One might think that after all of the hard work that Metallica has put into their upcoming concert film, Metallica: Through the Never, the band would want to take a break.
However, the film seems to have had the opposite effect on the heavy metal rockers, who are teasing that a new album is next on their to-do list.
During a press conference following the Through the Never premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the fact that Metallica sometimes needs to work on projects outside of the studio in order to get them reenergized to do what they do best: make music.
“Between ‘Some Kind of Monster’ [Metallica’s 2004 documentary] and this, those are two pretty cool bookends — two opposite ends of the spectrum. Every time we do this it’s a hell of a ride,” Ulrich explained. “But you have to understand, getting a chance to do all these challenges and adventures really fuels us to go back into the studio and make hopefully a better album.”
The drummer then continued, “Metallica, I think, increasingly depends on these types of things to feel challenged as artists. So making films is great and it certainly gets us out of our comfort zone, so when we get back to the studio we just feel more inspired and more invigorated.”
Reaffirming these statements, bassist Robert Trujillo recently said in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine that a follow-up to Metallica’s 2008 LP Death Magnetic can be expected "in the next year or so."
Meanwhile, fans are just days away from being able to lay their eyes on Metallica: Through the Never, which hits IMAX theaters on September 27 and theaters everywhere on October 4.
Check out Metallica’s entire press conference from the Toronto International Film Festival below, and head to Metallica.com for more updates!
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