Metallica Aren't Monsters Any More

Metallica are no longer the band who faced near-collapse in the therapy-centred 2003 documentary Some Kind of Monster, says Kirk Hammett.

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Metallica are no longer the band who faced near-collapse in the therapy-centred 2003 documentary Some Kind Of Monster, says guitarist Kirk Hammett. And the biggest change to their attitude has come about because they're all parents, which wasn't the case when the movie was shot during the making of their confused St Anger album. Hammett tells The Age: On this tour, all of us are fathers. Our schedule allows us to spend more time with our families which means we're a lot happier and more consistent. It's a good balance and we're all on the same page. We're brothers we love each other, hate each other and everything in between. Sometimes I feel like they are my other wives. It's a far cry from the band who lost bassist Jason Newstead ahead of making St Anger, and finally replaced him with Robert Trujillo after the record was complete; and who endured furious clashed between founder members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, resulting in Hetfield severing all ties with his colleagues for nearly a year while he attended rehab. Hammett says: We're not that band any more. The band you see in the movie, we've not been for five years or so now. We have better relationships with each other. We've moved on it feels like it did in the 1980s, which is a great thing. Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic. They're currently in Australia, where Hammett says mainman Ulrich chooses the setlist each night based on a set of statistics. He explains: Basically Lars looks at what we played in Australia in 1989. 1993 and 2004. He pulls together a setlist that comprises all the songs we have to play, all the new songs we want to play, and a certain amount of songs we haven't played here yet. Thanks for the report to RockRadio.

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    EvilSquid
    Id give a crap about their relationships the day they start making better records...
    metallica-#1
    phuckoph : I only said it b/c I've never mentioned it before.. but yeah.. it angered me. He's a baby. and a dick. and a shi* drummer. and I'm 28, dude... not 15. and yeah, I know u can dl music newhere, but idc. he was(is, will always be) a douche, and nobody slapped him for it. He's still got that comin. and a measurable percentage of the global population would pay to deliver that slap, myself included. so, I would like to OFFICIALLY call out Lars. meet me in the parkin lot and I'll stomp ur ass like u wish u could stomp a double bass pedal.
    you say theres a measurable percentage of the global population who would pay to deliver that slap, yourself included. but what you fail to realise, is theres an even greater percentage of the global population who would gladly stand between you and your goal. myself included so lets see how tough you really are Keyboard Warrior when you go to deliver your girly little "slap" and you've got the Metal Militia standing infront of you.
    DelawareSucks
    I'll rewrite this article. "The guys in Metallica have kids. So they stopped being alcoholics. Bye"
    guitfiddleRR
    Yes well....if metallica is finally done having their 15 year long midlife crisis, perhaps its time for them to enter the studio and bring us some real music, instead of writing about..well...having a midlife crisis
    JoeyNOTShaw
    all you people who Metallica are beginnign to run out of fuel (no pun intended). you had your fun with St.Anger (which I liked. it had drive to it) but now that Metallica is back on top with a great new record you gotta pick on Kirk and their age. grow up. Kirk would wipe the floor with you and your wanna-be dragonforce ibanez's. and James has the tightest rythm in Metal. so get over the fact their rich now. so their careers worked out and they got money. dont be jealous. Metallica are metal monsters. DEAL WITH IT.
    vikingman369
    Thomasg2488 wrote: TheTones wrote: jpk6044 wrote: "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty. What Death Magnetic is one of their best albums D:jpk6044 wrote: "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty. Would you prefer Load, Reload or St. Anger?
    Actually I would. Death Magnetic marked a REAL selling out in that Metallica gave up exploring and experimenting to satisfy the bitching of fickle Slayer-fan-boys who wanted 80s-hair-thrash-metal rather than blues-influenced heavy metal...and even DM was bashed because it was "too loud" it's not metal if it isn't ****ing loud, you unsatisfiable douches!
    technoguyx
    crazysam23_Atax wrote: "...Sometimes I feel like they are my other wives.HAHA! Thanks for that, Kirk.
    I smiled at that too ;P
    jean_genie
    Thomasg2488 wrote: Luke200420 wrote: Would you prefer Load, Reload or St. Anger? Personally I prefer Load over Death Magnetic. seriously? then you must not be any older than fifteen to like that. Old Metallica all the way, Death Magentic is simply a modernized version of that.
