Drummer is astonished at still liking Death Magnetic five years on – as final Big 4 Euro show is announced

Lars Ulrich

Love it to Death: Lars Ulrich

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is astonished to find he still likes the band’s most recent album Death Magnetic – because he usually has a difficult relationship with their recorded work.

They recently completed a 30-month world tour on the back of the release after after a short break will begin work on its follow-up. And Ulrich wonders if his enjoyment of the old record means the new one will be too challenging to make.

He tells The Vine: “The last two years have made me appreciate Death Magnetic even more – and this is coming from a guy who has not always had a great relationship with our records once they’re done.

“Usually there’s a lot of questions, a lot of raised eyebrows, a lot of ‘What were we thinking?’ that sets in rather quickly. Every record has been instinctive, but three or six months later you always go, ‘What the fuck were we thinking?’

“But I heard three or four songs in the car on our last break and I listened to one of the songs earlier to check on something. It still sounds great. We started working on Death Magnetic five years ago this month – that just blows my head off.”

The positive feelings lead Ulrich to suspect that Metallica’s return to the studio could be difficult.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he explains, “But it makes me a little wary. We’ll set out to top it, but we don’t take it for granted that we can. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Meanwhile, Metallica have announced the final addition to their European shows with their fellows of the Big 4. They’ll appear with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, on July 3.

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