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.

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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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    Minivirus2
    By the look on his face in that picture, the metal community isn't the only one with something up thier ass...
    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.
    henboyrules
    He's right...metal is becoming a bubble boy so to say. The guys who made metal what it once was were thwe guys who listened to jazz, blues, and real rock. Modern metal players seem to have only listened to metal, which is why everythings the same and becoming less and less musical. Being a metal head myself, i believe there will be comeback of people who, like myself, listen to the greats of the past and the modern musical geniuses, but as lars says, metal heads need to be more open minded, becuase if we stay close minded like we are now, metals gonna go straight down the crapper
    123metallicarox
    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!
    captainsnazz
    I find the nature of the comment section of this article hilariously yet also disturbingly ironic.
    Second Rate
    Lars is correct, but wrong at the same time. It is not just the metal community that is up its own ass, ALL musicians take themselves too seriously these days. It seems like no one has a sense of humor anymore.
    jimbob32292 wrote: Seriously this is such a joke, this is coming from by far the most SUB PAR drummer in the world like honestly. When it comes to metal drumming idk how he can even FKING talk seriously. Second off they are up their ass cause their tired of retards like you talking like your still something, admit what you are....old
    And i'm actually going to have to defend Ulrich's drumming a bit. At the time Metallica got going, Thrash Metal drumming wasn't exactly the technical gymnastics that it has become these days. Hell, a lot of early thrash drumming is downright sloppy.
    Weedbone
    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
    Lots of stuff on Master and Justice that arent straight 4/4, for instance the verse riff of Master of Puppets or the drum section with the toms in And Justice for All. Even Nothing else matters is 6/8 so argument/rage text invalid
    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.
    GruuvMetuhlr
    rocker222 wrote: where exactly is he poking people, and what is he poking them with?
    Well, he said we're up our own asses... I really don't want Lars' finger in my bunghole. Or anyone else's for that matter.
    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.
    TimTheWizard
    now you're all admitting it and the next article someone says "lol, metalfag" and you're all gonna be on flame wars again.
    Erickson11
    First, Lars has also had his head up his ass for years (Napster. Need I say more?)Second, he is right. A lot of these "Metal elitists" really piss me off. Metal is Metal. Although, I will say that when I listen to Metal, and that's very often, I like it to actually be heavy. Which is why I don't like Metallica.
    thebigredjj10
    Some people need to realize metal isn't the only music out there. It can be your absolute favorite, but it doesn't make it the only music out there. I am huge fan of metal, but often get annoyed by elitists who scoff at anything but metal. Try listening to some jazz fusion or classical or prog, have fun, expand your mind! It'll be a treat!
    Slaytan666
    For every person out there being successful and doing their own thing, there's a million idiots hating on them. Metal's even worse. I met some idiot kid wearing a Slayer shirt that refused to listen to Fear Factory 'cause they did a song with a rapper (B-Real from Cypress Hill). I laughed in his face and told him to listen to "Disorder" (Slayer with Ice-T). There's just one example of what Lars is talking about.
    shredibanez24
    I agree. The metal community can be a bunch of chumps that take themselves too seriously sometimes. One of the things I've always liked abuot Lars is that he's just a sarcastic, not so serious kind of dude who I find very funny.
    kamel2f2f
    JFRules wrote: This is why more people need to listen to Steel Panther! lol
    FUCK YEA!!!
    K!!LsWiTcH
    Blew1 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 1. Again, way to prove his point! 2. Load is not a shitty album, it has some incredible songs on it : Until It Sleeps, King Nothing, Bleeding Me, Outlaw Torn, Cure...killer songs! 3. ReLoad isn't that bad : Fuel, Unforgiven II, Bad Seed, Memory Remains, Devil's Dance, Better Than You to name a few are REALLY good songs and blows everything at that was coming from any other metal band at the time out of the water. 4. If Lars is incapable of playing anything apart from 4/4 how come he's a member of the biggest metal band that's ever been and probably ever will be? His comments are true, a lot of those makeup waring, Devil Worshipping, talanless Black Metal Fuckwits really have no idea what they're talking about and take themselves way too seriously, when the only thing entertaining about them is to point and laugh at them!!
    load and reload were pretty bad. and at that time, megadeth had just released youthanasia. i wouldnt exactly call any of the material from either load or reload mind blowing. and i CANT STAND the argument of "oh how comes hes in the biggest band ever" because nickelback is one of the biggest bands ever and i wouldnt call anybody in that band a bastion of musical ability. and when you call black metal bands ignorant ****wits, you also sound like an ignorant ****wit. and a really good amount of and justice for all was not in 4/4. just sayin
    doomsdayscottie
    The metal community is amazing, but he's right. We can be hardcore metalheads without being idiots or snobs or *****s.
    SweepSDMF
    He has a point, ever since I started listening to other types of music, i've become more aware of how douchebaggy some metal fans are, I used to be the exact same way.
    thechaostheory
    D4CE wrote: Does that mean Lars reads our messages? HI LARS!!!
    Hi son! I'm glad we finally met!
