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Lars Ulrich Wouldn't Change A Thing With 'St. Anger'

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The Boston Globe caught up with Lars Ulrich for a Q&A session and asked the drummer about the polarized reaction to their latest effort, 'St. Anger'. "It's not the most easily digested record," Ulrich admitted. "In a time where radio seems to be going conversative again in the last couple of years -- and the Nickelbacks of the world are dominating it -- then when a band like us comes out and does something that's harsh and aggressive, it may be difficult for some people to initially accept it. But I'm glad we did it and I wouldn't change one thing about it... We needed to prove to ourselves that we still had that spunk in us and that we could make that kind of record."

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1. Andrew writes:

I don't know if this record really was the most harsh, aggressive type of album they thought it was. However, it was a lot more so than their previous few records

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Dejackemo writes:

I think St. Anger was just harsh. It was putrid and I wish it never came out. Metallica went from being one of the greatest bands ever to a band that makes me wanna throw up.

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Muffy writes:

sorry lars; from black to anger, it is all pure sh**!

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Sean writes:

heh its funny that only lars would say that . . . god i hate him . . . and the dutch

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Sean writes:

danish bastard

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brokenwings13 writes:

muffy, shut up!! the black album was good!
AND SO WAS ST. ANGER!!!!

and what's so wrong about the Dutch?

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 8:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. arg writes:

it's not spunk, it's sh**.

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 10:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. MarineChick007 writes:

wait what? Lars is danish, so what's he got to do with the dutch?

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 10:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Sean writes:

lol i never said my hatred of the dutch was relevant to danish Lars Ulrich it was just a fyi

# Oct 26, 2004 @ 11:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ulosers writes:

youall f***in suck.
u f***in little sh**s think can't understand a band that's been for over twenty years. By the time u flip flopping pieces of sh** start growing hair on your balls you'll be praising st. anger. for now just shut the f*** up and go back to jerking off over ur sh**ty bands

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Alex writes:

I don't see how Metallica could go from metal up your a$$ to this! I wish they had their spirit from 18 years ago.

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 12:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. relliK writes:

I dont believe it.Am I seeing people DEFEND ST.ANGER?

Metallica has to have the biggest downfall in music history.Going from making legendary metal albums to absolute crap!

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. 4 writes:

"We needed to prove to ourselves that we still had that spunk in us"

LOL!!! thats gross as hell.

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 9:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brad writes:

but im still right here giving blood keeping faith

if there were there no rewards to reap

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. KMADD writes:

Holy Fukkin Hell!!! I have to agree with killer on this one!!!!

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. brokenwings13 writes:

OMG! You don't see that after 20 years of making music, that the music develops with
them! you don't understand how an artist grows and finds new sounds and chords and
riffs!!! It's all just growing. You don't have to grow with them!! Just quit listening, and you
don't have to rag about it either!! Just leave the ones who still listen ALONE!!


Brad, why on earth are you typing out the lyrics to Tool's "The Patient"?

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. KMADD writes:

The only thing they are developing is that they are getting old. Sorry 13 but they'll probably start touring
with Jimmy Buffet in the future.

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 8:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. MarineChick007 writes:

or Barry Manilow!
developing liver spots on their balding heads is all i see.

# Oct 27, 2004 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. relliK writes:

"OMG! You don't see that after 20 years of making music, that the music develops with
them! you don't understand how an artist grows and finds new sounds and chords and
riffs!!! It's all just growing. You don't have to grow with them!! Just quit listening, and you
don't have to rag about it either!! Just leave the ones who still listen ALONE!!"

St. Anger was not growth.It could easily be mistaken as something made by an amatuer
band of 13 year olds that couldnt afford a real snare drum so they used a coffee can instead.Not once throughout that cd did I say "Oh, that riff kicks ass".It was an obvious act of conformity, not artistic growth.I can pop in Master of Puppets and hear good riffs left and right.Thats because they still felt they needed to prove something.Now, they just want easy pay.


