July 6, 2016 - 16:38 AMT
Metallica's much anticipated new album release date set

Metallica’s new album is fast approaching - and, according to a German newspaper, the exact release date could finally be here, Gigwise said.

Back in April, the band’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, confirmed that the band’s first album in 8 years - the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic - was “pretty close.”

Now, according to German newspaper Bild, the band have settled on a release date of 14 October.

Speaking to Citizens Of Humanity magazine recently, Ulrich addressed the long gap between albums. "I think what's happened is our families and our domestic responsibilities are so important to us now,” he said, “so we just have a new model.”

He continued, “We're sort of constantly doing something but never to the point of the needle going in the red, but Metallica really hasn't sort of shut down since around 2005, and it's a model that works for us.”