Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: We Can Do Whatever We Want on Next Album


Story by Charles Ken

Lars Ulrich says Metallica are ‘picking out great riffs’ for upcoming LP

Following Metallica’s “Lulu” collaboration with Lou Reed, the guys are ready to get back to making their trademark heavy metal and pounding thrash. “We’re free and clear of our record contract. The world’s our oyster,” drummer Lars Ulrich told Spin. “We can basically do whatever we want, and we’re going to start figuring that out.”

While the men of Metallica have no solid plans on when or how they will release the new album, Ulrich says their new music is already in its starting stages. “We’re still throwing ideas around,” Ulrich said. “We work in stages. Some people will write a song from beginning to end in one go. We don’t do that. We’ll develop, like, 10 ideas and do a couple cycles. We’ll do a verse, chorus and maybe an intro, and then we’ll leave them and go develop 10 other ideas. So it’s a little early yet because we haven’t gone back yet and started tweaking anything. Right now we’re throwing ideas at the canvas and picking out great riffs.”

Right now, Metallica are pointing most of their efforts towards their first-ever Orion Music + More festival, which is set for June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event boasts Metallica headlining both nights, with other performers including Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, the Gaslight Anthem, Cage the Elephant, A Place to Bury Strangers and more.

“Right now we’re putting the final touches on a stage that’s going to host mostly thrash and punk — kind of extreme stuff,” Ulrich said of the festival. “The whole point is to give people a chance to explore. It’s not so much about, ‘Okay, I’m going to park myself in front of Stage A for the next nine hours.’ It becomes about continuous movement: ‘I’ll go into Lars’ film tent. I’ll go over to Kirk Hammett’s surf tent. I’ll check out the comedy and the thrash stage.’ It’s pretty ambitious. We want to make sure it’s the best it can be.”


Charles Ken
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