Lars Ulrich has said the next Metallica album will be their best and heaviest album yet and that’s the type of bold claim we love to hear. 

In a new interview with Classic Rock, the band’s drummer promised that their follow-up to 2016’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct will be the best album that they’ve ever produced.

“It’s the heaviest thing, the coolest,” Ulrich said. “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 added: “In Metallica, we love the creative process, and it’s hard for me to imagine that we’ll ever stop making records.”

Just like when Tom Morello recently claimed that he initially envisioned Audioslave being more political than Rage Against the Machine, Ulrich’s statement is an ambitious one considering the quality of previous Metallica albums in their back catalogue.

The upcoming album will be their 11th, testament to their longevity in metal. Their 21st century output hasn’t been unanimously well-received either, so Ulrich will be hoping that this record will be the one to fully win acclaim. Whatever happens though, Metallica’s album will be one of 2021’s most intriguing releases.

In a recent interview with NME, Lars Ulrich discussed the perils of trying to prepare a new release during a worldwide pandemic. “Right now, I’d say the hardest thing about all this is trying to plan,” he explained, “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.

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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 way we wanted as a human race.”

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