With the impending release of their collaborative album with Lou Reed, ‘Lulu,’ on Nov. 1, bassist Robert Trujillo talks about the workings of a new Metallica studio album, as well as their first show in the Middle East in a new interview.

"We've been busy writing and recording," Trujillo tells gulfnews.com. "We've got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun.”

He continues, “We've been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be recording during the most of next year. We've got a lot of work ahead of us. But the great thing is that we have sort of already jumped off the launch pad and we're swimming. It's happening. It's reality. It's a lot of fun, there are a lot of ideas, and we're really excited about the new record.”

The upcoming disc will be Metallica's first album since 2008's ‘Death Magnetic.’ “For me, personally, Death Magnetic was the launch pad for the next record. This is the beginning of something very, very cool.”

Trujillo also talks about the band’s first tour in the Arab world. “This is a whole new adventure for us. Within a tour cycle, we usually play for a couple of years, and usually play a lot of the same venues in Europe and the U.S. This [show] is great, because we have never been to the Emirates, and we've never been to India [where Metallica are heading to after Abu Dhabi].”

“We know that there are a lot of fans there who have never seen Metallica live before” adds Trujillo.