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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield of Metallica perform at I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell at the Forum on January 16, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Eight years passed between the release of the last two Metallica studio albums: 2008’s Death Magnetic and 2016’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. Fortunately, the next album from the metal icons won’t see a similar stretch of time pass.

At least that’s what bassist Robert Trujillo said in a recent chat with The Music Podcast where he said, “It will come a lot sooner than the previous two did… this time around I think we’ll be able to jump on it a lot quicker and jump in the studio and start working…We’re all vowed to get this one going sooner than later. Now, how soon? I don’t know. We’ve been touring non-stop. It’s been over two years now. At some point, sure, we’ll need to take a little bit of a break. It’s sort of the right thing for us to do because we’ve been going so hard…We’re gonna be still busy next year.”

Metallica just wrapped a run of U.S. tour dates last night (March 13) in Grand Rapids, Mich. They’ll have a month and a half off before they head to Europe for a series of dates beginning in May through August, with stretches of time off peppered throughout those four months.

While Trujillo didn’t indicate any release date on the horizon, he did say he was, “…excited about the next record because I believe it will also be a culmination of the two records [Death Magnetic and Hardwired…to Self-Destruct] and another journey. There’s no shortage of original ideas, that’s the beauty of being in this band.”

I guess there nothing else to do but crack open an Enter Night and just wait. Maybe we’ll pour some Blackened Whiskey to help the time go by faster, too.


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.