Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: “If Our ‘Slump’ Was The Mid-90s, I’m Pretty Happy With That”
“The bad thing [about] the Internet is that at some point everything becomes these super short sound bites,” he tells The Talks. “Everything is sort of getting shorter and shorter because people have a shorter and shorter attention span and there’s a tendency to define everything. So define Metallica: ‘Metallica had a bunch of pioneering records in the ’80s and then they had a slump in the ’90s and then they figured it all out again in the 2000s.’
“If our slump was the mid-’90s, I think that’s pretty good. We pushed four records out in four years — ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99 — and if those four records are our not-great records, then I’m pretty happy with that because I think all four of those records are pretty fucking cool.
“Each one of those records, each one of those time frames, was always the best it could be at the time, the most it could be, the best we had to offer,” the drummer adds. “The one thing I’ll always hold my head up high about is that 32 years later, it’s been quite a ride — it’s been a pretty pure ride, a pretty honest ride, a pretty straight ride — we haven’t done things for ulterior motives or tried to do things for commercial gains or for this or for that, so I feel pretty proud of all of it. I think I can look myself in the mirror and go, ‘It’s okay,’ because that was what I felt at the moment and I did my best. I’m pretty pleased with the first 32 years, so we’ll see what the next 32 years bring.”