Metallica's Lars Still Loving Death Magnetic

(Gibson) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that, more than two years after its release, the band's last studio album Death Magnetic still sounds great to him. Ulrich explains his opinion to Andrew Haug of Australian radio program The Racket.

"I'm hard-pressed to think of a Metallica record that has lasted as long in the positive department," he said. "Death Magnetic's had a good lifespan. We finished it about two and a half years ago. I cranked a couple of songs in my car when I was home last time – a couple, three, four songs – and it still sounds... I mean, it's got great energy, it's really in your face, and it's kind of just nutty and lively and cool. A lot of the earlier Metallica records we would always find faults with very quickly after you let them go or give them to a record company or release them or whatever, but Death Magnetic is still viewed upon with a very much positive kind of vibe."

Ulrich also defended the album against complaints that the music sounds very compressed and lacks a dynamic range. "Obviously, when you listen to tiny, little earbud headphones or whatever on an MP3, compressed type of device, it's got a little bit of a different vibe than if you listen to a big, kick-ass home stereo," he said. "I think people always find something, and we try to just do the best we can on all fronts. And that one may have slipped... We may have turned it up to... Is 11 the cliché? We may have turned it up to 12." - more on this story

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