Lars Ulrich Says Metallica Have Been Making “Glacial” Progress On Their New Album

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has shared another update on the band’s new album. The drummer told Classic Rock the following when asked about the progress they have made:

“[It’s been] glacial. These are the craziest of times and nothing is letting up. There’s a little bit of movement [in that direction], but it’s hard to do a lot when we’re not together.”

This news comes after Ulrich previously said that the group were “three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing” in November 2020.

Metallica’s James Hetfield And Lars Ulrich Pay Tribute To Late Megaforce Records Co-Founder Marsha Zazula

Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich have paid tribute to Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula, who recently passed away at the age of 68. Marsha and her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula co-founded Megaforce in 1982 and they were credited with helping Metallica launch their career.

Hetfield said the following:

“Marsha Z is the Metal Matriarch of the East Coast. She was our mother when I had none. She made great sacrifices for Metallica to grow. Thank you Marsha. Love and positive energy to the Zazula family.

— James Hetfield”

Ulrich also shared his own tribute:

“Thank you Marsha for making it happen…

For supporting us, for encouraging us, for advising us, for sheltering us, for feeding us, and most importantly for cheering us on and along with your husband Jonny, believing in the possibilities of how a gang of misfits and outsiders like ourselves could connect with a larger and likeminded audience…

You were an incredibly selfless matriarch and we’ll be forever grateful for the impact you had on our lives.

Rest In Peace.”

Lars Ulrich Says Metallica’s Best Album Is Still Ahead Of Them

During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said he believes that the band’s best album is still ahead of them. The drummer made the claim while discussing the group’s new record, which they have been working on amid the coronavirus pandemic:

“It’s the heaviest thing, the coolest. But all kidding aside, if it wasn’t because we thought that the best record was still ahead of us, then why keep doing it? In Metallica, we love the creative process, and it’s hard for me to imagine that we’ll ever stop making records.”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: “We’re Three, Four Weeks Into Some Pretty Serious Writing”

During a recent chat with folk-rock artist Phoebe Bridgers for Rolling Stone, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich offered another update on the writing process for the band’s new album. The drummer said the following:

“We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing. And of all the shit — pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just fucking looking at the state of the world — it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next. It’s like, ‘Fuck, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.'”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: “Working Virtually Is Not Super Easy”

As previously reported, Metallica have been working on new material remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, during a recent chat with Kara Swisher at the CNBC Evolve Summit, drummer Lars Ulrich discussed the challenges the band have faced during the process.

Ulrich said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I would say theoretically, we always have another album coming out. And so we have been trying to do as much as we could in the last seven months, trying to make a difference with our foundation and with our music and with connecting to people. And so we have been working the last six [to] eight weeks virtually.

Being a rock and roll band and working virtually is not super easy. Time delays, all these things make it really hard. The main thing we miss is being able to hear each other. [Laughs] So if we’re all four in a room together, we can connect with each other and we can hear each other. If I’m playing here in San Francisco, and Kirk [Hammett] and James [Hetfield], our two guitar players, are either in O’ahu or Colorado, there are significant time delays. It’s very hard for us to play at the same time. If I’m doing what we call steering, which means that I’m playing a beat and they’re playing to me, I can’t hear what they’re playing, and vice versa. We can’t all hear each other in a universal fashion. So there are some significant complications we have. Our recording team and our production team are speaking to software makers all over the world [about] how to crack the code on this. Nobody has quite figured it out yet.”

Metallica Working On Orchestral Version Of “Nothing Else Matters” For Upcoming “Jungle Cruise” Movie

During a recent interview with Collider, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band are working on an orchestral version of “Nothing Else Matters” for the upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie. That film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt and it is currently set to be released on July 30, 2021.

Ulrich said the following:

“It really goes back to [Disney production president] Sean Bailey, who is a lifelong rock fan, and is just all-around one of the greatest, most friendly, generous, warm, and embracing people you’ll find in the music business. I think he’s always been a Metallica fan, and we’ve gotten to know each other well.

My wife and I are big Disney fans, so there’s a great friendship there, and he’s always looked for the right match where there was a way that Metallica could contribute to some project of theirs. This was the right fit, with Sean leading the calvary, and with James Newton Howard and his track record, and what he’s done.”

He also added:

“James Newton Howard, the man, the myth, the absolute legend! Considering what’s he’s done, it’s an absolute honor to have done this with him, and we’re excited for the world to hear it.

It’s kind of an interesting morph, because it’s kind of — and I don’t want to give too much of it away — but it’s a very unusual morph in that it’s kind of his arrangement of ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ that we’re playing.

We wrote the song, but he took the song and rearranged it to fit something specific in the film — and obviously, I’m not going to give any of that away — but we then kind of took on his version of it. I think that’s all that should be said.”

Lars Ulrich Says Metallica Are Hoping To “Get Back Into Another Bubble” This Fall To “Write And Play And Maybe Even Record”

During a recent interview with NME, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich talked about working on new material amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the drummer, the group are hoping to “get back into another bubble” this fall to “write and play and maybe even record.”

