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.

145 comments sorted by best / new / date

    zefs
    Yes finally some guitar solos by Lars :p On a more serious note, can't wait for the album!
    Mustaine1940
    maybe he'd be a little more talented on a guitar than drums
    PowerStruggle
    why the downvotes? he's a terrible drummer for someone in his position
    helltothee
    Dyers Eve.
    Lightning_Ray
    The entire ...And Justice For All album has some fantastic drum work from Lars in my opinion, as well as Trapped Under Ice.
    MR.LZZYHALE
    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
    fras1788
    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"
    stonedhippos
    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.
    poisonousmetal
    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.
    PowerStruggle
    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.
    Manlover
    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.
    PowerStruggle
    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.
    poisonousmetal
    "I could outplay him easily, as could millions of drummers." That you know, ummmm doesn't sound nice
    latinromans
    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.
    AnacondaReborn
    must have* wtf is must of? engrish,preeze. you must of never hopped in front a dictionary before.
    M149CDeath08
    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.
    Sheep Shagger
    Geezer Butler answered it best: Q: "What does Rick Rubin bring to the table?" A: "A bottle of water."
    llBlackenedll
    Well "The Table" must get pretty tired after all that shouting.
    scrymusic
    I was awaiting for a Lulu references after your comment..
    GhostPlayground
    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.
    IrishConnor1994
    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
    Chronologo
    there's a theory that says, in order to compensate 1 bad thing you need 2.7 good things
    Metallidethium
    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"
    third(-)eye
    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.
    badfish_lewis
    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"
    TomWhaley
    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...
    allthingsgood
    I think Lars was just joking about it. I mean, he knows St. Anger wasn't received well by critics.
    JAHellraiser
    New Metallica album to also feature bass, cymbals, and vocals. Certainly a surprising combination
    Kueller917
    There's snare drums and guitar solos. They're clearly doing some experimental stuff on this new album.
    goremetal22
    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
    goremetal22
    So true @Badass. He's overdosing on wah and it's affecting his ability to write great solos again.
    strat0blaster
    There wasn't enough snare drum on St Anger? What the hell parallel universe is this article existing in?
    jwalk3r
    Death Magnetic was a pretty decent album. I'd like to see where they take it
    Metaliccca
    I once played tennis with Lars, we ended up ****ing in the porta-potty. Sometimes ya gotta keep an open mind
    Nintorii
    I really ****ing hate when people say that Lars is a terrible drummer because of that video on Youtube. He was having an off day, everyone has them. He's a damn good drummer and I'd like to see any haters play better then him. Anyways, can't wait for the album. Really have high hopes for this, I've never been disappointed by them. (Yes, I'm one of the few that not love, but like Lulu and Load through St. Anger)
    tennesseehild
    Metallica annonces new album is almost done, tomorrows news Metallica announces that they will not put out the new album until 2017.
    Abacus11
    Imagine Metallica with a good (or even decent) drummer. Just think about it for like 10 seconds. Alright. That's all.
    Jazz1992
    There was a Metallica show where Lars couldn't play so they brought in some replacement drummers, Dave Lombardo among others. Not a Lars hater or anything, but that was probably the first time I heard Battery played right live.
    j-mac71
    snare drum, cool! too bad you already said a few weeks ago your playing has regressed because you dont practice.
    6con6man6
    How could his drumming possibly regress any further than what it is anyway haha
    ne14t
    Meh I didn't mind St. Anger too much it was unique, really liked the direction of Death Magnetic but the final edit was meh different engineer would have been a better choice and maybe the odd short song to break it up a little, other then that for a band that has been playing for nearly 40 years they aren't doing too shabby.
    6-String_Madman
    Lars is one of the main songwriters in the band. Along with James, he decides what to put or not to put in a song. Hence, his statement.
    Dynamight
    Considering who plays the solos, it would be better if there weren't any.
    crazysam23_Atax
    When you sell millions of records, then you can talk shit, kid. Right now, all you're actually legitimately able to say is, "I (read: Dynamight) don't like the solos."
    dewitt
    All I read here: "I'm upset because Dynamight doesn't like the same things I do." Since when does popularity equal a right to criticize something? Are you saying we should ask Justin Bieber what he thinks about it? Just as you are (unfortunately) free to throw childish "If you can't do better, you can't even have an opinion" sort of comments out there, Dynamight is free to dislike solos from Kirk Hammett, etc., and voice his opinion on the matter. For all you know, Dynamight could be the most incredible unknown guitarist the world has never seen, but that's also completely beside the point.
    Dynamight
    Well you're clearly wrong about that, given that I'm talking shit right now and I haven't sold a single record.
    fastfingers10
    let's see you do better.... didn't think so.
    Dynamight
    Since when do critics have to do "better" before they criticize something? I see plenty of album reviews on this site, made by people who never wrote a song or don't even play an instrumentare you saying they shouldn't be allowed to express their opinion?
    fastfingers10
    I never said you couldn't, I am merely expressing my opinion as well and yet you're trying to tell me off as well. It goes both ways. Anybody can express their opinion, and people are allowed to express back; whether its opposing or not. Mine was simply out of anger because EVERYBODY tries to insult Kirk Hammett saying he isn't good anymore. The guy was amazing in the 80's and now since he isn't playing up to your par; your writing him off. It's not just you, it's a lot of people. Since my comment offended you, I apologize.
