Metallica's first studio album in five years is due early this year but sources reported that it has been delayed again. The ninth album which is yet-untitled was slated to hit the stores in February but it was postponed to April before moved further back to September.
Stereowarning.com reported that the band are still in the studio working on the album, thus the possibility to release the effort in April is quite thin. In a December 2007 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, frontman Lars Ulrich said that the only thing left for them to do were overdubs and James Hetfield's vocals.
In response to the delay report, the band's rep announced on The Pulse of Radio that the album is not necessarily "delayed" because there has been no date set for it at the first place. When asked on when the date is going to be, the rep said, "It will be out when it's ready."
In the meantime, the band have laid out a seven dates tour in Europe which is dubbed 'European Vacation' tour. The jaunt will start May 28 in Chorzow, PL and more dates are expected to be announced on the band's official site.