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METALLICA's Lars Ulrich Lists His 15 Favorite Metal and Hard Rock Albums

Some surprising picks in here.

Some surprising picks in here.

Lars Ulrich was asked by Rolling Stone to compile a list of his 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums, as part of their quest to list the 100 greatest metal albums of all time.

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Lars said of compiling his list:

"For each artist that's part of my ultimate metal or hard-rock albums, I went for what you would call the definitive moment in their catalogue," he explains. "And for a lot of these bands, they went through a kind of evolution, a kind of a growth and a lot of them have a lot of great records. So what I picked is a combination of what that album represents from the artist and what impact it had on me."

Lars listed his albums in alphabetic order, rather than ranking them, offering in-depth descriptions in the Rolling Stone article.:

AC/DCLet There Be Rock
Alice In ChainsDirt
Black SabbathSabotage
Blue Öyster CultOn Your Feet or On Your Knees
Deep PurpleMade In Japan
Diamond HeadLightning To The Nations
Guns N’ RosesAppetitie For Destruction
Iron MaidenThe Number Of The Beast
Judas PriestUnleashed In The East
Mercyful FateMelissa
Rage Against The MachineThe Battle Of Los Angeles
System Of A DownToxicity
UFOStrangers In The Night
Warrior SoulThe Space Age Playboys

The only big "surprise" to me is listing System of A Down's classic Toxicity, and Rage Against the Machine, whereas the rest, I kind of expected based on previous interviews Lars gave. The Metallica drummer will go in-depth with each of these albums on this week's episode of his Apple Music Beats 1 radio show "It's Electric."

In related news, Lars was asked what inspires Metallica to keep making records by 97.9 The Loop, and had a pretty great answered:

"Being out on the road is obviously beyond incredible, but playing five or six new songs that we do every night and having new material, that's really cool," he continued. "We do a lot of meet-and-greets and meet all different kinds of folks.

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"I've gotta tell you: Three or four days ago in Texas, there was a kid in one of the meet-and-greets; he couldn't have been more than six or eight," Lars said. "And I said, 'Blah blah blah. How're you doing? What's your favorite song?', expecting him to say 'Enter Sandman' or whatever. And he goes 'Atlas, Rise!' I'm not making that up. Six or seven year sold. I said, 'What's your favorite METALLICA song?' He didn't skip a beat — [he] just [said], 'Atlas, Rise!' So that's the reason we make records still. That's amazing — that that still happens."


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