Lars Ulrich: 'The Metal Community Is Up Its Own A--'

The Metallica drummer finds online feedback "hilarious", and talks about having fun with porn stars in the early 1990s.

Lars Ulrich: 'The Metal Community Is Up Its Own A--'
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Lars Ulrich says the metal community is "up its own ass", and takes itself far too seriously. In an interview with Maxim, the Metallica drummer admitted he had the Danish trait of "poking" people to prompt a reaction - then immediately gave a perfect example: "I sometimes think that the metal community is just so f--king serious and up its own ass. Once in a while it needs a little poke, and I don't mind being that guy. Nobody else seems to do it," he said. Lars finds it hilarious to read negative comments about him online: "I think it's really funny when someone sits there and says something that he's typed with his d--k, or some 12-year-old who hasn't figured out how to jerk off yet is sitting there typing insults about somebody he's never met" In the same interview, Lars picks his favorite rock n' roll memory from Metallica's history: "Los Angeles in the early '90s was ground zero for any kind of outrageous hard-rock behavior," he said. "It all started and ended in the corner booth of the Rainbow Room on the Sunset Strip! It was a pretty crazy convergence: music, alcohol, drugs, debauchery, porn." He continued: "At that time the porn world and the music world were kind of like bedmatesif you were mixing with anyone other than your own group, it was the porn world. We had a lot of fun, and I have good memories from that time. I'm glad I lived itand I'm glad I don't have to live it again." Is Lars right about metal fans being too uptight? Tell him what you think in the comments.

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    D4CE
    Does that mean Lars reads our messages? HI LARS!!!
    Krieger91
    I agree with him...a lot. The metal community does take itself way too seriously. I listen to some metal every now and then...but the actual hardcore fans are ridiculous sometimes.
    MonsterOfRock
    All potential trolling aside, hes right. Metal community is up themselves. I admit to being an elitist of sorts, but I do have my reasons. What Lars is referring to is the likes of people here who can't stand anything else but metal, those who can't appreciate songs like "Bleeding Me" or "The Unforgiven II" (honestly, one of the greatest lyrics ever written and I listen to Pink Floyd and Tool)... and I would completely agree. Look, call me a "Lar$ Defender" if you will, but Metal to me isn't a community that embraces in name-calling or frankly, mindlessly hedonistic; to me its a sub-society of people that want to be united thru aggressive music about trials and tribulations in everyday life. The pose of being the different one often leads to being just as bad as any trend that ever existed if you have that "gang" mentality. Be an individual.
    Minivirus2
    By the look on his face in that picture, the metal community isn't the only one with something up thier ass...
    AnnihilationUK
    Shotgunmerc wrote: I also find it hilarious that metalheads still support lars after a comment like this. Lars basically just told 80% of his fans that they have a dick up their ass and yet people are still supporting him. I'm glad I haven't given them a single penny for any of their music. Even the albums worth listening to.
    Because the people that agree with what he said know exactly what kind of metal fans he's on about.
    sk8ter665
    Shotgunmerc wrote: This still doesn't change the fact that Metallica has only released one non-shitty album since the black album, and the fact that Lars is not physically capable of playing in something other than 4/4. Learn how to play drums you ****ing loser
    Lol way to be the perfect example of the kind of immature little b*tch Lars is talking about! I'm not particularly a fan of his but I'm gonna go ahead put you down on the 2 non-subjective points you've raised; Can't play out of 4/4? Orion. Loser? One of the most successful musicians on the planet. Grow up.
    jedke
    Shotgunmerc wrote: This still doesn't change the fact that Metallica has only released one non-shitty album since the black album, and the fact that Lars is not physically capable of playing in something other than 4/4. Learn how to play drums you ****ing loser
    Nothing else matters is 6/8 dumb ass.
    Kioshi
    ketangupta96 wrote: what has jerking off got to do with typing insults about somebody you've never met?
    I think he said that to insult people he's never met.
    Comeback Kiddd
    ketangupta96 wrote: what has jerking off got to do with typing insults about somebody you've never met?
    Releases stress brah
    Krieger91
    MonsterOfRock wrote: All potential trolling aside, hes right. Metal community is up themselves. I admit to being an elitist of sorts, but I do have my reasons. What Lars is referring to is the likes of people here who can't stand anything else but metal, those who can't appreciate songs like "Bleeding Me" or "The Unforgiven II" (honestly, one of the greatest lyrics ever written and I listen to Pink Floyd and Tool)... and I would completely agree. Look, call me a "Lar$ Defender" if you will, but Metal to me isn't a community that embraces in name-calling or frankly, mindlessly hedonistic; to me its a sub-society of people that want to be united thru aggressive music about trials and tribulations in everyday life. The pose of being the different one often leads to being just as bad as any trend that ever existed if you have that "gang" mentality. Be an individual.
