Earlier this month, Lars Ulrich revealed that Sad But True was his all-time favourite Metallica song, thanks to its tempo and how the dummer can mix it up each time the band play it live.
But what about his least-favourite song? In a new interview with Vulture, the Metallica sticksman has divulged which track from across their ten-album career he'd never want to hear again. And it's Eye Of The Beholder from their landmark 1988 album ...And Justice For All.
"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," says Lars.
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"It sounds like it’s got two different tempos," he continues. "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 tempo. 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 goes to say that it was still the best the band could in the moment, and that he doesn't like spending a lot of his time revisiting the past, laughing that there's not much you can do about it. He also admits that he's "overly analytical" when listening to Metallica.
"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 favourite band — like if I listened to Rage Against the Machine or something, I just fucking let myself go. But when Metallica comes on it’s like, ‘Huh?'”
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