    PowerStruggle
    That's a bold proposition. There's some serious talent on this website. Dynamight could be a ****ing virtuoso compared to Kirk Hammett - which would not be that difficult at all.
    MetalMullet
    Let me get this "sell out" thing straight. Does the expression refer to bands that want to make money out of their music? Wouldn't that make all the existing bands out there...no that can't be. Can it?
    ChickenSalad
    They're not sellouts. Experimenting and changing your musical style is great. The thing with Metallica is that they're overrated.
    Mustaine1940
    all props to metallica for their success but i do think from 91-2012 they are or were a sellout band i find that its cool they have their own record label now so maybe a little more independance to do their own thing, i dont like anything from metallica since and justice for all, and i feel without cliff and mustaine they dropped drastically in musical talent, really didnt help kirk whined about a metal band following metal trends of playing solos..... but i think if they get this record right a stronmg metal album with the metallica tone and speed they could get their real dedicated fans back that they are losing due to genre change, like me for example still think megadeths way better musically, but itd be nice ot get the biggest metal band ever back on track
    vikkyvik
    I think that the "fans" who always claim that they sold out are probably the fans they don't want or need back.
    morbidguitar
    if it wasnt for those fans in the 80s and early 90s there wouldnt be a metallica.... They should have changed their name to Lumberwagon back in 1993
    crazysam23_Atax
    Ya know, 10 years ago, the kids were whinin' about how Metallica sold out. The thing is, there's no such thing as "selling out". If you didn't like their music from '91-2012, then fine. But don't act like they "sold out". It's childish.
    SmittyMan90
    Yeah because Load/Reload were definitely a sellout move after the success of the black album.
    saint_berzerker
    If you weren't a fan before the "Black" album, then anyone commenting on fans before that album don't have a leg to stand on. Metallica made a HUUUUGE shift in their music in 1991. It wasn't a little different...it was enormous. I didn't like it either. Whether it's called "selling out" or whatever, it stunk to most of the fans that liked the first 4 records. Selling out is altering your art to make more money. In a way, that's what they did. Bob Rock led them in that direction. With that being said, changing styles doesn't mean selling out. Most people's tastes change as they get older.
    GenerationKILL
    Its also been well documented that Metallica toured in support of 1988's "and justice for all" for nearly 4 years before recording "the black album" They said they got tired of playing songs that were extremely intricate and 8 minutes long, night after night. The Black Album was the anti-thesis of "and justice for all." Where " 'Justice" was fast, technical, intricate and long, the black album was, short, sweet, catchy and not a daunting task. If you chronologically examine each metallica album since 1983, they build on progression and technicality, right up to "and justice for all" which was the epitome of that sort of sound, then they broke the mould in other areas with "the black album." People often say if Cliff were still around, they'd sound heavier and more thrashy still. Not true, Cliff actually loved stuff like "thin lizzy" and even more mainstream rock. His musical taste can be evident on the bass interlude to "Orion," which he wrote himself. Not exactly "extreme" music, is it? If you watched "cliff 'em all" which is footage from when they were younger, you'll realize Metallica never "sold out" they just got old, and have always had progressive tendencies, they've also always worked hard and reap the benefits of it by being such a successful band.
    6-String_Madman
    I could not help but agree. The band is all about diversity, progression and doing what they want to musically and beyond regardless of what other people might think. I've watched a Lars Ulrich interview back in early '86 (look it up on Youtube) when the MOP tour is about to start in the UK. He was asked if what genre does the album fall to and he stressed out that even that they might well be the band that is considered the founding fathers of Thrash, they would not want to be considered be so.
    N7Crazy
    Cliff was always the more openminded guy of the band - as a little known fact, he was actually a fan of R.E.M (before they became really huge with the album "Document", which was released the year after Cliff's death)
    vikkyvik
    I commented on fans who accuse them of selling out. Nothing to do with when you became a fan. If you didn't like tht HUUUUGE shift in their music, that's perfectly fine. I'm sure they didn't expect everyone to go along for the ride. It's funny how you're not allowed to change your sound in any way, shape, or form that will make you more money.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    people are questioning what rick rubin does. "we love him were in touch with him constantly." whos asking this question? especially the fact that he gets paid to simply be rick rubin. that was just dumb at the end
    dewitt
    You've nearly answered your own question there. Keep talking it out, and I think you'll get it.
    Joey Radical
    Kirk has actually started to impress me. I saw a recent video where he actually nailed the Master of Puppets solo. Also this was WITHOUT a wah-wah. Seems that he's actually learned how to play guitar after all these years of touring. Good job, Kirk! Now only Lars needs to learn how to play and they'd actually be a good band.
    qrEE
    Do us a favor Metallica - ditch Rick Rubin. Seriously, Death Magnetic was horribly produced. Remember to TURN IT DOWN A BIT, and turn the bass up.