# Oct 27, 2004 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. b-shaw writes:

the album would be awesome if someone else had written it same with load and reload
just not wat u come to expect from mettalica

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 12:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Old skool rocker writes:

Metallica is still better than most of the sh** that's played on the radio. At least they have a sound of there own.

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. a real metal fan writes:

I do agree with that.But what I don't get is that they all say" now everyone had input in this album"then WHERE THE FUCCK IS A DECENT SOLO????what the hell is kirk man a p***y? I don't get it doesn't he want to play lead guitar anymore or something???

and by the way what's so stupid about the dutch??

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Sean writes:

well wouldn't the better question be what isn't stupid about them? Seeing as that is irrelevant and some people need to learn not to take things so seriously . . . ahem, Kirk protested the lack of solos in the album and was very angry with such a decision . . . but as for him being a p***y . .. he has always been kinda feminine if you listen to his voice . . .

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. LeperMessiah writes:

HAHAHAHA! wait don't get me wrong, i love Metallica, but St. Anger sucks donkey balls

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. brokenwings13 writes:

master of puppets is a decent album too!!

to be a metallica fan you sink through the good and the bad, right now, they would be in what you call the "bad" era. but it will change.

it's sorta like being a Cubs fan.


AND PLEASE EXPLAIN TO US SEAN, THE STUPIDITY OF THE DUTCH!!!

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 6:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. writes:

dude lars is such a sellout he can suck my mushroom on a stick. seriously come now st. anger is probably one of the worst albums ever in metal history( if u call st anger metal)

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. MarineChick007 writes:

rellik, you have way too much time on your hand to be quoting 13 like that.

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. relliK writes:

3 seconds.Copy and paste.

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. brad writes:

omg i just woke up.


hahah dude the bubbler completed my loife

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Sean writes:

Ummm what isn't stupid about Dutch

# Oct 28, 2004 @ 10:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. a real metal fan writes:

That still isn't a good argument for me.Or maybe you just can't really say what's so stupid when your really gonna think t over.......

# Oct 29, 2004 @ 9:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. a real metal fan writes:

By the way, where are you from?

# Oct 29, 2004 @ 9:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. a true METALLICA fan writes:

#1. Metallica rules. #2. Anything Metallica does, rules. aww! the new album didn't have solos so now all the guitarists in the world are mad with Metallica. get over it . Metallica still dominates the metal scene because they've always done what they felt like doing. if they did anything other than what they believed in, then they would be sell outs. they never sold out. METALLICA RULES! And f#ck the Dutch

# Oct 29, 2004 @ 10:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. a real metal fan writes:

I agree with #! I think I agree with #2 too but what's so stupid about dutch?

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 6:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Satan 666 writes:

SLAYER rules all your asses. they are 100 times more talented than metallica and they arent sell outs

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 12:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. MarineChick007 writes:

Sean, all that i can think of that's wrong with the Dutch
is that they are tight with their money.

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. KMADD writes:

WTF?

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 3:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. MarineChick007 writes:

get with the program KMADD!!

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. godless writes:

well, st. anger wasnt that good of an album...infact i just bought the damn cd to support them...but you do get used to it after trying to listen to it for a year

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 11:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. little_creep writes:

a real metal fan, if you ever seen metallica latley then you'll know that kirk put in a solo for st. anger and frantic which sounds pretty bad ass

# Oct 30, 2004 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. a real metal fan writes:

sorrie,I didn't but I'm gonna leave the album alone now cause b****ing about it doesn't makes it better
I'm just going hope that there going to bring an album out with THE metallica spirit in it again...........

# Oct 31, 2004 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. a real metal fan writes:

sorrie for my typing skills I'm still a bit tired

# Oct 31, 2004 @ 10:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. KMADD writes:

What program? I've been to Holland it'sone of the most wonderful most freethinking societies in the world. I mean where else in the world where you can experience all the sin's of mankind without feeling any guilt?
Certianitly not in America.

