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Though he’s arguably the easiest target for criticism in all of heavy metal, there’s simply no denying Lars Ulrich’s contribution heavy metal, as we know it. As the co-founder and drummer of Metallica, Lars helped usher in a new era of not just heavy metal, but music in general. After all, there are very few metal bands today that won’t list Metallica as a major influence, and you can thank Lars in large part for that.
That being said, he’s still a target nonetheless. He’s mainly criticized for his technique behind the drum kit. Whether it’s rushing a song to almost twice its tempo, or overusing 8th-note fills, Lars sort of makes himself easy to pick on, but to be absolutely fair, he just admitted something that would probably explain all of that.
During a recent interview with Polar Music Prize, Lars Ulrich opened up more about his drumming and technique. Read what he just said about his ‘ability’.
“I’ve never been very interested in ability. ‘Oh, wow! This guy is so great!’ Yeah, he’s so great’, but it doesn’t mean that he can make it swing, or it doesn’t mean that he can make it work within a group or a collective.”
Now to be fair, a lot of drummers also share this viewpoint. As a metal drummer, you don’t have time to focus on the essentials, you’re often times too busy melting faces, but that’s neither here nor there…