In a conversation with Vulture, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich shared his opinions on the iconic Metallica albums and songs since the beginning of their career and revealed the most undervalued album ever.
As you know, the thrash metal legend Metallica has been working on various projects even though the global spread of coronavirus prevented many musicians and bands to create new music or perform in front of their beloved fans.
Against all the odds, Metallica managed to release a one of a kind show named ‘Pandemica‘ which was streamed drive-in movie theaters around the country as part of the ‘Encore Drive-In Nights’ concert series. The highly-anticipated concert was released on August 29, 2020, which was filmed at Metallica HQ.
Recently, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich joined an interview with Brady Gerber from Vulture and answered questions about the most iconic Metallica albums since the beginning of their career in 1981. During the conversation, Lars shared his personal opinions on the band’s popular songs, including the song he would never want to listen to again. Apparently, the legendary drummer can’t stand ‘Eye Of The Beholder‘ from ‘… And Justice For All’ album.
Furthermore, the interviewer wanted to know which album was the most underrated according to Lars. In his response, Ulrich stated that the question should also include ‘by whom‘ since as a member of the band, he had so many memories of writing and recording all these songs and it was impossible to be objective.
Here’s how Lars Ulrich responded to the question about the most undervalued Metallica album ever:
“The counterquestion to that would be ‘By whom?‘ It’s hard for me to separate the record itself from the process and the time and place of making the record. So much of what I think about a record of ours, I just think about what we were going through, where we were, what my memories are.
It’s hard for me to listen to someone say, ‘Oh, listen to ‘…And Justice for All’ versus listening to Reload.‘ I can’t listen to these records without putting myself in the spaces I was in. What were we doing? What were the moods? What were the daily ups and downs?”
Lars also mentioned that even though the least appreciated records were ‘Load or Reload,’ he still had all the memories that came with these songs while listening to them and continued:
“But if the most underrated records, i.e., the least appreciated records, are Load or Reload, then I would say I’m fine with that because I think those are pretty decent records. When I hear songs from either of those records, I’m pretty happy with what I hear. So that means that if the other stuff sits north of that, then that’s a good bar to have. I’m okay with that. I think the longer answer is, I’m pretty much okay with anything, and anyway people rate any of the things that we’ve done.
St. Anger, maybe, is more of a polarizing record. Some people had a hard time with the sound, the brutality of that record. If you have to kind of put them all into a sound bite: Justice, the album without the bass on it. St. Anger, the album without the snare. All this stuff, I’m very okay with any of that. I’m proud of the fact that if nothing else, all these records represent the vision of the moment. We were protective of that vision and we fulfilled it.”
Additionally, Ulrich mentioned he actually preferred to focus on the future instead of living in the past. Therefore, according to him, the best Metallica album was the next one.
Here’s what Lars Ulrich stated about his opinions on the future of Metallica:
“Then 10 or 20 years later, you can kind of sit back and go ‘Huh?’ or ‘What were we thinking? What was that about? Why did we make that choice?’ or whatever. Generally, I don’t spend a lot of time being analytical. I’m much more interested in what’s calming, and I’m much more interested in the next record or what the possibilities are for the future.
I would say I spend more time in the future, maybe even to a fault, not enough time in the present, and definitely the least amount of time in the past. I even have a standard answer when people go,’ What’s your favorite Metallica?’ Before they finish that question, I would say, ‘The next one.’ If I’m not more excited about the next one, what’s the point of making it?”
Click here to read the entire interview with Lars Ulrich.