“We’re slightly out of our minds but that’s no surprise to anybody,” Lars Ulrich said of the ambitious project. “The main thing it says about Metallica is that I think we, increasingly, are just finding that there are so many ways to communicate and express ourselves, and the model of album, tour, album, tour is a little out-dated for us, and a little limiting for us.”
But, for all the popcorn thrills the movie offered, many suggested it was a big budget way of putting off a trip to the studio to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic.
“Obviously, at the root of all of it is music and writing songs, and obviously we’re looking forward to going back to making another record,” he said. “But it jut feels like the opportunity to challenge ourselves with these different kinds of experiences is really right now an important thing for us.
“By always jumping out into these strange adventures, I think it’s really, really good for Metallica and it keeps us mentally healthy and challenged,” Lars added. “It’s in the DNA make-up of this band – we love jumping out into stuff, never knowing where we’re going to land, and halfway down, it’s like, ‘Oops! We forgot the parachute. We always forget those fucking parachutes. And we never quite know where we’re landing. And to me, that’s the Metallica spirit, and it’s what we enjoy.”