Sounds like we won't be able to get Metallica out of our face at the end of this year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich has teased a huge 2016 for the band, including the completion of their upcoming 10th studio album:
"I think it will be a pretty in-your-face year, at least the back half of it. 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."
Metallica don't have anything official planned for this year—they started off 2016 by playing a pre-Super Bowl party—but they're working on finishing up the new record. It's been eight years since Death Magnetic, and apparently they have 20 songs in the works, having teased a few riffs to fans in November. The album sessions are "young and spunky and vibrant," Ulrich added to RS. He went on:
"What am I, 52? So I'm usually taking care of my kids, being a husband, hanging out with my friends, doing my thing and making a record, all this type of stuff. It's awesome to feel my age. But when the four of us are together, it's like the median age of all of us just drops and drops."
Even after nine studio albums under their collective belt, Ulrich said that the band is still learning. "I still think that we feel kind of young and like we have something left to prove. We're still sort of trying to figure it all out."