Metallica Wanted To Hurt The Listener With St Anger

07/19/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Metallica's Lars Ulrich says the band's infamous St Anger album was deliberately conceived to sound bad and it was a musical experiment he's glad they carried out.

Discussing the "abysmal" drum sound on the record Ulrich says: "That was on purpose. It wasn't like we put it out and then somebody went, 'Woops!'

"I view St Anger as an isolated experiment. Once in a while, as we've been known to do, we have to f**k with the boundaries. We'd already done Ride the Lightning, which I believe is a fine record it didn't need redone."

The drummer acknowledges many fans feel the album would have benefitted from some trimming, and even the better tracks are too long. But he says: "When we heard the recording from beginning to end, I felt and it was mostly me the experience was so pummelling that if became almost about hurting the listener." more on this story

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