In a recent interview Kirk (guitarist) mentioned a new album would be underway "in a couple of weeks."
"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."
In the mean time 'Through The Never' is set to be released and you can Look for various formats and a digital release on January 28, 2014.
Metallica will also be playing at Sonisphere this year, Where they have decided to let their fans create the playlist by introducing 'Metallica by request'. You can find out more about Sonisphere here.