A new Metallica album is slowly coming together and could arrive sooner than you think.  According to drummer Lars Ulrich, the metal veterans will enter the studio in March or April to begin work on the follow up to 2008's Death Magnetic.

Speaking to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, which Blabbermouth kindly translated, Ulrich says there is no tension within the group like there was in the past.

"There's a really good vibe in the band at the moment. In the past, we would be fed up with Metallica whenever we returned home after a gigantic world tour, but this time it's different.  Therefore it won't be that long before we start working on a new album.  I think that we'll probably already get the creative process going in March or April and go into the studio.  We really want to get back to Metallica quickly because we are enjoying it so much right now."

This is pretty surprising considering that they've just finished a 2-year long world tour, which included 215 shows in 45 countries, and will play a few gigs again starting in April.  But with age comes maturity and Metallica have found a way to keep things balanced and learn from past mistakes in the wake of their 30th anniversary.

"It helps our relationships that we've all got families and children and they all get along with each other.  We really f_____ like each other at the moment.  There were a few years when things were really bad.  We never really got to talk to each other; we would just grab a bottle of vodka and go out looking for girls. That meant that we weren't sharing our feelings with each other."

"Today we talk a lot about our children and our families. And the fact that we have something to talk about other than tonight's setlist is or if someone made a mistake during yesterday's show makes a big difference.  In the last five or six years, we've found out where our limits are and we've made some rules regarding Metallica .  That's been necessary in order to make sure the entire thing doesn't collapse."

Ulrich continues that he takes pride in the fact that Metallica are still relevant after three decades.

"When I look back, what I'm most proud of is that we've actually survived, that we've lived through the last 30 years and come out of it relatively unscathed and that we are now able to function as a unit, as people and as fathers.  We found solutions to the problems that we've had instead of letting internal squabbles destroy the band, which, for instance, happened to our friends in Guns N' Roses."

Maybe Axl, Slash and the rest of the original G-N-R lineup should take notes.

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