    That's funny, because I'm WAY older than fifteen, and like most of those albums. They're stylistically different. I think the best Stones records were all made when Mick Taylor was in the band, but they had most of their hits before and after him. Shoot, Exile on Main Street, my favourite Stones record, had probably the lowest ratio of tracks to hits out of anything they made from '65 to '77 or so. But it has a certain vibe I liked. So I can understand why he'd like Load. And maybe ReLoad. Saint Anger did suck though. I'll give you that one.
    phuckoph
    I only said it b/c I've never mentioned it before.. but yeah.. it angered me. He's a baby. and a dick. and a shi* drummer. and I'm 28, dude... not 15. and yeah, I know u can dl music newhere, but idc. he was(is, will always be) a douche, and nobody slapped him for it. He's still got that comin. and a measurable percentage of the global population would pay to deliver that slap, myself included. so, I would like to OFFICIALLY call out Lars. meet me in the parkin lot and I'll stomp ur ass like u wish u could stomp a double bass pedal.
    brett dixon
    Maybe it's time for the one and only Brett Dixon to start writing articles for this website. That way there will be no more misleading titles.
    eastern_riffs
    Kirk is gay, agreed.. and this..
    metallica-#1 wrote: phuckoph : I only said it b/c I've never mentioned it before.. but yeah.. it angered me. He's a baby. and a dick. and a shi* drummer. and I'm 28, dude... not 15. and yeah, I know u can dl music newhere, but idc. he was(is, will always be) a douche, and nobody slapped him for it. He's still got that comin. and a measurable percentage of the global population would pay to deliver that slap, myself included. so, I would like to OFFICIALLY call out Lars. meet me in the parkin lot and I'll stomp ur ass like u wish u could stomp a double bass pedal. you say theres a measurable percentage of the global population who would pay to deliver that slap, yourself included. but what you fail to realise, is theres an even greater percentage of the global population who would gladly stand between you and your goal. myself included so lets see how tough you really are Keyboard Warrior when you go to deliver your girly little "slap" and you've got the Metal Militia standing infront of you.
    gay with the so called metallica militia.
    RockInPeaceDime
    jpk6044 wrote: "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty.
    Open the dictionary to the word "acclaimed."
    jason7799
    Every band need s to slow down at a certain time...they are the only band that i can think of that has kept going for this long though...kudos
    Guru.Guitar.Boy
    Guys, no need to fight over something like this. i don't know why people don't understand that everyone has a different opinion. (yes i know that i sound like your mom) :-
    jollyNZ
    geez theres sum angry ppl on here haha. going to metallica in a few days, and again in a few weeks, looking forward to it, they gonna kick arse.
    susilo
    IRONDEATH123 wrote: No one really cares. Iron Maiden is 100x better
    yeah, iron maiden just like sugar factory.
    TechnicolorType
    "all the songs we have to play" lol does that mean Enter Sandman, One, Master of Puppets, etc etc etc.
    CoreysMonster
    I mean, I'm really happy for them that they got back together and kicked bad habits and addictions, because lord knows that aint easy. But plenty of people have done it, and they sure dont go wandering around wearing it on their sleeve.
    CoreysMonster
    I'm just gonna go out and say it: I'm really tired about hearing of Metallica's "oh we were addicts" sob stories. We know. We've all seen the documentary. You've been saying you feel like the olden days and changed men for years now. Shut up and talk about something else.
    jacobvsmith
    mpk3432 wrote: Metallica1554 wrote: They are...metal monsters. who all thought tht the title meant they weren't a huge band anymore??
    I did. I was like, woah this will be interesting. Then I read it and figured out that anyone with a brain knew this. Once you have kids, you mature. Makes sense.
    jason7799
    mpk3432 wrote: Metallica1554 wrote: They are...metal monsters. who all thought tht the title meant they weren't a huge band anymore??
    The name will always have THE standard mpk
    mpk3432
    Metallica1554 wrote: They are...metal monsters.
    who all thought tht the title meant they weren't a huge band anymore??
    the_burning_one
    "Lets see how tough you are with the metal militia standing in front of you!" I'm a huge metallica fan, but that statement was the gayest thing i've heard in a long time.
    Radz117
    Holy shit! For a sec I thought the title was a fancy way of saying "Metallica have disbanded".
    mac_attack
    I always like listening to Kirk, his humility is admirable, with all the cocky egomaniacs in this business.
    eastern_riffs
    KataklysmDeth wrote: TheTones wrote: jpk6044 wrote: "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty. What Death Magnetic is one of their best albums D: Best, I don't know. One of the better, yes. I think they have another Master of puppets in them. If they do another it'll probably be their last. eastern_riffs wrote: Kirk is gay, agreed.. and this.. metallica-#1 wrote: phuckoph : I only said it b/c I've never mentioned it before.. but yeah.. it angered me. He's a baby. and a dick. and a shi* drummer. and I'm 28, dude... not 15. and yeah, I know u can dl music newhere, but idc. he was(is, will always be) a douche, and nobody slapped him for it. He's still got that comin. and a measurable percentage of the global population would pay to deliver that slap, myself included. so, I would like to OFFICIALLY call out Lars. meet me in the parkin lot and I'll stomp ur ass like u wish u could stomp a double bass pedal. you say theres a measurable percentage of the global population who would pay to deliver that slap, yourself included. but what you fail to realise, is theres an even greater percentage of the global population who would gladly stand between you and your goal. myself included so lets see how tough you really are Keyboard Warrior when you go to deliver your girly little "slap" and you've got the Metal Militia standing infront of you. gay with the so called metallica militia. You do realize that, with me included, Metallica has the biggest fan base across the world than any living band? I would love to see someone try to fight any one of the original three. Kirk I don't really care for but if anyone tried to hit James... One: good luck with that hes a pretty big guy. Two: You wouldn't even get close.
    right. funny how you think I want to 'fight' the boys from metallica. grow up dude, this isn't a grade 4 forum. but dont confuse Metal Militia with Metallica Militia - they're two different things in today's relevance. You're the latter.
