had some harsh words to share about Metallica
's 1996 album "Load
," saying that it never should have seen the light of day.
Asked by Metal Hammer
to single out the album that should not be, Uncle Phil stated, "I would have to say 'Load' by Metallica. I mean, it's a terrible record, man. I just don't get it. If you're gonna put out a record like that, just do a f--king side project or something, ya know?"
Anselmo already criticized the metal giants in a similar manner back in 2003 when they brought Linkin Park
and Limp Bizkit
on tour as supporting acts."Why the hell would Metallica be worried about ticket sales? Bring out some f--kin' good bands,"
the singer said (via Blabbermouth
). "That was due to a conversation James Hetfield and I had years ago when I was talking to him about their new album. I think that was when 'Load' was out, and it kind of shocked everybody - everybody was freaked out."
In a subsequent interview, Phil claimed that Metallica never would have shared a stage with Pantera in the States "because they know what would f--kin' happen. We would f--kin' eat them alive! That's the end of the f--kin' sentence. We would crush 'em."
Drummer Lars Ulrich
then responded to Anselmo's comments by saying, "Is he that desperate to tour? I love all these challenges,"
adding that Phil "has a tendency to talk a lot of horses--t most of the time."
About a year ago, Lars described
"Load" and "Reload
" as "creatively on par"
with the rest of Metallica opus.