Hardeep Phull of the New York Post spoke with Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich. Excerpts of the interview appear below.

NYP: The response to new single Hardwired has been pretty positive. Do you think fans are going to feel similarly about the album Hardwired . . . To Self-Destruct?

Lars Ulrich: The response in the inner circle to our album has been very positive, beyond what we expected. But, 2016 is like the Wild West in music. What happens when you put out an album is anyone’s guess. We have access to all information, and the iPhone 7 will get it to us faster than last week’s iPhone. But the downside is that everyone’s got an attention span of about nine seconds, and then it’s on to the next thing. So who knows how this album will connect?

NYP: Lyrically, Hardwired has a very pointed sense of impending doom to it. Is that the theme of the album?

Lars Ulrich: We don’t write to be topical, but there are a lot of songs that have conflict, questions, vulnerabilities, uncertainties. There’s lots of stuff for people to relate to. I haven’t quite wrapped my head around that yet, but James’ [Hetfield, Metallica’s singer-guitarist] best lyrics are usually the ones that are more ambiguous.

NYP: Drumming in Metallica can’t be easy at the age of 52. What are you doing to keep up the pace?

Lars Ulrich: Well, I go running pretty much every day for 30 to 45 minutes. That’s an expected one. But, a significant part of my diet are these oat pancakes that I eat. They’re made of egg whites, oats, fat-free yogurt and a little Stevia. That’s my carbs. It’s a recipe that comes from the French nutritionist Pierre Dukan. I eat about 20 of them a day — I’m never more than 6 feet away from a pancake at any time. It’s the fuel to the drumming in Metallica.

Read more of Lars Ulrich’s interview with the New York Post by clicking here.


10 Responses

    1. Why? Slayer isn’t even in the same universe of world popularity or album sales compared to Metallica. Seems like he does just fine.

    1. He does look rather puggy in that photo. Guy does have incredible energy…he must, to be able to keep up with the young lady he married and his past remuda of hotties.

  1. Michael B, Lars was, and continues to be, a primary reason for Metallica’s success and popularity. He has great music business sense, had great connections to accelerate the rise of Metallica, and his drumming skills were “fine” enough to help create many classic, and great, albums.

    I’m not capping on Lars, and I absolutely love Metallica’s early albums. But there is no way Lars drumming skills are on the same level as Lombardo.

  2. I have strong opinions when it comes to Metallica, but on reflection I probably shouldn’t have just indiscriminately fired off a snide comment about music that other people enjoy.

    Sorry, I’ll try to be more constructive in future 🙂

    1. That’s awfully big of you Rider of Waves. Much respect. Although a good ragging of Metallica is never too out of bounds.

      Now onto another note – Dana, do my eyes deceive me or are all the comments on the same page?

Leave a Reply