Iron Maiden Is Better Than Metallica, Says Lars Ulrich

"I will always support Bruce Dickinson in whatever nonsense he says," the drummer adds.

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The matter of Metallica vs. Maiden deathmatch for the title of the biggest metal band of all time has always been a discussion capable of easily turning up the heat among guitar-driven fans.

And Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has recently shared his thoughts on the matter, seemingly giving Iron Maiden the No. 1 spot.

Asked by the Guardian on singer Bruce Dickinson's comments about his band being better, Lars responded, "I will never argue with that. I will always support Bruce Dickinson in whatever nonsense he says. That's part of the fun. So go Iron Maiden! It's fine."

The question was raised as a part of Glastonbury discussion and Metallica's headlining spot at one of UK's biggest music festivals. Speaking of which, Bruce has given the event quite a bashing.

As Daily Star reports, Dickinson noted that "personally I have no interest in going to Glastonbury. In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting.

"Now it's the most bourgeois thing on the planet," the vocalist added. "Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me."

In related news, guitarist Kirk Hammett once again touched on the matter of "Lulu" record, explaining how he finds it unfortunate that fans can't get into it.

"I love that album to death," Kirk told MTV (via Blabbermouth). "It's unfortunate that other people don't see it the same way as I do, but what can I do about it? I can't do anything about it. I can just keep on loving it. And if people like it, great. If people don't like it, that's great too. It's only music."

