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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that fans should not "realistically" expect the group's 10th studio album until early 2014, according to Loudwire. Ulrich told Rolling Stone last week that the group would start working on new material in September, but when asked by Vancouver radio station "The Fox" if a new record was "close," Ulrich replied, "I wouldn't use the word 'close.' I mean, obviously, in the context of, say, the age of planet Earth, we're pretty close. But in the context of, say, other things, there may be one or two football seasons, or one or two baseball seasons, or one or two hockey seasons . . . I would say late '13 or early '14. It's difficult to imagine -- I think even late '13 may be a bit optimistic. I would say hopefully we can realistically get a record out probably about a year and half from now, so maybe early '14."
Part of the delay will be due to the band's 3D feature film, for which it will film concert footage on August 24th and 25th at two shows in Vancouver.
The filming will take place on a giant 140-foot-by-50-foot stage that will showcase "colossal components and striking visual elements spanning Metallica's entire 30-year career."
The plot-related sequences of the film, which will be woven in and out of the concert footage, will begin shooting in mid-September.
Ulrich revealed, "The rest of the stuff that goes on outside of the concert is not going to feature members of Metallica in any way, shape or form. It's a split narrative that kind of runs parallel to the concert."
The drummer also revealed last week that the band's New Jersey-based Orion Music + More festival will be back for a second year in 2013.