    Exactly.
    cory_i
    uilihlion nb m jkjbjkjbhuiu , In your face Lars, I typed that with my d--k.
    Iommianity
    Can metalheads be close minded? Absolutely. But, living in the Greater Toronto Area, I very rarely come across metalheads that fit this stereotype to a t. I know plenty of guys in denim vests who have no problem listening to and appreciating A Tribe Called Quest, for example. I'm not going to say that my anecdotal experience is the rule, but I know plenty of hip hop/pop fans who wouldn't give metal the time of day, let alone acknowledge that it's anything more than noise. For me, good music is good music. I don't care what it is, from Godflesh to Gorguts, Neurosis or Angel Witch, John Coltrane or Common; I think if you talked to more metalheads as a whole instead of looking at the Internet, you'd find more open mindedness than you'd expect. There is a reason why artists that complain about the 'metal community' usually do it after releasing an album like Lulu. Were some people pissed that it wasn't metal? Sure. But some of would have loved a dark record in the style of Tom Waits or Steve Von Till or something. Hell, Leonard Cohen gets decent reviews, and he mumbles his way through everything these days. At the end of the day, I don't think the lowest common denominator of any genre is going to be any more open minded than a metalhead.
    Abacus11
    COREYTAYLOR721 wrote: Lars is used to having things up his a--. Hope he sees this.
    Yeah because I'm sure Lars Ulrich reads shitty articles on Ultimate Guitar and will be supper offended by some kid making a stupid homophobic remark about him. Oh yeah... it'll change his life.
    Abacus11
    Lars is probably the worst metal drummer to ever be able to make a living playing music but he's right about this.
    Ibeanez
    sk8ter665 wrote: Shotgunmerc wrote: This still doesn't change the fact that Metallica has only released one non-shitty album since the black album, and the fact that Lars is not physically capable of playing in something other than 4/4. Learn how to play drums you ****ing loser Lol way to be the perfect example of the kind of immature little b*tch Lars is talking about! I'm not particularly a fan of his but I'm gonna go ahead put you down on the 2 non-subjective points you've raised; Can't play out of 4/4? Orion. Loser? One of the most successful musicians on the planet. Grow up.
    Orion? Really? Is that what you're sticking with? There are lots of examples on AJFA.
    Mahabajaba
    I find the whole metal scene to be a thing of extremes. It is the least and most accepting of new things, the least and most welcoming to new people and the least and most welcoming of different ideals. It really does depend on who you speak to. It depends on whether you get the metalheads that seem to have something to prove and only listen to the "most brutal" stuff (I honestly think they don't even like it themselves and just want to be appear tough). Or the ones that just genuinely like metal in all it's forms.
    doomsdayscottie
    The metal community is amazing, but he's right. We can be hardcore metalheads without being idiots or snobs or *****s.
    deadlydictator
    Personally, i have those days where im all METAL OR FUCK YOU. But, there are some different types of music you really have to stumble upon and be like "whoa, this is cool", even though its not metal. Some bands that arent really the hottest shit of shit but still are worth a listen. metal and not metal. Baroness, Irepress, Collapsar. check em all out man, and a little ganja wont hurt either.
    joere444
    I think alot of Metalheads(not all.) are far too concerned with not selling out, instead of playing music. I've met alot of people who refuse to play songs because they say they're, "Selling out." Someone once told me they were selling out to the crowd by playing Iron Man by Black Sabbath. Now this isn't everyone cause I've run into that just not all the time. Just sayin this might be where he's coming from.
    thechaostheory
    D4CE wrote: Does that mean Lars reads our messages? HI LARS!!!
    Hi son! I'm glad we finally met!
    Reagar
    Also, he doth protest too much. The fact that he has to claim that he doesn't care what people say about him and insult said people makes me think he probably does care, quite a lot. Just like he did when everyone said his shit record was shit
    Scourge441
    123metallicarox wrote: Fuck Yes some metal fans are ****en way too serious about their music, not saying at all that any music should not be taken seriously. But Fuck, I had a conversation with a guy having to debate that "Disturbed" were metal and NOT ROCK! METAL IS METAL! METAL IS GOOD MUSIC! ADMIT IT AND STOP HATING YOU'RE JUST FIGHTING YOUR OWN BATTLE!
    Disturbed aren't metal, bro.
    Vindictor
    Yeah, Lars has a point - the metal community can be full of intolerance, bigotry, and arrogance. However, it seems a little hypocritical of him to say something like this. After all, 'Lulu' seems like the calling card of a band so far up their own ass they can see their small intestine, it is so pretentious.
    Kenjamin91
    Haha say what you will about his skills as a drummer. But I think he's hilarious and is definitely right. Though I don't know if it's the metal community or people in general.
