Is Lars Ulrich, the drummer of Metallica, one of the most hated musicians on the internet? It certainly seems so! Where ever Metallica is posted anywhere on the internet, he is almost always getting bashed on by most of the haters. Why? It’s usually people saying the same things about him. His drumming skills always get slammed and people call him a crazy meat head. He still gets criticized for his lawsuit threats at Napster years back, even to this day. He also gets criticized for the way he performs on stage at Metallica concerts. Usually the same old arguments, nothing new, with nothing to back it up.
You see, I respect Lars as a musician. I mean, if he was a shit drummer, then Metallica wouldn’t become one of the biggest bands in the world right? It seems that Lars Ulrich is the leader of Metallica. I watch all the Metallica video blogs in youtube, the studio stuff and all the backstage stuff at concerts, and it does seem that Lars have creative control of everything. Why? Because Metallica is Lars band! He was the one who formed the band himself way back in 1981. Lars put an advertisement in the newspapers and James Hetfield was one of the first musicians to respond. Metallica formed from there.
No matter what you think of Lars, you can’t deny his work ethic. He is a pretty hard working guy. Lars is the one who helped James write all the songs for Metallica. Watch all the videos for proof. Lars will instruct James to play better and Lars won’t be afraid to say what is great and what is bad, about James playing. Metallica is always touring non stop. Always on the road, whether in the USA or over seas. Yes, Lars maybe a little crazy but in a good way. He seems like a very friendly and down to earth guy to me, after watching most of the Metallica meet & greet videos. Lars may be a huge pain in the ass to the other members of the band at times, but Lars wants what’s best for Metallica. That’s all he’s doing. He cares for the band and Metallica fans. He wants to put on the best music as possible, he is just doing whatever it takes to make that happen.
Metallica continues to sell millions of records and sell out arenas all over the world, so they must be doing something right. So I don’t understand the hate toward Lars? Lars survived 30 years of Metallica. 30 fucking years, long days of recording, touring, playing the same songs over and over. You can’t deny that’s pretty impressive. This is also part of the reason I respect Metallica. I respect their legacy, their work ethic, their talent, and songwriting. They certainly know what they’re doing and they aren’t afraid to do different things whether people liked it or not. I never had a problem with Lars.
Also, Metallica supports other bands & artists. Doing their own Orion festival is proof that they support other music, other than their own. So it shows that Metallica, don’t have an ego problem at all. They’re pretty respectful to other talent and they don’t think they’re better than others. I will always respect Metallica no matter what people think. With Metallica’s next album, if they plan to move away from speed metal again I’ll have no problem with that either. It’s called creative control with your music. Metallica just wrote whatever comes out of them when it comes to songwriting together. They can’t help it if they write out of the speed metal genre. It is pretty sad that Metallica has so many haters though. I just try to ignore them all, the best I can.