Lars Ulrich, the drummer and co-founder of Metallica, has talked about the common thread and the unfaltering attitude of the band within the community in almost 40 years now.
Ulrich has given an interview to The Eddie Trunk Podcast in the previous days. During the conversation, he has evaluated nearly 40 years of music past of Metallica and explained how they made up a decision when forming an identity of the band.
He said that they have gone through so many different phases, so many periods and different moods, but, they always stick to the one thread, that is acting according to what was true to the moment for them.
Lars Ulrich added that, as a band, they never force themselves to satisfy the people and that every era has always been a reflection of what was their truth at the time. He ended up his words by admitting that he is proud of the past, yet, he likes to say that Metallica’s best years are still ahead of them.
Here is what Lars Ulrich said during the recent interview:
“Almost 40 years of so many different phases, so many different periods and different moods…
I guess that one thread that kind of goes through all of it when I think about it – that one common thread, whether it’s this era or that era or these couple of records, long hair, short hair, this or that or whatever is…
We’ve always put out and written whatever was true to the moment for us at any given time.
It’s never been about, ‘We’ve got to force ourselves to satisfy these people,’ or, ‘The last record was this way, so now the next record we got to make sure and cover these bases.’ There has never been that kind of thought or that kind of purpose behind it.”
“Every record, every song, every era has always been a reflection of what was our truth at the time, and of course, you can sit 15 years later and go, ‘Hey, what’s up with the snare drum on [2003’s] ‘St. Anger’? What were you thinking?’
Or, ‘Where is the bass on the  ‘Justice‘ album?’ or any of these questions that the whole community engages – including ourselves, obviously.
But at the time when those decisions were made, they were truthful to the moment, and they were instinctive, and it was the right thing to do at that time.
And I guess ultimately when I look back on Metallica – even though as you know, I still like to say that our best years are still ahead of us – but when I look back on coming up on 40 years, that’s I guess ultimately what I’m the proudest of – that we’ve always adhered to the truth and the instinctive mood and energy of that particular moment.”
You can check out the interview here.