Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a new interview with Metal Forces that June will be a decisive month for the band’s long-awaited 10th studio album. Ulrich revealed, “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. 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.”

  • Ulrich cautioned fans, however, that he is not sure if it will actually be released this year. He explained, “If the record doesn’t come out this year then it won’t be because it’s not done. 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.”
  • The group has been recording at Metallica HQ in San Rafael, California with Greg Fidelman, who was the engineer on the band’s last studio album, 2008’sDeath Magnetic.
  • The band has one live date on its schedule at the moment, at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 20th.

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica frontman James Hetfield joined Corrosion Of Conformity on stage Sunday night (May 29th) at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California to perform the song “Seven Days,” which appeared on C.O.C.’s 1994 album Deliverance. Watch below:

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo‘s son Tye Trujillo is following in the footsteps of his father, playing bass in a band called The Helmets. The band performed at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California, with Robert himself joining them onstage. Watch below: