Metallica have been very busy in recent months, and their prolific output shows no sign of easing up, according to an interview in Billboard.
In that interview, guitarist Kirk Hammett confirmed that the band are about to start work on a new studio album, the first since 2008's 'Death Magnetic'.
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Hammett commented: "When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it. We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now."
Some projects already lined up for 2014 include an appearance at the Grammys with extraordinary pianist Lang Lang, European dates incuding a headline slot at Sonisphere and Hammet's own FEAR FestEvil , his first annual horror convention to be held in San Francisco in February.
This month also sees the release of the DVD and Blu-ray of the acclaimed film 'Metallica Through The Never'.
Thankfully all of this output has not dried up any of the creative juices, as Kirk confirms: "We have too many ideas. James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those numbers alone are just crazy. That's formidable."
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