    Shotgunmerc
    Lol at everyone who got all butthurt over my comment. You're basically butthurt over someone telling you that Lars is a dick because he said you were all butthurt. Also, I'm a perfectly capable musician on guitar, bass, and drums for that matter. I can even play Violin somewhat. Being successful =/= being a good musician. Justin Bieber can play drums and is perfectly successful, so obviously Justin Bieber must be a good drummer, according to your logic. Lars can't even play Orion properly live anymore. That should probably take care of all the hate against me. Even if it doesn't, lol uallmad
    MellowDeath
    I think that the metal community doesn't take itself serious enough. The metalheads that live in my country are a amoungst the most immature people in the population. I'm somewhat of a stand alone metalhead because I simply can't stand hanging around them. And to be honest, the world at large doesn't take the metal community serious enough. Some of the worlds most talented musicians are in the metal community, and yet people think it's all talentless, satanistic and barbaric BS music, which more often than not is not true. And Lars, sorry bro, but you're not the best drummer in the world (unlike the guitarists and bassists you've gotten to work with). I congradulate you for the effect you had on metal music, and for the influences you have had on my personal musical taste, but get over yourself.
    Maestro1600
    Never mind what he actually said, this has turned into the 'Can Lars play time signatures other than 4/4' thread. And it's got a lot of mileage. By the way, Shotgunmerc, we can all play guitar, bass, drums, violin, piano, hurdy-gurdy, zither, harp and spoons on the internet. And we're all ripped 6'2" studs with hot girlfriends...
    Shotgunmerc
    Metalreaper13 wrote: 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. +1 for beating him at his own game. Metallica also plays plenty of things in 5/4 and 6/4
    Metalreaper13 wrote: 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. +1 for beating him at his own game. Metallica also plays plenty of things in 5/4 and 6/4
    Metalreaper13 wrote: 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. +1 for beating him at his own game. Metallica also plays plenty of things in 5/4 and 6/4
    Lol at criticizing me for doing the exact same thing Lars is doing
    GenerationKILL
    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
    Lars flies around in his own jet and plays iconic music to MILLIONS of fans everywhere around the world who enjoy it. You're just another a**hole on the internet typing insults with your d*nk. "SAD BUT TRUUEEEE!!"
    Weezerrocks
    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 nice attempt at trolling bro
    HAZ-121
    I'm not going to make the argument that Lars is a terrible drummer (though I am not a fan of him or Metallica as a whole) but he has contradicted himself here:
    Lars finds it hilarious to read negative comments about him online: "I think its really funny when someone sits there and says something that hes typed with his d--k, or some 12-year-old who hasnt figured out how to jerk off yet is sitting there typing insults about somebody hes never met "
    With that out of the way, I do agree with his point about the "Metal Community" taking itself too seriously sometimes. But honestly I think that's part of the fun. Metal in itself is over the top and always tries to push the boundaries of music, if the fans were all mellow it wouldn't be the same. I think there's just a limit where people go too far so it just isn't fun anymore. But then there's people like Steel Panther who are on the other end of the spectrum, and let's face it Steel Panther f*****g rule.
    Lefty Fret Head
    Soooo is Lars including himself as a close minded metalhead with his head up his ass? Cuz I've got clear memories of a little drumming troll doll taking shots at every popular pop-metal band in the 80s, cuz they were getting all the ass and Lars...not so much. And for what its worth, I'm pretty sure that the LA sceen topped out in '88. By the early 90s it was already over. Seattle guilty angst was in full bloom by then. But whatever, selective memories rock.
    BwareDWare94
    He makes a point, but he is still one of the most boring metal drummers out there. I can't remember the last time I heard a clever beat or fill that made me hit rewind. Then again, maybe I should stop listening to Red Barchetta before I listen to Metallica
    dragozan
    I'm a metalhead through and through, and I do understand LArs' point here. A lot of metalheads take it as if MEtal is the only thing to be considered music. It took me a while to realise, but when I did, I became a far better Musician and consumer, understanding how other genres tick. Sure, I may not find Justin Beiber, One Direction, Skrillex etc. entertaining, but hey, it's music, and that should be the end of it
    sickassfoo
    didnt they create a career by taking life too serious. if the didnt take things serious they would have worn makeup and been a glam band not a thrash band
    james1210
    Man this guy gets on my nerves!!! He used to help make good music, now he helps put out stuff that would not sell without the name behind it. Please keep making your horrible art work and drink your fancy wine and shut your mouth!!!
    GeekInThePink
    Agreed. Too many metal fans get super butthurt over people not liking the same music as them and/or liking music most metal fans hate. It's just music, guys. Come on.
    shamalama33
    Let me give the opinion of an avid metalhead... I couldn't agree more, the genre is all about unity amongst those not unified.. A genre of brothers and sisters playing with fervor and emotion.. We seem to take ourselves as more than we are as our genre grows, but all genres fall victim to this... It's about music. Not ego
    PsiGuy60
    While I inherently dislike Lars, I have to admit he's right about this one. The metal community takes itself far too seriously. Wasn't metal, at the very foundation, about having fun and not giving a sh*t?
    Mazzakazza
    Lars: "I think its really funny when someone sits there and says something that hes typed with his d--k, or some 12-year-old who hasnt figured out how to jerk off yet is sitting there typing insults about somebody hes never met"
    Sounds like Lars Ulrich is actually pretty butthurt about this if he's resorting to shit-talk a 12 year old might employ....
    frankibo
    I think the point you're all missing is that the music I listen to it good and the music you listen to is shit.
    frankibo
    I think the point you're all missing is that the music I listen to is good and the music you listen to is shit.
    dr-g0nz0
    "or some 12-year-old who hasnt figured out how to jerk off yet is sitting there typing insults about somebody hes never met" My mates dad was a roadie once and met him one night. Said he was a **** and up his own ass. So I guess people are right about him.
    MightyAri
    Let's face it...In 2012 the only thing keeping Metallica attatched the the metal world is the fact so many metal heads talk badly about them..If every metal fan never spoke of them again after '91 they would have probly faded into obscurity or became one of those "that band my dad listens to" bands.