The metal titans will look to start work on album number 10 this autumn
In a new interview with Billboard.com, drummer Lars Ulrich says that the band will be looking at recording new material once their summer tour wraps in September, although they are busy working on a new film right now.
"It's been a very full year with trying to launch the festival and get this music project up and running," Ulrich said. "And you're sort of itching... I mean, every time James Hetfield picks up a guitar there's some brilliant riff that comes out of him, and I try to make sure that they're all recorded and try to do my best to keep up with them and try to put some drums behind them. In terms of turning ideas into songs, pretty much when we're done with the movie and with Outside Lands... we're going to basically just concentrate on new music and trying to get another Metallica record will be the priority. I mean, it's an amazing thing, 31 years into a career, to be able to be as busy as we are and for people to give a s***."
The band's new movie will be filmed in 3D. Ulrich says that it's more than a concert film, but says that fans shouldn't expect Metallica's own Song Remains The Same.
"Yeah, I've got my horse and my sword and my battle armor," Lars Ulrich quipped to Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters to talk about Metallica's upcoming appearance at the Outside Lands Festival on Aug. 11 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. "Not quite that, but the are stranger references than 'The Song Remains the Same.' I certainly don't mean to be disrespectful in that way; I have nothing but love for Led Zeppelin and 'The Song Remains the Same.' (The film) is a narrative, and the rest of the stuff that goes on outside of the concert is not going to feature members of Metallica...in any way, shape or form. It's a split narrative that kind of runs parallel to the concert."
Filming of the band in concert is due to be completed in Vancouver in August, with a few more weeks of filming due to take place after that. The movie is expected to be released later in 2013.