    Mouloudo
    " Lars Ulrich says the metal community is "up its own ass", and takes itself far too seriously. In an interview with Maxim"
    K33nbl4d3
    I'd agree more if it weren't for the irony. Also if it were a musician I respected saying it. I do agree with the point, though.
    shredder3386
    6o66y wrote: Shotgunmerc wrote: This still doesn't change the fact that Metallica has only released one non-shitty album since the black album, and the fact that Lars is not physically capable of playing in something other than 4/4. Learn how to play drums you ****ing loser Come on guys! Give this douche a break! He probably doesn't even know what 4/4 means. He probably heard it from someone else or read it and thought he would use it to sounds like, he knew what he was talking about.
    Very true. It so easy to act big on the internet when you can't prove you are better. "Hey look internet, I can play intricate polyrhythms at 220 bpm, aren't I awesome? I can also play Eruption with my nose. Now let me talk trash about all the bands you like."
    captainsnazz
    I find the nature of the comment section of this article hilariously yet also disturbingly ironic.
    Mouloudo
    I think its really funny when someone sits there and says something that hes typed with his d--k
    some people type with their dick, some other play drums with it
    Lightning_Ray
    "I sometimes think that the metal community is just so f--king serious and up its own ass. Once in a while it needs a little poke, and I dont mind being that guy. Nobody else seems to do it."
    So, he basically's critizing... himself?
    Mahabajaba wrote: I find the whole metal scene to be a thing of extremes. It is the least and most accepting of new things, the least and most welcoming to new people and the least and most welcoming of different ideals. It really does depend on who you speak to. It depends on whether you get the metalheads that seem to have something to prove and only listen to the "most brutal" stuff (I honestly think they don't even like it themselves and just want to be appear tough). Or the ones that just genuinely like metal in all it's forms.
    You do have a point there, but I don't fully agree. From my personal experience, everywhere I go, I always make new friendships and discuss about music or pretty much anything else without resorting to basic insults. Sure, we all have different tastes, and in such a rich environment like Heavy Metal, it's impossible to reach a consensus. I guess that what I'm trying to say is, from my perspective, the "Metal community" is one of the most open-minded and friendly when it comes to music.
    Nerdpunx
    Damn i just gotta luv Lars. He doesn't care at all about those haters around the world. He can't play like in the 80's but he is still my favourite drummer of all time. Not the most talented but he has always a damn good point. Go LARS!
    kamel2f2f
    JFRules wrote: This is why more people need to listen to Steel Panther! lol
    FUCK YEA!!!
    asitmguitar
    this is what pisses me off. I cant stand the man but i do have to agree with him. I am a dedicated metal head and i love my brutal shit but i do listen to other kinds of music so. The metal community used to be about accepting those of us who lived on the edge of life and doing what made you happy whether other people thought it was cool. Nowadays if you dont like certain bands you're not a metal head or you're not brutal enough.The elitist bullshit needs to end and instead of fighting with eachother over whos heavier and just get the **** along
    Iommianity
    Lars had no problem when the metal community was up his ass. Which is why they played up their metal image from day one. Metal up your ass, death to posers and whatnot. Sound familiar? Yeah, Lars is right.
    Maiden95
    Shotgunmerc wrote: This still doesn't change the fact that Metallica has only released one non-shitty album since the black album, and the fact that Lars is not physically capable of playing in something other than 4/4. Learn how to play drums you ****ing loser
    Actually, there are many parts of Metallica songs in 6/8, 7/4, 3/4. Just saying. If you want proof of metal heads being up their asses, just look at the backlash for the Black Album. "Oh..Metallica sold out man, the Black Album is shit!" No its not, its a fine record metal or not, and its what they wanted to do at the time. If you don't change, the music becomes stagnant(Slayer). I love And Justice but I could not see myself listening to a full discography of albums like it
    Gexzilla
    I agree with him. There are so many people obsessed with maintaining their "br00tal" image they forget why they listen to MUSIC in the first place. In fact I don't see much difference between them and Paris Hilton fans. I mean, I love heavy music, listening to Crack the Skye right now, but some people take this shit too seriously.
    jrcsgtpeppers
    sk8ter665 wrote: Shotgunmerc wrote: This still doesn't change the fact that Metallica has only released one non-shitty album since the black album, and the fact that Lars is not physically capable of playing in something other than 4/4. Learn how to play drums you ****ing loser Lol way to be the perfect example of the kind of immature little b*tch Lars is talking about! I'm not particularly a fan of his but I'm gonna go ahead put you down on the 2 non-subjective points you've raised; Can't play out of 4/4? Orion. Loser? One of the most successful musicians on the planet. Grow up.
    uh...that song is all in 4/4 except half way thru is in 3/4... the problem with metal, is people like to say their favourite music is the best. they say the musicians are the best. you cant measure talent, but in my opinion metallica dont have the greatest musicians. not saying they never accomplished what they wanted to, they did a great job of that, but i hate hearing people say lars and cliff and kirk are all the best ever. i dont think so, theyre just popular. Animals as leaders is probably the most talented music group now a days, and they get 1/10000th less recognition as metallica.