Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was interviewed by Apple Music‘s Beats 1 radio DJ Zane Lowe. He explains why Metallica waited 8 years to make a new album.

He said:

“I’m talking to you from Bogota, Colombia, and we’re out here, we’re playing some shows and we’re doing a lot of interviews. We were up in Mexico City the other day for a full day of interviews, abd everybody’s, like, ‘Eight years. What have you been doing?’ it’s, like, ‘Excuse me?’ We’ve been busier in the last eight years than we ever have in our lives. Sometimes I kind of go, ‘Wait a minute.’ We spent three years touringDeath Magnetic”, we put two incredibly hard years into making of the “Through The Never” movie project, we did the whole dance with Lou Reed, and we’ve played every single festival on this planet multiple times in the last eight years, we’ve been to continents that are primarily inhabited by penguins. So it’s been a pretty busy eight years. And we’ve managed to record a record. [Laughs]”

In addiction, he said:

“You can probably throw this back in my face eight years from now, but I will go out on a limb here and say that it’s been such a good experience to do this record and the whole vibe of getting these songs [together], I hereby officially predict — or ‘hope,’ maybe would be a better word — that it’s not gonna [take us] another eight years [to release] another record. So there you go. I said it. Okay, throw it back at me eight years from now.

You can listen to all interview, if you click here. Metallica will release their new album “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” on November 18.