Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has admitted the band are only making “glacial” progress with recording their much-anticipated new album. 

In an interview with Classic Rock, Ulrich revealed the band have faced some logistical issues when it comes to writing new music.

“[The progress is] glacial… these are the craziest of times and nothing is letting up,” he said.

“There’s a little bit of movement [in that direction], but it’s hard to do a lot when we’re not together.”

It’s not the first time Ulrich has acknowledged the difficulties of being separated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Back in September, he told NME their plans would change rapidly due to the “state of the world at the moment”.

“Right now, I’d say the hardest thing about all this is trying to plan, because five minutes later, those plans change – that’s just the nature of the state of the world at the moment and we’re going to have to accept and surrender to it,” he said.

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He continued: “I think it’s a good reminder of the fragility of the world and how maybe we should occasionally pause and be a little bit more respectful and appreciative of what we have and understand how quickly it can derail in terms of how we arrogantly expect everything to be the way we wanted as a human race.”

Despite the challenges facing Metallica, Ulrich also recently declared that the new album would be their best yet.

“It’s the heaviest thing, the coolest… but all kidding aside, if it wasn’t because we thought that the best record was still ahead of us, then why keep doing it?” he told Classic Rock.

“In Metallica, we love the creative process, and it’s hard for me to imagine that we’ll ever stop making records.”

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