Metallica Won't Release New Album Until 2015?

MTV News caught up with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett at last weekend's Orion Music + More festival in Detroit and learned that while the band is writing material for a new album, fans can not realistically expect it to be release until 2015.

"We do have a lot of musical ideas, we have something called 'the Riff Bank,' and the Riff Bank keeps getting bigger and bigger, still, to this day," Hammett said. "I'm writing stuff, Rob's writing stuff, James is writing stuff, Lars is writing stuff, continually expanding the Riff Bank.

"So, it doesn't look like we're going to be putting out an album any time soon this year, it would be an amazing stroke of luck and grace if our album came out next year.

But then he added "I think it's a more sober statement to say that the album will probably come out in 2015. That's a sober, realistic thing ... but we're psyched about it."

As for what he expects the new album to sound like, he said, "It's too early in the game to tell you it will sound like Death Magnetic. We have a lot of ideas but no actual finished songs, so it's hard for me to give you an accurate description. But we're looking forward to making it as heavy and as high-energy as possible, because that's what we want." Check out the MTV interview here.

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