Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica, never stays on the beat, according to the band’s frontman.
FRONTMAN OF METALLICA Lars Ulrich, who, according to James Hetfield, “never keeps the beat” like most drummers, “never keeps the beat” onstage. He also mentioned the legends who influenced him as guitarists.
Lars Ulrich put an ad in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler 40 years ago, writing, “Drummer looking for fellow metal musicians to jam with.” James Hetfield responded, becoming the band’s second founding member with over 125 million albums sold. Offstage, their relationship is defined by the clash of the two’s vastly opposing personalities, and Hetfield admitted in 2017: “Lars and I went through some pretty bad periods.” Many bands do not.” Onstage, though, Hetfield claims that something extraordinary always happens: “All four of us are good musicians, but there is a fifth element of Metallica when we get together.” It’s a sorcerer’s key.”
Hetfield also spoke about the renowned guitarists that have influenced him in a memorable interview.
“My rhythm gods are Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Rudolf Schenker of The Scorpions, and Malcolm Young of AC/DC — guys that just keep it steady,” he remarked.
“The Ramones, too, with their simplicity, and even the Misfits. It’s all about nitpicking! “Watch some Johnny Ramone footage and you’ll say, ‘Wow!’”
Hetfield went on to say that his “percussive” guitar technique and the incredible way he and Ulrich play off each other stem from his own drumming abilities.
“I adore playing drums, so a lot of the rhythms come from beats that I have in my head,” he told Total Guitar.
Lars is constantly going against the riff with Metallica. It’s almost as if I’m the drummer and he’s playing counter-rhythms.
“Onstage, Lars’ ear monitors are filled with nothing but my guitar and some vocals. So I’m kind of keeping the song’s speed, while he’s free to go a bit crazy on the drums.”
Metallica’s legend explained how his relationship with Ulrich allowed his talents to blossom.
“There’s plenty of area for me to lay down. I might not be able to be as loose as I’d like on some things because everything gets a little unsteady when I get loose! But, you know, I can show Lars some drum stuff and he can show me riff stuff.
“I’m a frustrated drummer,” says Brinkwire.