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Metallica's Hardwired…To Self-Destruct drops Nov. 18, eight years after their last LP, Death Magnetic. Speaking to Zack Ruskin for a Billboard cover story written by Gavin Edwards, Metallica's Lars Ulrich explains the reason for the gap. 

"We're busier than we've ever been," Ulrich laughs. "We were on the road for three years, spent a year in the Lou Reed world [with Lulu], we spent about two years on [the 3D movie] Through the Never and then picked this record up and started that."

Ulrich also points out that the band has done a slew of one-off gigs, from playing Lollapalooza to Antarctica. "[Stuff] shows up in the inbox and we go, 'That sounds like it would be pretty fun.' The days of us spending a year just making a record are over for us."

"We're artists," James Hetfield adds. "We get bored and want to try new things."