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    Metallica shud just b caled "ica" cause deres been no mutulz sinse master of pubbets.
    man, if KerryKing01 had a nickle for every gold medal he got on UG, he could play more than a few games of pacman.
    They follow him like sheep. Everything he says, they will up vote even if it makes no sense. Just a bunch of sheep. They will probably down vote for saying all of this but I said it anyway. Bunch of sheep here at UG. Bring on the downvotes sheep!!!
    Trolling is the act of posting something designed purely to incite negative reactions. Such comments do not belong anywhere in the comments section. R u lookin 4 downvotes sir?
    Kerry, we are the best of friends. We can both control these sheep. You with the upvotes and me with the downvotes LOL
    That's not controlling people, that just means no one likes you.
    I'm not sure how many people give a **** about up or downvotes, but I'm not one of them. Seems the majority of users on here do though.
    Guns N' Chains
    But that's UG. Most of the time, if you say or hint at the fact that you are or wanna get downvoted, you get upvoted and vise-virsa.
    I actually like this guys comment because YOU sir, KerryKing01, don't seem to know what you're talking about. LOLZ
    "Iron Maiden Is Better Than Metallica, Says Lars Ulrich" He doesn't even f*cking say it. This is some Daily Mail style reporting, here. A couple of years ago I used to love this website because it wasn't a typical 'rawcckk and metalll' magazine site, but it's descended into a shit-stirring, TMZ-like gathering that makes me want to stick hot pins into my eyes. So long UG, you've ruined it.
    Asked by the Guardian on singer Bruce Dickinson's comments about his band being better , Lars responded, "I will never argue with that . I will always support Bruce Dickinson in whatever nonsense he says. That's part of the fun. So go Iron Maiden! It's fine." There you have it, maybe not in terms so blunt as "Iron Maiden are better than us", but he's certainly agreeing with Bruce's opinion.
    How many years ago are we talking here? The trendy bands/artists here change sometimes, but other than the Wednesday questions and articles like that, the news section is the same as it used to be - copy and pasted articles from other music sites. This style of journalism/articles is exactly what I've known from UG for at least the last 7 years or so, maybe longer.
    In no way did Lars even come close to saying "yeah, Iron Maiden is better than Metallica." He just said he supports Bruce Dickinson. Fuck UG and its embarrassingly misleading titles.
    Well if it is rock festival, they could actually play some songs from Load and Reload That would be great!
    They MIGHT get away with Enter Sandman if it really goes down well. Otherwise, they should just play Trapped Under Ice and then run away in the tour bus as quick as possible.
    What do you mean they MIGHT get away with it? A crowd like what Glastonbury has become would EXPECT Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters, alternating between the two for an hour and a half.
    Agreed. They should play Cthulu and Fight Fire With Fire. See how the bourgeoisie likes that.
    they will get away with sandman if they dont **** around and extend it. then it will be good
    So Kirk loves Lulu to death... Damn dude i don't get how they're still so positive about that album. Everybody thinks it sucked so face it Kirk. I totally respect his opinion, but i really like to know what he exactly liked about lulu. The guitar riffs were totally basic, Lou Reeds vocals were flat, nothing about that album was good. How can someone like Kirk love this 'till death? Blabbermouth, you know what to ask in your next interview.
    apparently you need a higher intellect when it comes to understanding and liking lulu. those with a greater and wider understanding of music will apparently enjoy lulu. but its just shit. so so shit
    Sewage Rat
    You're absolutely right, great album, not for commoners.
    I do hope you're kidding, Sewage Rat...
    He's the guy that comes to articles early to get the first comment and post things like, "Lil Wayne is a beautiful person." So I'm pretty sure he's joking.
    I like that album.. I give it a listen occasionally. Dragon is my favorite track.
    Well hell yeah Maiden is a better band than Metallica... Metallica - 4.5/9 Great studio albums over 31 years Iron Maiden - 12/15 Great studio albums over 34 years Don't get me wrong, Metallica's early material is amazing and still holds up but Maiden has been great consistently for longer.
    Death Magnetic was not that bad! Yes, downvote me all you want
    Death Magnetic was decent. I just don't think it stands up to the classics.
    I'm not going to downvote you because you obviously care too much; I don't want to break your little heart.
    Metallica relied on youthful aggression, which inevitably came to an end, because they can't be 20 forever. Iron Maiden have always been my favourite band, But even I have to concede that Maidens greatest albums (all seven of them), have great difficulty staying ahead of Metallica's early work. I'm curious as to which Maiden albums you consider to be great, all twelve of them.
    I think I agree about any of Maiden's material standing up to Metallica's early albums. It's a close call, they're all awesome! As as Maiden goes - In my opinion they've only released 3 duds: No Prayer For the Dying, X Factor and Virtual XI . But even those 3 still have some good songs on them. Iron Maiden and Metallica are two of my favorite bands so it's tough to compare... I just give an edge to Maiden because of the volume of good material. They're both about as good as it gets when it comes to classic metal though.
    Have to say, although those 3 are my least favorite Maiden albums, they are all still great albums. They don't stand up to Maiden standards, but if any other band would've released them they would be considered some of that band's greatest albums.
    I agree completely! A less-than-great Maiden album (or Metallica for that matter) is still better than most metal out there.
    Next week UG will quote this article saying, "Bruce Dickinson slams Metallica!"
    Lulu is like having a child with a face only a mother could love. Of course you're going to like it, Kirk. It's your child.
    Well that's true, except the child would also have to be really bad at everything and kind of a jerk to be around in order for the analogy to work.
    Both Maiden and Metallica are great in their own ways. Both have long-ass careers. Both have highs and lows. Highs have been really ****en good! It's a shame about the lows (Lulu), but hey, they tried.
    Ill take iron maiden over Metallica anyday. I do love Metallica but there's something special about maiden
    All I know is Metallica is heavier than Maiden, which ever one is better or bigger is up to opinions
    Bruce looking more and more like Steve Irwin as time goes by (albeit minus the snakes and crocs).
    wow lars hahaha whether youre just being nice or not, metallica is the biggest metal band of all time. but maiden and sabbath are both so much better thats been a fact for 30 years...
    Thanks Lars for taking the higher path and not trying to lambast Bruce's statement.No offense to Bruce but that was the most douchey statement ever made. Sure, Maiden is "better" than Metallica but trying to brag it like it's some sort of competition is "bellendry" in my book.
    Shit, an interview. UG will probably make 4 or 5 "new" articles quoting from this interview in the next couple of days. And yeah, I'm curious to see how the Glasto crowd will react to Metallica. Willing to bet 20 quid that they'll bore the shit out of everyone.
    When the doctor told you to take 2 ADHD pills a day, he was being dead serious, fella.
    Never seen so many downvotes for comments on one article here. Anyhow, to me it's not even debatable, Metallica is far and away a bigger and better band than Iron Maiden. Dickinson's response sounds like the jealous second tier guy trying to appear better and Lars response is more like, "sure dude, whatever you say".
    Metallica got sooooo shit after Dave died.
    yep, they are both good at using the same riffs/scale over and over and over and over and over and over and over and get the idea...
    Saw Lars, showed myself the door.
    This is probably the greatest chain of heavily downvoted comments I've seen on UG.
    This is amazing. But to be fair, that is an AWFUL wednesday question. And I love how in the middle of the comments section somebody randomly yells out "F**k Dave Grohl!". Lmao.
    I saw your mom and I locked the door and we had sex hehehehaho
    So Kirk Hammett has shit taste... not exactly surprising given the solos he writes.
    Bruce not wanting to go to Glastonbury has nothing to do with him saying that Maiden is better than Metallica, despite I'm a fan of Maiden this is absurd Bruce never said anything like it. This is what journalism has become
    I like Maiden better than Metallica, but uhhhhh, Bruce did say that.
    no he didnt he said iron maiden wouldnt go to glaston bury because it was to middle class for them he didnt say they were better than metalica just because UG said that on their page doesnt make it true they twist shit around all the time
    Bruce did say why Maiden would not go to Glastobury, but he did make a statement, three years ago, that he claims that Maiden was better than Metallica and Lars just so happens to respond to that comment, right now. In a late manner. That article was the source of the UG article I linked, if you hadn't read it thoroughly, already.
    Whose music is better is obviously subjective, but I'm pretty sure Metallica is the bigger band-sold more records, made more money, has more songs played on the radio more often. doesn't make them better, Although imo, 80's Metallica is completely untouchable. What's NOT subjective is Lulu. It sucked. It was just awful and that is not my opinion, but a well-known fact.
    Metallica fans are the simplest of metal fan. Of course they don't get Lulu. Also nice to hear these guys don't have huge egos and can admit who's better. Although I think any metal fan could have told you who's better haha.
    Prefer Metallica, Neither of them are even close to my favorite band but I've seen them both live and Metallica were much better, Maiden were actually kind of boring.