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Totally fair. Again, I think it’s important to acknowledge his legacy and contributions to the genre. Metal and metal drumming wouldn’t be where it is if not for Ulrich, and I’m sure most if not all the examples provided would say the same.
On record he blends in with complete adequacy. The real flaws are in the live performance.
With Metallica, The Biggest Metal Band in the World, it’s safe to assume that 6 to 7 out of 10 fans, that’s the one metal band they like, therefore the drumming isn’t an issue at all. But a massively successful band like Megadeth, despite being one of the Big 4, is still kind of niche, therefore is judged more harshly in terms of musicianship, and never would have survived with a drummer as limited as Ulrich.
Re: Ulrich’s drumming. Moore was pretty kind with the comment; it could have been much worse. It is entirely acceptable to say the big shift in Metallica’s style (thrash to hard rock) was due to limitations in musicianship, with most of the limitations being those of Lars. Giving all credit where it’s due as far as his drive, songwriting contributions, and general status as a mouth-piece, it is pretty miraculous the band has survived with him behind the kit.
Even if you were to skim off the top of the metal-drummer pile (I don’t know, say, Dirk Verbeuren, George Kollias, Brann Dailor, Tomas Haake, and Martin Axenrot, as general examples) and just go with (baseball reference) replacement level ability, Lars would be far below average. He’s charismatic on stage, with his jumping around and all that standing up, but he struggles with basic meter and rudimentary requirements. Hearing a current live version of Battery with the kick only played on the “1″ is a drag, if you listen for that kind of thing.
Big time. Especiialy the way she punctuates lines with a quick breath. Their song Forever is practically the same song as Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’. I think Haim sounds cool, but it’s an unexpected place to hear these parallels.
Are the Michael Jackson comparisons played out at this point? ‘Cause I hear a LOT of similarities.
Thanks, Kaitlyn. Did your knee smash into your schnozz when it jerked its way through your comment? I’m old enough to remember when Tegan and Sara were 2 shrub-headed Ani DiFranco’s as well.
The comparison wasn’t a criticism; I like the song, and I hear a lot of post 2010 Robyn-isms in it. If you don’t, that’s cool.
A little Robyn goes a long way.
It’s cool, man.
We mutually don’t care what the other really thinks. I’m just glad it didn’t spiral into something really negative, which I was afraid my initial response would have caused.
To riff, one could argue that Junkhead is a modern-day “Heroin.” I’m not making the argument, but if someone did, I wouldn’t disagree.
To your credit, if Alice in Chains is your most hated band, you’ve deftly gone through life avoiding many, many worse ones. But I’m being subjective.
Objectively I’d say having a singer of strong and unique voice, skilled percussion, and tasteful guitar playing with above standard tone and vibrato are positives.
I’d also credit catchy hooks, great melodies, and interesting lyrics to the band, but those are subjective.
Going to not go out on a limb at all and say you’re horribly wrong. To say “one of my least favourite bands of all time” is one thing. To say “one of the worst” tells me you have a disastrous ability to judge what makes music objectively good or bad.
I know what he said, just as much as I’m sure he knows how to “@” someone or add a comment here, and would have had he wanted to. I don’t take issue with the way you phrased it, I think it’s lame you did altogether.
It’s not a big deal, I just think it was an unnecessary rat move.