It's not a secret that Metallica has been working on a new album during COVID. James Hetfield recently said he's been writing a lot recently, while Kirk Hammett added he has about 600 ideas for new music. Now Lars Ulrich is chiming in via na interview with NME, saying that band might record some new music this fall.
"I'm not sure — it's not easy, but we've been doing what we can. We've been exchanging ideas back and forth.
"The hardest thing about being in four different spaces is that there's no software that can have us all play in real time to reach other. So I can play something and send it to the next guy and then he can play on it and he can send it to the next guy, or vice versa, but we can't play at the same time so it takes the impulsivity and the momentary energy out of the occasion.
"I've talked to some people in technology about how close we are to being able to all play in real time with each other, but that hasn't been cracked yet," he continued. "If it is, we'll maximize it, but for now, we're in this bubble for a couple of weeks, and we're looking forward to seeing if at some point this fall, we can get back into another bubble where we write and play and maybe even record — so we're looking forward to the possibilities on that one."
In the past, bassist Robert Trujillo made it pretty clear in the past that Metallica isn’t interested in waiting another six years between records (like between 2008’s St. Anger and 2016’s Hardwired to Self Destruct). So I guess it’s looking pretty good that we’ll be getting a new Metallica album in the sorta-near future.