For fans wondering how long more the wait will be for a new Metallica album, bassist Robert Trujillo has some hope for you. Appearing on this week’s “The Music” podcast ahead of Metallica’s forthcoming Australian stadium tour, Trujillo said that the next studio album will arrive “a lot sooner than the previous two did.”
In the last 16 years, the band has released just three studio albums: 2003’s ‘St Anger,’ 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic,’ and 2016’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.’ Not a prolific output, by any means. However, they’ve also toured extensively during that time, and have released live and other ‘special’ recordings.
Trujillo said that the band has already begun “jamming on new material” while on the road as part of its current “WorldWired” tour. He said, “I’m excited about the next record because I believe it will also be a culmination of the two records and another journey.” He confirmed that the band has already assembled many ideas, saying, “there’s no shortage of original ideas, that’s the beauty of being in this band.”
As for a possible release date for that next album, Trujillo said, “It will come a lot sooner than the previous two did. I think we’ll be able to jump on it a lot quicker and jump in the studio and start working.” The band, as Trujillo believes, is determined to work at a quicker pace. “We’ve all vowed to get this one going sooner than later. We’ve been touring non-stop and 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.”
According to Billboard, ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ was Metallica’s 12th album to sell at least a million copies. In total, the group has sold 58 million albums in the U.S. and during the time that Nielsen Music has tracking stats (since 1991), Metallica owns the overall top-selling album of that span of time: its self-titled 1991 release, with nearly 17 million sold.