Metallica will start working on a new album "in a couple of weeks."

Guitarist Kirk Hammett broke the news to Billboard.  Hammett says, "When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it. We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now."

The band has not released a new album since 2008's Death Magnetic.  Since that time, the band released a collaborative album with Lou Reed called Lulu, started a music festival called Orion Music + More, and released a film called Metallica: Through The Never.

Hammett says the delay since the last album is not about having idea for material.  The band has "too many ideas," according to the guitarist.  "James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That's formidable."

Metallica will perform One at the Grammys with pianist Lang Lang.  That will be on January 26, two days before the home video release of Through The Never.