"The Lords of Summer," the new song Metallica debuted on Sunday (March 16) in Bogata, Columbia, is "fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now," according to drummer Lars Ulrich.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine before the group's South American tour, Ulrich said the new song Metallica would play should be considered "one of those things that's like, 'Here, we're writing and we're creating...Who knows what's going to happen with this stuff. But we are off and running and have been creating away in the studio, and now we're going to go out and play and sweat and share and we've got some new music that we want to throw everybody's way."
Ulrich also held out the possibility that Metallica would play more new material during its dates in South America and Europe. He did not indicate how far along the group was in making its follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic," but guitarist Kirk Hammett told us earlier this year there's no shortage of ideas for new material in the Metallica camp:
"We're a band that never has a shortage of ideas. You hear about these bands, like, they're sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs. What are they gonna do?! That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite; we have too many ideas -- 'Which ones are we gonna use?!' that's how it stands with us...James (Hetfield) has some, like, 800 ideas. I have 400, y'know, and just those numbers alone are just, like, crazy."
Metallica is in South America through March 30 in Argentina and has a European run beginning May 28 at the Sonisphere Festival in Finland. Meanwhile, the group has announced that it will perform at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert honoring Ozzy Osbourne on May 12 in Los Angeles.