# Oct 31, 2004 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. a real metal fan writes:

in holland the governemt is f***in' soft against criminals it's stupid men holland has a stupid government

# Nov 1, 2004 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Andy Christ writes:

I don't know about that, but every Dutch person I've met has been cool.

# Nov 1, 2004 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. brokenwings13 writes:

I don't know, they pass out free condoms though!

I'm Dutch and I like being Dutch.

# Nov 1, 2004 @ 5:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. MarineChick007 writes:

it's just because Holland doesn't blow their money and government funds,
on basically sh**, like we Americans do.

# Nov 1, 2004 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. a real metal fan writes:

cool as ifn't you guys expected form my posts and typing skills, I'm dutch to so belive me about that government sh**(trouwens 13 als je echt NL bent kan je dit lezen, erg hea van van gogh ??)

# Nov 4, 2004 @ 11:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. a real metal fan writes:

ok that entire story in english didn't make sense sorrie it wasn't that important.......

# Nov 4, 2004 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. Muffy writes:

metallica sucks! Dutch need to bathe! And marinewhore & chikenwing need to clean their tuna boxes 'cause the sh** is nasty & just not right!

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51. chico writes:

yep, they're whores
just like you
cock forehead

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52. brokenwings13 writes:

i have no affiliation with marinechick007.

i don't live in the same town as her, nor the same state.

hey, that's neat. i'm dutch too. government sucks. but i hope they
consider a law for terrorism after van Gogh was killed.

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53. MarineChick007 writes:

i hate tuna.
get her name right, its brokenwings13, not chickenwings13, as mine is MarineChick007, not marinewhore. i type your name right, so you type my name right.

# Nov 8, 2004 @ 7:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. MadK writes:

Just start calling it. Muffakunt or Muffnasty Supreme!!! hahahaha!

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55. brad writes:

dude muffy is quite the looker

# Nov 8, 2004 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. brokenwings13 writes:

brad's stoned again. well, obviously.

# Nov 8, 2004 @ 9:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. MarineChick007 writes:

what was the gave it away?

# Nov 9, 2004 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. brokenwings13 writes:

just look at that statement!

# Nov 9, 2004 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. MadK writes:

Muffy can't help it. It's the genetics. When you have generations upon generations of
missouri white trash and you family coat of arms consists of a Budweiser can and a
carton of GPC's your going to be ignorant forever. Muffy makes the mongoloids from
the film "Wrong Turn" look like Ivy leaguers!!!!

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60. brokenwings13 writes:

that's true.

# Nov 9, 2004 @ 7:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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61. MarineChick007 writes:

brad pitt looks like a genious then MadK?

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62. ac666 writes:

Ivy League does not = intelligence. Usually it = $.

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63. tom writes:

SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!

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64. brokenwings13 writes:

yep, ivy leaguers, they're college trust fund babies, whose mommies
and daddies, are all senators, lawyers,or doctors.

# Nov 10, 2004 @ 10:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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65. MadK writes:

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum have better speech skills than muffnasty.

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66. brad writes:

LIKE GEORGE DUBYA


my daddy shells out sh**loads of money so i can go to harvard

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67. MarineChick007 writes:

LIKE JOHN KERRY

my daddy craps out money to send me to foriegn based prepatory schools.

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68. ac666 writes:

There's no point to taking sides when they're equally as f***ed (Well, maybe not equally, but the 'lesser of two evils' attitude doesn't work with me, why do we have to vote for an evil?). A third party, or total anarchy are to be our only saviours. Or armageddon. Personally, I think armageddon is gonna win hands down.

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69. MarineChick007 writes:

that's what the Apocalypse is for. Judgement Day. one day God is going to rain down fire upon us all.

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70. a real metal fan writes:

If were getting these idiots like (harry potter>;)blakendende as a leader, I hope God doesn't let us down with that "fire raining"....Christ this world is f***ed up.

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71. a real metal fan writes:

correction balkenende, but how cairs?

# Nov 20, 2004 @ 11:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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72. ac666 writes:

Fire rain? Oh, my hair is going to be ruined...

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