Metallica is preparing to hold its second Orion Music + More festival in Detroit on June 8-9, as well as put out a 3D movie in September. But fans are still wondering when they will get a new album from the band, who has not released a proper full length since 2008's Death Magnetic.
"I want it done yesterday," frontman James Hetfield told Billboard about a new opus. However, "[Orion] and this movie is keeping us pretty busy at this point and it's taking a lot of our time and effort. We've been touring some obscure places; I guess basically what we're trying to do is pay for this movie, so the touring is keeping us from getting in there and finishing the record. Right now the focus is on the movie."
Hetfield added that Metallica does have enough material written for a new album, but it is just a matter of when they'll have time to sift through the songs and record them. "We've gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that's on our riffs CDs. We've got enough for an album, we just haven't had enough time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling it into these masterpieces," he said.
As previously reported, the film Metallica Through the Never will be released in IMAX on September 27, and then it will roll into additional theatres in 3D on October 4. The movie mixes Metallica performance footage with a script that stars actor DaneDeHaan as a member of the Metallica crew who has to carry out a mysterious assignment while the band is playing onstage. While the concept sounds really cool, bassist Robert Trujillo promised that it is not taking away from Metallica's work ethic in regards to the new album.
"I can tell you this; the grooves and the riffs that are already on the radar are really, really awesome," he told Billboard. "We've still got more riffs to go through and jam out and throw into the process, but we're getting there, and we'll have something great, hopefully, in the next year."