Even a band as prolific as Metallica has a song that Lars Ulrich would be fine if he never had to hear it or play it again.
The drummer took part in a lengthy interview with Vulture and was asked to name the Metallica song he never wants to hear again. “There’s a song called ‘Eye of the Beholder’ on the Justice album,” Ulrich said.
“Wherever I hear that song, it sounds kind of like — I guess we don’t want to be super-disrespectful to it — but it sounds really forced. It sounds like you put a square peg in a round hole.”
Part of his frustration stems from his thought that the song “sounds like it’s got two different tempos.”
“There’s kind of a 4/4 feel in the intro and on the verses, and then I think the choruses are more like in a waltz temp,” he said. “It literally sounds like two different worlds rubbing up against each other. It sounds very awkward to me. I’m not a huge fan of that song.”
Lars admitted the band “did the best we could each moment,” but he’s not losing sleep over the song. “It goes back to that whole thing about the past is the past, and I don’t spend a long time back there,” he said.
Following that statement, Ulrich made what some might take as a shocking admission. He doesn’t listen to a lot of Metallica’s music. He’s got a couple reasons why he doesn’t.
“Part of it is because I’m sort of overly analytical,” he said. “It’s basically almost impossible for me to listen to a Metallica song without going, ‘Okay, how are the sonics, how’s the mix, how does the guitar sound? The vocals are too loud, the bass is too boomy.’ It becomes this exercise in analytics.”
“When you hear your favorite band — like if I listened to Rage Against the Machine or something, I just f*****g let myself go,” he added. “But when Metallica comes on it’s like, ‘Huh?’”
Because of that, Lars has developed a standard response whenever he’s asked what his favorite Metallica music is. “Before they finish that question, I would say, ‘The next one.’ If I’m not more excited about the next one, what’s the point of making it?”