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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Says He’s Regressed as a Drummer

Lars Ulrich
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Metallica have become one of the biggest bands in the world, but they can be as humble as any regular person off the street. Drummer Lars Ulrich thinks his ability as a stickman has diminished over the years and isn’t afraid to admit it.

As Blabbermouth points out, Ulrich was interviewed by DRUM! Magazine while in New York City. Metallica just released a 4-song EP called Beyond Magnetic, which were leftovers from their 2008 Death Magnetic album. The man who led the charge against Napster looked back at 30 years of Metallica and what it means to him. Surprisingly, he feels like his talents haven’t kept up with age.

“I usually feel like I’ve regressed,” says Ulrich. “I’m like, ‘Why can’t I do that anymore?’ You know, when I heard these songs a couple of months ago, I thought that it sounded really exciting. I thought there was a really good, lively vibe — it’s a bunch of guys just playing together, and it sounded really full of energy and spunk and liveliness.”

Lars also talked about how much drumming has changed in the thrash metal scene since he started. While he respects the new breed of speed-metal drummers in the genre today, it’s not a style that will be featured on a future Metallica record anytime soon.

“Those guys [the new crop of speed-metal drummers], I think they do something that’s so … that’s not the stuff that I do,” Ulrich admits. “Not just not what I do but also not what I’m interested in doing. Their stuff is so technical, and I totally respect it, I admire it, but I’m much more interested in kind of more traditional things, like songwriting and groove and attitude and vibe.”

Watch Metallica’s full set from day one of their first-ever Orion Music + More Festival this past weekend, which includes the metal icons playing their classic 1984 album, Ride the Lightning, in its entirety.

Watch Metallica Perform at Orion Music + More Fest

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