    OXL
    JoeyNOTShaw wrote: all you people who Metallica are beginnign to run out of fuel (no pun intended). you had your fun with St.Anger (which I liked. it had drive to it) but now that Metallica is back on top with a great new record you gotta pick on Kirk and their age. grow up. Kirk would wipe the floor with you and your wanna-be dragonforce ibanez's. and James has the tightest rythm in Metal. so get over the fact their rich now. so their careers worked out and they got money. dont be jealous. Metallica are metal monsters. DEAL WITH IT.
    Get real, I still love the old Metallica, DM is step in the reight direction but it doesn't have the same depth as the fist 4. It's like most contemporary metal, it lacks depth. But maybe we're just getting old. Anyhow, who are you to telling us what to like? Oh, I have two ESP's, one I purchased as a backup and one I got from a friend, my Ibanez plays a milion times better.
    KataklysmDeth
    JoeyNOTShaw wrote: all you people who Metallica are beginnign to run out of fuel (no pun intended). you had your fun with St.Anger (which I liked. it had drive to it) but now that Metallica is back on top with a great new record you gotta pick on Kirk and their age. grow up. Kirk would wipe the floor with you and your wanna-be dragonforce ibanez's. and James has the tightest rythm in Metal. so get over the fact their rich now. so their careers worked out and they got money. dont be jealous. Metallica are metal monsters. DEAL WITH IT.
    um....bro...I own an ESP explorer and an Ibanez...my Ibanez plays better. Don't try to bash guitars. IE the Herman Li signature is a POS but the Sam toteman is a beast ibanez.
    KataklysmDeth
    TheTones wrote: jpk6044 wrote: "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty. What Death Magnetic is one of their best albums D:
    Best, I don't know. One of the better, yes. I think they have another Master of puppets in them. If they do another it'll probably be their last.
    eastern_riffs wrote: Kirk is gay, agreed.. and this.. metallica-#1 wrote: phuckoph : I only said it b/c I've never mentioned it before.. but yeah.. it angered me. He's a baby. and a dick. and a shi* drummer. and I'm 28, dude... not 15. and yeah, I know u can dl music newhere, but idc. he was(is, will always be) a douche, and nobody slapped him for it. He's still got that comin. and a measurable percentage of the global population would pay to deliver that slap, myself included. so, I would like to OFFICIALLY call out Lars. meet me in the parkin lot and I'll stomp ur ass like u wish u could stomp a double bass pedal. you say theres a measurable percentage of the global population who would pay to deliver that slap, yourself included. but what you fail to realise, is theres an even greater percentage of the global population who would gladly stand between you and your goal. myself included so lets see how tough you really are Keyboard Warrior when you go to deliver your girly little "slap" and you've got the Metal Militia standing infront of you. gay with the so called metallica militia.
    You do realize that, with me included, Metallica has the biggest fan base across the world than any living band? I would love to see someone try to fight any one of the original three. Kirk I don't really care for but if anyone tried to hit James... One: good luck with that hes a pretty big guy. Two: You wouldn't even get close.
    RockInPeaceDime
    lmao It's amazing that people still give a flying **** about the Napster stuff. Talk about a grudge..good lord. They believed in a principle, they followed that principle, the courts ruled in their favor at that point in time (it was a fairly revolutionary technology), shit went down, life went on, you can download almost relentlessly in most places around the world now with little chance of being caught. Get the hell over it, my god. The problem people have (and always have had) with Metallica is that they're human beings. Let it die already, please. Teenage angst stops being cool when you hit about age 15 or 16.
    phuckoph
    I guess now's a good time to mention Napster, too. Cry baby... Couldn't be happy with the millions u already had. no talent... not a cool person.... How have you lasted in this band? making set lists? doing laundry? I'm astonished.
    bustapr
    Hammett tells The Age: ... Sometimes I feel like they are my other wives.
    I used to defend him when people said he was gay, now i dont know.
    FearOfTheDuck
    If you look at their set lists they have set staples but also play different songs every night. How many other bands do that? Metallica love their job and no one can bring them down
    TheTones
    jpk6044 wrote: "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty.
    What Death Magnetic is one of their best albums D:
    jpk6044
    "Metallica have just commenced the final leg of their two-year world tour supporting the acclaimed album Death Magnetic." Acclaimed? Really? Try sh!tty.