In a recent interview with Polar Music, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo spoke about the importance of the groove factor in Metallica. He said:

I’ll go back to Jaco Pastorius, ’cause it was always about the groove. No matter what he was playing, whether it was a ballad or a bebop song or something really funky, there was always the groove. And it’s the same with Metallica.

I always say James Hetfield is one of the best drummers in the world, on his guitar. Because he is really a groove machine. with that instrument.

It’s an unusual combination of players [in Metallica] but it words – everybody’s unique and different in their own way and we come together and do what we do. And I think that’s what the crowd feels when they see us or hear our music.

The new album [‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’], to me, is interesting because there’s really a powerful presence in the rhythm section, which is really exciting.”

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