collaborate with Lou Reed on the album LuLu before his passing late last year. However, the album was a derivative work and was not considered to be successful on any count with Pitchfork Media giving the album a dismal 1.0/10.
The band will be looking to build off of some successful ventures including recently becoming the first band to play on all seven continents after a show in Antarctica, as well as their critically acclaimed concert film Through the Never.
There are no details on exactly how long the band will be in the studio or as to when fans can expect to hear the album, but it will be coming.