Lars Ulrich Promises Guitar Solos On New Album

Drummer offers first insight into new record.

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered the first insight into the new Metallica album, reassuring fans that the record will feature snare drum and guitar solos, the two things lacking from 2003's often derided "St. Anger" album:

"The stuff that we were banging out yesterday, it felt heavy, it felt energetic, it was loud, it was fast, it was rocking, it was crazy," he said, adding: "The snare drum was on there and there were guitar solos, in case anybody was wondering."

"What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation of where we left off four years ago."

Ulrich's comments have also cast some doubt over what role producer Rick Rubin will play on the record. Rubin had produced Metallica's 2008 record "Death Magnetic", and was expected to produce the follow-up. However, when asked about Rubin's role, Ulrich responded with: "I love Rick, we all love Rick. We're in touch with Rick constantly. We'll see where it goes."

The album will be the first studio record to be released by Metallica's recently formed Blackened Records label.

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    Yes finally some guitar solos by Lars :p On a more serious note, can't wait for the album!
    I actually also thought he was gonna do the solos himself. This really didnt need to be announced, if it was right after St. Anger yes this would be awesome news. But since its after both Magnetics already I think we all kinda assumed they do solos again. Even live performances of St. Anger songs have improve solos in them.
    maybe he'd be a little more talented on a guitar than drums
    why the downvotes? he's a terrible drummer for someone in his position
    Dyers Eve.
    The entire ...And Justice For All album has some fantastic drum work from Lars in my opinion, as well as Trapped Under Ice.
    Yeah dudei think ...And Justice For All was t best for drummin. think M.O.P. was the best for guitar solos what do you think
    You must of never hopped behind a set of drums before. Lars is a great drummer, go **** yourself, after you listen to the drums on One. Do you know how hard it is to play double bass pedal with accuracy? Obviously not. You are just blatantly hating on Lars to be a "hipster"
    neil peart is a great drummer inferno is a great drummer gene hoglan is a great drummer i wouldn't say that lars ulrich totally sucks, but he definitely is not as good as he was during the 80s and early 90s.
    Correction Neil Peart & Bonham are gods. As far as Thrashing is concerned, Lars is a beast, not as much as Lombardo, but he's a beast.
    lolwat. I am a drummer, and "One" is very very easy after a couple years of playing. I am not knocking Lars to be a, whatever the **** you just called me, but I am not going to worship a drummer who never ever practices. I will give credit where it's due and say he used to write fantastic drumkit parts, such as "One" and he is the reason I picked up the sticks. But he sucks now. Get over it and don't call me stupid names like hipster just because I can tell when a drummer practices. How immature you have made yourself seem.
    Danny Carey eats Lars for snacks. And the double-bass pedal in "One" isn't hard at all, a newbie drummer can pull that off.
    for the record, Lars can barely play One himself now. I could outplay him easily, as could millions of drummers. That is not to say I wouldn't buy him a beer and tell him how much of an inspiration he is. Why do people get SO defensive about Lars Ulrich's drumming? It's hilarious.
    "I could outplay him easily, as could millions of drummers." That you know, ummmm doesn't sound nice
    yeah, after learning to play polyrythms and a couple tool drum lines being able to play a consistent double kick rhythm just doesn't sound that impressive, if a guitarist came up to me and said he was great because he could tremolo pick consistently I would be on the floor laughing my ass off, being able to do basic rock rythms and the and a blast beat fast and consistent is really just very basic musicianship, basically any drummer who's practiced on a double kick consistentally for a couple weeks should be able to do that, it's like a driver saying how impressive his driving skill are because he can use a clutch smoothly. not saying he's not a good drummer, I really appreciate some of his composition on the early albums but he's not exactly bill bruford or buddy rich. he's an average metal drummer who can play along to slightly unconventional rythms and theres no shame in that, I love metallica and metallica wouldn't be the same without him, not everyone in your favorite band has to be a virtuoso.
    must have* wtf is must of? engrish,preeze. you must of never hopped in front a dictionary before.
    Sheep Shagger
    Geezer Butler answered it best: Q: "What does Rick Rubin bring to the table?" A: "A bottle of water."
    Well "The Table" must get pretty tired after all that shouting.
    I was awaiting for a Lulu references after your comment..
    Personally, I think that Lulu was an album that was 80% good. The problem was that the other 20% was so bad it made me turn off the album and laugh.
    Some of the music on Lulu wasn't bad, I just couldn't get past the fact that Lou Reed was saying the lyrics instead of singing, it was almost like he was rambling to Metallica jamming
    there's a theory that says, in order to compensate 1 bad thing you need 2.7 good things
    This is supposedly thrash metal, why should they have to tell us there will be guitar solos and snare drum. What I would like to hear them say is "Kirk lost his wah pedal. He's devastated but coping"
    Apparently that's all Metallica cares about nowadays in their music; solos and snare drum. Doesn't matter if they sound good, just as long as they're loud.
    I'm happy that Lars didn't forget to have some snare drum in there. I just want to pat him on the head and tell him "it's okay, it's okay"
    It seems like they are thriving in how terrible "St. Anger" was by promising to make a better record than that. However, this article may have been relevant if "St. Anger" was their last album...
    I think Lars was just joking about it. I mean, he knows St. Anger wasn't received well by critics.
    New Metallica album to also feature bass, cymbals, and vocals. Certainly a surprising combination
    There's snare drums and guitar solos. They're clearly doing some experimental stuff on this new album.
    Hopefully Kirk lays off the wah pedal a bit this album. I don't mind a nice wah solo from time to time, but my god, EVERY damn solo!? C'mon Kirk leave it in it's case for a few songs...
    Badass UltraMan
    Hell, I don't mind it being used in every solo if it is used tastefully like in Metallica's early days. Kirk used to be a hell of a lot more subtle when using it but it seems he has lost that subtlety and now favours wah as a spice to hide rotten meat instead of a supplement to good meat. I found every Kirk solo on Death Magnetic (with the exception of Unforgiven III) to be absolutely appalling to listen to because he seemed to have a complete lack of ideas which he then masked with a laughable amount of wah. For me the best solo on that album is a James Hetfield solo
    So true @Badass. He's overdosing on wah and it's affecting his ability to write great solos again.