Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has given a timeline for the follow up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. Unfortunately it may take longer then fans would like.
The metal act have released just one album since 2003’s St Anger, and Hammett’s timeline for the next studio recording suggests that the follow-up might be over a year away yet.
Talking to 103.3 The Edge WEDG-FM, Hammett said:
“Well, you know, we’re moving forward. We’re hoping that the album will be released next year. It’s pretty much more along the same lines as ‘Death Magnetic’ — kind of like that direction. And, you know, we’ll see.”
“We’re into it”, he continues. “I don’t wanna say that we’re a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, ’cause anything could happen that’ll just change that number. But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017.”
Hammett also spoke about the future, and how long Metallica will keep going, saying:
“We’re all getting up there, but we still have drive, we still have energy, we’re still inspired, we still have things that we wanna do. You know, mentally, emotionally… I mean, I think that we’re not done yet. And if people like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can do it into their seventies, why can’t we?”