Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke in an interview with Music Week and revealed why does not Metallica release a new album every year.

He stated:

“What I was attempting to say is that in the somewhat conservative corners of the hard rock world there is a desire to have the bands put out the same record every couple of years, with the same sleeve, the same creative approach and be predictable.

I’ve always said that’s not the band that we’re interested in being. We’ve fought against that for over three decades. We’ve always stood very hard against being pigeon-holed. We really like doing things our way.”

He continued:

For the first 25 years of the band it was the band first and the individual members and needs second. Somewhere along the way that model got flipped and it became the individual members and their needs first and then the band second.

When that happened the whole thing loosened up a little bit and became a healthier unit. We spend what I would call, and what I can sense from being around our peers, an unusual amount of time, resources and energy on the well-being of the band.”

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