Will we finally have a new Metallica album this fall? The German newspaper Bild says so.
The publication reports that the album -- Metallica's 10th studio set and first since 2008's Death Magnetic -- will be out October 14, though neither the band nor its record company have confirmed that date. The group has acknowledged that the album is finished and being mixed with co-producer Greg Fidelman.
Bassist Robert Trujillo, meanwhile, tells us that he and his bandmates are well aware that fans are growing impatient waiting for the long-promised set:
"It's taking a long time for us to get the ball rolling, and we've been on this, we've been nurturing this thing for awhile now. It's feeling really great, and I can't complain. I think the fans'll be happy...We're having a good time, and that's the most important thing, and as long as it's grooving and it's heavy, that's what it does for me."
Metallica currently has one concert on the books, August 20 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.