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Metallica's next album will arrive "a lot sooner than the previous two did," says Robert Trujillo 

ABC/Randy HolmesWhen Metallica's latest album, 2016's Self-Destruct, finally arrived, it had been eight years since the metal legends released its predecessor, 2008's Death Magnetic. And before that, they hadn't released a new album since 2003's St. Anger. Luckily, the next Metallica album won't take that long, if bassist Robert Trujillo is to be believed.

Speaking to Australia's The Music Podcast, Trujillo says the band's next effort "will come a lot sooner than the previous two did."

"This time around, I think we'll be able to jump on it a lot quicker and jump in the studio and start working," he adds.

However, Trujillo explains that, while he and his band mates have "vowed to get this one going sooner than later," they don't have an exact timeline in place.

"How soon? I don't know," Trujillo says. "We've been touring non-stop. 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."

Intriguingly, he adds, "We're gonna be still busy next year."

In the meantime, you can hear a few Metallica classics, including "Orion" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," in the new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac. Lars Ulrich also contributed "thunderous drums" to the film's score.

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