Ulrich said the following when asked if the shutdown has been creatively productive:

“I’m not sure — it’s not easy, but we’ve been doing what we can. We’ve been exchanging ideas back and forth.

The hardest thing about being in four different spaces is that there’s no software that can have us all play in real time to reach other. So I can play something and send it to the next guy and then he can play on it and he can send it to the next guy, or vice versa, but we can’t play at the same time so it takes the impulsivity and the momentary energy out of the occasion.

I’ve talked to some people in technology about how close we are to being able to all play in real time with each other, but that hasn’t been cracked yet. If it is, we’ll maximize it, but for now, we’re in this bubble for a couple of weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing if at some point this fall, we can get back into another bubble where we write and play and maybe even record — so we’re looking forward to the possibilities on that one.”

He also added the following after being asked when fans can expect new music:

“Not soon enough! Right now, I’d say the hardest thing about all this is trying to plan, because five minutes later, those plans change — that’s just the nature of the state of the world at the moment and we’re going to have to accept and surrender to it. I think it’s a good reminder of the fragility of the world and how maybe we should occasionally pause and be a little bit more respectful and appreciative of what we have and understand how quickly it can derail in terms of how we arrogantly expect everything to be way we wanted as a human race.”

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Lars Ulrich Reveals His Favorite Metallica Song

During a recent interview with GQ, Lars Ulrich revealed that “Sad But True” is his “all-time favorite” Metallica song. The drummer said the following about that:

“‘Sad But True‘. I just love playing that song. I play it a little differently each time. I love the tempo and giving it a different interpretation every time I play it.”

KnuckleBonz To Release New “Rock Iconz” Statues Of Metallica In Early 2021

KnuckleBonz will be releasing new “Rock Iconz” statues of Metallica next year. The figures are based on the band’s “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” era and they are expected to be released in January or February 2021. The statues are limited to 3,000 pieces and they can be pre-ordered HERE.

Lars Ulrich On The Infamous Snare Drum Sound On Metallica’s “St. Anger”: “I Stand Behind It A Hundred Percent”

Metallica‘s “St. Anger” has received a lot backlash over the years and one of the lead criticisms stems from the sound of Lars Ulrich‘s snare drum on the album. Producer Bob Rock recently offered an explanation for the sound and now Ulrich has addressed it as well saying that he “stand[s] behind it a hundred percent.”

Ulrich said the following on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“I stand behind it a hundred percent, because at that moment, that was the truth.”

“Just my personality, I’m always just looking ahead, always thinking about the next thing. That’s just how I’m wired. Whether it’s Metallica always thinking ahead, or in my personal life, or in relationships, whatever I’m doing, I’m just always thinking ahead. Sometimes, arguably, I spent too much time in the future, but I rarely spend any time in the past. And so the only time this stuff really comes up is in interviews.

I hear ‘St. Anger‘. That’s a pummeling and a half, and there’s a lot of incredible, raw energy, and it’s, like, ‘Woah!’ It’s been slapped around a little bit. But the snare thing, it was like a super-impulsive, momentary… We were working on a riff. [James] Hetfield was playing a riff in the control room. And I ran up. I was, like, ‘I need to put a beat behind that.’

I ran into the tracking room and sat down and played a couple of beats over this riff to not lose the energy of the moment, and I forgot to turn the snare on. And then we were listening back to it, and I was, like, ‘Wow! That sound kind of fits that riff, and it sounds weirdly odd and kind of cool.’ And then I just kind of left the snare off for the rest of the sessions, more or less. And then it was, like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool. That’s different.

That’ll fuck some people up. That sounds like that’s part of the pummeling,’ or whatever. And then it becomes this huge, debated thing. And sometimes we’ll kind of sit on the sidelines and go, like, ‘Holy shit! We didn’t see that one coming,’ in terms of the issue that it turns into.”

He went on to say that he has no regrets about any of Metallica’s production choices:

“I’m proud of all of those decisions, because I know at that time, they were the truth and it was the instinctive and the right thing to do. And then, 20 years later, it’s, like, ‘Well, how would that have sounded if the snare was on?’ Or, ‘How would that have sounded if we did two instead of four?’

I mean, I don’t know, but I don’t really think about it, to be honest with you, other than when I’m confronted with it in interviews. And I wouldn’t change a thing about the past. Of course, how far are you gonna push that? Of course, yes, bus accidents and things like that, of course. But the point of what I’m saying is I just don’t spend a lot of time sitting there, going, ‘Well, if we hadn’t done that,’ and, ‘If we did this instead…’

I’m just always too busy about what we’re doing next, and that’s just my M.O. And I think all of us in Metallica generally operate like that. So we’re just always excited about the next thing, the next thing, the next record.”

“I say this often, but people always go, ‘What’s your favorite Metallica record?’ My standard answer is, ‘My favorite Metallica [album] is the next one, and the next song we’re gonna write and the next album that’s coming,’ because if you don’t think that your best work is still ahead of you, why do it? And we’re always so excited about the opportunities that lay in front of us.”

[via Blabbermouth]