Famous producer Bob Rock spoke in the recent interview with Tone Talk and touched upon Metallica’s St. Anger album recordings while talking about the unfamiliar snare-drum sounds.
As you might already know, the drummer of the band, Lars Ulrich, was criticized a lot because of the snare drum sounds in the St. Anger album because it sounds like he was playing with a trash can.
Also, Lars said in the past that he like what he was hearing when he hit the snare drum in the rehearsal and stated that it sang back to him in a beautiful way, even though all the harsh criticism was heading to him.
In the interview, Bob stated that he was not blaming Lars for this kind of sound because they needed inspiration during the recording session, and it kept the band together in the end.
Here is what Bob Rock said:
“We were looking for inspiration, let’s put it this way, because James wasn’t there, so I said, ‘Pull off the drums, the double kick’ because we were fooling around with other drums.
So he set up the drums in the rehearsal room, we were on our way, and Lars just kept staring at the drums.
Finally, he sat behind and said, ‘Just give me a snare drum.’ I had bought a Plexi Ludwig snare because I wanted to try it, and he put it on the drum kit, and he said, ‘That’s the sound.’ And I said, ‘What?..”
“So basically, we did a demo, and I used two 58s, a 58 on the kick drum and a couple of whatever simple mics were around, and we did a demo, and that was the sound, and he just would not go back.
“I’m not blaming him, this was about, basically, if you can wrap around a concept, this was the sound of the drums when they were rehearsing the album, it’s basically the closest to them being in that clubhouse, and no matter what everybody says, it kept the band together, and that inspired them to go on.”
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