Metallica’s Lars Ulrich says band’s new album is ‘pretty close’ to being written

Ulrich said the band are 'writing pretty much every day'

Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band’s new album is “pretty close” to being written and said that they’re aiming to play new tracks at their upcoming summer shows.

Ulrich said Metallica have written almost 20 new songs for the album, which will be the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’. “We are fucking it in. We’ve got lots of songs and we’re hoaning and tweaking them,” he told Rolling Stone. When asked whether fans could expect to hear the new songs during the group’s upcoming performances – which includes a headline slot at Reading and Leeds Festival – Ulrich said: “I hope so. Absolutely.”

Ulrich added that Metallica are planning on trying some new things with the album, but that it won’t be a surprise release. “Right now, it’s not like we’re going to do one of those things where we’ll just give it to iTunes on Thursday without telling anybody,” he said. “That’s not in the cards.”

He continued: “This is still ‘Metallica time.’ When I say we’re close to being done, it means the next month or so. There’s a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events…. But we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day.”

Metallica released their latest single ‘Lords Of Summer’ Last year. Earlier this week, the band announced plans to release an early demo on cassette as part of this year’s Record Store Day. The release of ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’ will be the first of a series of Metallica reissues.