Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Reveals Albums That Helped Him Get Through 2020

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed the albums that helped him get through this difficult year.

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich said, “The first Rage Against the Machine album. From my worldview, there’s nothing that seems to put things more in perspective than Rage Against the Machine.”

“The music, themes, lyrics, delivery — everything seems to be so spot-on and relevant to the daily craziness that shows up whenever you unlock your device,” he added. “I think it’s the perfect soundtrack to the 2020.”

Further, he said that Alice In ChainsDirt was an old-favorite album that he returned to for comfort this year.

“Alice in Chains’ Dirt. It’s so inspiring. I think it’s crazy just how transparent and courageous the lyrics are, and it’s a cohesive piece of work. It still sounds as raw, transparent, honest, and courageous to my ears as ever before,” Ulrich said.

He added, “I think in the earlier days I was just listening to the music and the riffs and now, hearing the vocals, lyrics, and themes, what an incredible record. It just still sounds so timely. It sounds literally like this could have been made last week.”

Metallica had to postpone its tour dates, including several summer festival headliners in the U.S., due to the pandemic. The band also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to relief organizations through its All Within My Hands charitable foundation, using money it raised from streaming videos of past concerts.

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