Metallica is on track to finish their tenth studio album this summer, but that doesn’t mean fans will necessarily hear the music this year. Speaking to Metal Forces magazine, Ulrich said the as-yet-untitled album the group has been recording at Metallica HQ in San Rafael, California, with producer Greg Fidelman — who engineered their last album, 2008’s Death Magnetic — is nearing completion.
“We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe,” Ulrich said. “The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.” A spokesperson for Metallica could not be reached for comment at press time to confirm Ulrich’s comments.
“Greg Fidelman is 24/7 on this record and has been since last summer,” Ulrich added. “He’s doing an insanely great job and has been putting his heart and soul in it pretty much every waking moment of his life in helping us engineer and produce this record.” And while Ulrich would like to think the album will be released this year, he said he can’t promise a 2016 debut.
“If the record doesn’t come out this year then it won’t be because it’s not done,” he said. “It will be because there’s some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer.”