Lars Ulrich has revealed that the long-awaited follow-up to Metallica‘s 2008 album ‘Death Magnetic’ is “almost ready.”
Metallica will re-release their first two albums, ‘Kill Em All’ and ‘Ride The Lightning’, as deluxe box sets as part of Record Store Day 2016, but Ulrich’s new comments, made in an interview with Rolling Stone, suggest their 10th studio album might not be far behind.
“I’d say it’s mostly done,” Ulrich said. “There are all these other responsibilities that have to be taken care of. Life in Metallica these days is not only about making a record; it’s about these things and we played a show at AT&T Park and he does this, I do this. We have all these sort of different things that we turn to. But the record gets worked on where there’s absolutely nothing else going on.”
He added “the record is well on its way. It may come out any century now, actually. There’s a saying: where there’s life, there’s hope.”
Meanwhile, the band’s ‘Master Of Puppets’ album has been preserved in the US Library of Congress.
Each year, the government-run library preserves 25 recordings that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and are at least a decade old.
‘Master of Puppets’, considered by many to be the band’s masterpiece, was released in 1986.
“It shows the group moving away from its thrash metal history and reputation and exploring new ideas,” the Library of Congress said in a statement.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said the band were “humbled” by the honour. ”Who would’ve ever thought that ‘Master of Puppets’, a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the Registry of the Library of Congress?” he said.