Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich admits fans are likely to wait until 2015 for the follow-up to 2008 album Death Magnetic.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett recently said he hoped the new record would appear next year – but Ulrich thinks it won’t happen for another two years.

He tells South Africa’s Channel 24: “It would surprise me if the next full-length record would come out before 2015. It takes us a while to make records, and we’re also so busy with so many other things. But we’ll get around to it eventually.”

The band have been concentrating on their upcoming 3D movie, Through The Never, which has been scheduled for release in Imax cinemas on September 27 in the US, followed by a general release on October 4.

Hammett recently said: “It’s kind of taking precedence over anything else at the moment. We want to make sure it gets our full attention.”