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Metallica's Lars Ulrich on Next Album: "We'll Get There"

Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageFor a few years now, Metallica fans have been waiting patiently for news about the group's follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic.  Drummer Lars Ulrich says that while he sympathizes with fans, the band isn't going to rush to get the new album out there anytime soon.

"I understand there are people waiting for a new rec­ord, and so are we," he tells Rolling Stone.  "But I can't stress about it.  It's not like, 'F**k, hurry up and get this record out.'  Hurry up for what?  So we can go play gigs?  We already play gigs.  We'll get there."  Ulrich notes that the guys have "nearly 600 song ideas" ready for the upcoming release, which they developed during rehearsals earlier this year.

The next big thing coming up for Metallica will be the band's 3D concert film, Through the Never, which will premiere exclusively at every IMAX theater across North America for a full week starting September 27.  After the flick has its run in the IMAX theaters, it will expand into additional theaters starting October 4.

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