During an interview with Spin magazine, Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich recalled the first time he ever listened to Guns N’ Roses debut album ‘Appetite for Destruction’ while flying on an airplane and said ‘I had never heard anything with that kind of attitude.’
As you probably know, ‘Appetite for Destruction‘ was GN’R’s debut studio album and it was released in the summer of 1987 through Geffen Records. The album achieved great commercial success and after Guns N’ Roses’s promotion tour, it ranked No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. It is now known as the best–selling debut album of all time.
While Guns N’ Roses were climbing the ladder of fame, there was another band that had entered the scene some years earlier, Metallica. Metallica released their third album ‘Master of Puppets‘ in 1986 and it was the band’s first album to be certified gold. Thus, around 1987, things were looking pretty good for Metallica too, who had started working on a new album.
In the interview, Lars Ulrich recalled the time when he was on the plane and going through some cassettes he had taken from their record company when at some point he came across ‘Appetite.’ Ulrich said that when the second song of the album ‘It’s So Easy‘ started playing, it blew Ulrich’s head off.
Ulrich recalled that what he liked the most about the album was the powerful energy it had. He said that he had never heard anything ‘with that kind of attitude’ which was reflected both through the lyrics and Axl’s singing style. Ulrich finished his answer by saying that it was very ‘venomous‘ and that it felt ‘so f*cking real and so f*cking angry.’
Here’s what Lars Ulrich said about the time he listened to ‘Appetite For Destruction’ for the first time:
“I was sitting on the airplane going through a bunch of cassettes that I finagled over at our record company, and one of them was ‘Appetite.’ When ‘It’s So Easy,’ the second song, came on, it just blew my fuckin’ head off.
I had never heard anything with that kind of attitude. It wasn’t just what was said – it was the way Axl said it. It was so venomous. It was so fucking real and so fucking angry.”
Click here for the source and you can listen to ‘It’s So Easy‘ below.