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Metallica previews new music from inside the studio

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Metallica recently confirmed they’re working on a new album, and the band has now shared footage from inside the studio. In an exclusive clip for Metallica’s new website, drummer Lars Ulrich thanked fans and the band’s development team before heading indoors to offer a fleeting taste of fresh music.

“There’s a recording in progress, so just say hello real quick,” Ulrich says as he taps frontman James Hetfield on the shoulder in the studio. Hetfield launches into a characteristically heavy riff before Ulrich ducks out and promises that “lots more of all this type of fun and games” will come soon.

Hetfield confirmed in October that Metallica is at work on its tenth studio album. “I tell ya, we’re recording right now, and there’s the number one guitar, there’s the number two guitar, there’s the number three,” he said in a video interview with EMG. “And the third-track guitars that just sound different. They all sound different.”

The still-untitled project will be first from the metal group since 2008’s Death Magnetic. Metallica also released a collaborative album named Lulu with Lou Reed in 2011.

Earlier this year, Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett jolted the Metallica rumor mill when both suggested the band was working on new music. “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them,” Ulrich told Rolling Stone in March. “It’s pretty close.” Hammett scaled back expectations slightly in April when he told Billboard that the band is maybe at “the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point” with the album.

Metallica headlined multiple festivals in 2015 including Lollapalooza, Leeds, and Reading. The group also got the comic book treatment in July.