With a 3D film and a new album in the works, Metallica may not be able to spend a huge amount of time on the road this year. Given that thought, the announcement that the band will headline Japan's Summer Sonic Festival in August makes that ticket much more valuable.

The group will headline at Tokyo's QVC Marine Field on Aug. 10, then turn around and finish things out at Osaka's Maishima Summer Sonic site the following night (Aug. 11). In addition to Metallica, top concert draw Muse and the reunited Stone Roses have also been confirmed for the event.

Aside from Summer Sonic, Metallica will kick off 2013 with dates as part of Australia's traveling Soundwave festival running Feb. 23 through March 4. They've also booked a pair of shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa in April. In addition, Metallica have announced plans to bring back their Orion Music + More Festival for a two-night stand in June, this time located in the Detroit area. Their current final headlining appearance of the year comes Sept. 19 at the Rock in Rio festival.

Though Metallica are working on new music, there's not a high probability of any new material appearing during the band's shows this year. The group has already stated that a 2014 release is more likely for their next disc.