Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says new album will ‘most likely’ arrive in 2016

Progress is slow on the follow up to 2008's Death Magnetic

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has given a timeline for the follow up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, but it’s an imprecise one that might have fans feeling impatient.

The metal act have released just one album since 2003’s St Anger, and Hammett’s timeline for the next studio recording suggests that the follow-up might be over a year away yet.

Talking to 103.3 The Edge WEDG-FM, Hammett said:

“Well, you know, we’re moving forward. We’re hoping that the album will be released next year. It’s pretty much more along the same lines as ‘Death Magnetic’ — kind of like that direction. And, you know, we’ll see.”

“We’re into it”, he continues. “I don’t wanna say that we’re a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, ’cause anything could happen that’ll just change that number. But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017.”

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Hammett also spoke about the future, and how long Metallica will keep going, saying:

“We’re all getting up there, but we still have drive, we still have energy, we’re still inspired, we still have things that we wanna do. You know, mentally, emotionally… I mean, I think that we’re not done yet. And if people like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can do it into their seventies, why can’t we?”

Around a month ago, James Hetfield confirmed the band were working on a new album.

The band also recently confirmed that four shows from the 2014 ‘By Request’ tour will be released as part of a sixteen disc live vinyl release. The gigs – shows in Montreal, Bogota, Helsinki and Istanbul – were selected for release by Metallica’s fans. The sixteen disc set is limited to just 500 copies, and will be released at the end of November, following a pre-order option.