Metallica promise guitar solos on new album

Drummer Lars Ulrich gives first insight into band's new material

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Metallica[/a]'s new material is sounding "heavy", "energetic" and "crazy" according to drummer Lars Ulrich.

The group, who are planning to release the follow up to their last album 'Death Magnetic' in 2014, are working on new songs in the studio at the moment with Ulrich giving Metal Hammer the lowdown on what to expect. "The stuff that we were banging out yesterday, it felt heavy, it felt energetic, it was loud, it was fast, it was rocking, it was crazy," he said, adding: ''The snare drum was on there and there were guitar solos, in case anybody was wondering.''

Revealing more details about the album, Ulrich added: ''What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation of where we left off four years ago.'' However, there is less certainty over the role producer Rick Rubin will play on the album, with Ulrich only able to say: ''I love Rick, we all love Rick. We're in touch with Rick constantly. We'll see where it goes.''

Metallica, who recently released live DVD Quebec Magnetic, previously revealed they have set up their own record label. In a statement published on their website, the iconic metallers announced that they have now set up Blackened Recordings and have taken ownership of all of their master recordings, including every current album and video they have recorded. They will also release all future recordings under the label.

The move signals the end of their 28-year relationship with Warner Music Group. Speaking about the decision in a statement, the band said: "You may have heard us say it once or twice or a thousand times before, but it's always been about us taking control of all things."

Metallica last released an album in 2011 when they teamed up with Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground on 'Lulu'.

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