Although the metal legends just released footage of them playing a new song live entitled "Lords of Summer" down in South America, a recent interview with drummer Lars Ulrich brought up the fact that the album probably won't be recorded until next year.

Obviously, we've all been sitting around waiting for new Metallica, and although the new tribute to Ronnie James Dio "Ronnie Rising" is a hellaciously wicked, nine-minute medley of metal, we still want more.

Sorry, folks.

It'll be at least until after the turn of the new year when we'll see some real chances at a new album in our hands. It's a sad fact, but hey, at least there's something good about next year already.

Stay tuned for more updates.