The band want to chill now they've finished their summer tour...

Metallica revealed they are to take a break before beginning work on the follow up to 1999’s ‘S&M LIVE’.

Speaking from the band’s official website [url=], frontman JAMES HETFIELD said: “We are goin’ to try and truly take some FUK-OFF time. Then slowly get in the studio/recording space. One song at a time. Maybe record a few then hit the road for a coupla weeks. We’ll see if this can work for us. Had a damn good time on the road this summer. Was GRRREEAT to get out for a month or two and not burn out.”

The band recently completed their US Summer Sanitarium tour in Kentucky, where guitarist Kirk Hammett wrote: “Here we are in Lexington and we just played our final show of the year. (probably) I hope to see all of you guys soon, after we finish the new album that we are supposed to record sometime next year.


We hope that you can wait as long as us because we want to get back on the road right away. We are going to try and record this album soon. I should say fairly soon because we are not going in to the studio until the springtime. We hope that everyone out there had a good time, all the people that came to see the shows and we see you further down the road.”

Metallica have a couple of songs written according to a spokesperson for the band, although no date for their next effort has been set.

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