Yesterday, news broke that Metallica will release their first non-major label release, a DVD/blu-ray called Quebec Magnetic, via their own label on Dec. 10. Now, the mighty metallers are putting their sights towards the next big step in Metallica’s trajectory: a new full-length album.

According to guitarist Kirk Hammett, Metallica are planning to head into the studio “in the next couple of months” to start work on their next studio release.

“We just filmed a 3D movie up in Vancouver. That’s been at the forefront of our attention right now,” Hammett told Loudwire. “…Once that particular project kind of dies down and we complete what we need to do with that, then we’re going to start writing songs. We’re going to meet up and start throwing ideas together. That should be really, really interesting. I'm really looking forward to that.”

Hammett added that the guys have tons of ideas for the new album rattling around in their heads. “What's not going to be so fun is going through all the musical ideas that we have,” he said. “I’m not really good at editing myself because I think it’s all good. To be more thorough on that, though, I foresee us starting to get together fairly soon, like in the next couple of months. We’ll start hammering away on it.”