Megadeth bass player David Ellefson spoke in an interview by ABC Radio and praised Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

He likened Lars to Apple’s founder Steve Job. Here’s the statement:

He’s the Steve Jobs of thrash metal. He’s the guy who really had the vision for so much of this genre.

When he put Metallica together – they really single-handedly carved this huge, wide swath for all of us to be able to follow in.

He also revealed Dave Mustaine’s biggest motivation to play faster and heavier. The motivation came from a fan letter:

“It said, ‘Dave, I can’t wait to hear your new band, I hope your new shit’s faster than Metallica.‘ And that one letter changed the course of Megadeth forever.”

Click here to entire interview.