Metallica frontman James Hetfield has confirmed that the band has completed recording its long-awaited 10th studio album for a late 2016 release. Speaking with NBC Sports recently before Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final in San Jose, Hetfield explained, “We’re mixing it now, so hopefully by fall it’ll be out and hitting people’s ears. We’re super stoked about it. It’s been a long time coming, and, you know, this is what we do. We love playing. And the next album is exactly what it’s supposed to be. So we’re excited about it.”

  • Drummer Lars Ulrich recently said in an interview that June would be the month in which the band will begin deciding on what to call the album and how they plan to release it to the public.
  • The disc will follow up 2008’s “Death Magnetic” and marks the longest gap between studio albums in the band’s 33-year recording history. The band previewed a new song called “The Lords Of Summer” live last year, although there’s no word on whether that song is on the album.
  • In other news, Ulrich recently shot a series of black-and-white images featuring his wife, model Jessica Miller, for a new denim collaboration between Citizens Of Humanity and German e-commerce site MyTheresa.com. The collection launched this week at both sites and prices range from $408 to $536 on items including vests, jackets and jeans.

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INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Dan Maler wrote: “The old metal James would let the music do the talking for him. The new happy millionaire James only talks about emotions and has 0 metal left in him.”

John Jeremy Briggs wrote: “No one cares anymore if they release an album. There really is no point, they need to stop doing albums. They have not had one solid album since 1991.”

Anthony Schächer wrote: “Seems to me that if you can not focus and commit to writing and recording, you end up with an unfocused and poorly written album. These guys live too comfortably now to ever pull off an angst driven album again. Sounds like they are out of ideas.”

Edgar Rorshe wrote: “It’s crazy how money and fame can land you a wife that would never even think about looking at you. Not sure who’s more shallow in the scenario. I’d imagine both are equally delusional in their own justifications.”

Jill Forster wrote: “Cutting the sleeves off of your well-worn $50 denim jacket is totally metal. Paying $400 for the same is pure dumbf**kery.”