Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a new interview with South African news outlet Channel 24 that he doesn't expect the band's next album to come out next year, explaining, "It would surprise me if the next full-length Metallica record would come out before 2015. It takes us a while to make records, and we're also so busy with so many other things. But we'll get around to it eventually."

Ulrich also told Channel 24 that having children all around the same time helped give the members of Metallica a different outlook on priorities. He said, "I think some of the things about the way you relate to your children and put your children first, you learn to, kind of, put your own needs secondary. And I think the fact that we all had kids at the same time helped instill that in us. And so you try to, sort of, sometimes just put your own needs second and learn to trust that you can go with somebody else's thought and opinion."
Metallica's last studio album, Death Magnetic, arrived in 2008, although the group did issue four tracks left over from those sessions at the end of 2011.