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Lars Ulrich Speaks About Downloading New Album "Death Magnetic"

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has revealed that he illegally downloaded Death Magnetic after it leaked ahead of the official release date last year.

Speaking to US DJ Eddie Trunk on VH1’s That Metal Show, Ulrich said “I sat there myself and downloaded 'Death Magnetic' from the Internet just to try it."

"I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me. I sat there one night at my house with about six of my friends and a bottle of wine. We found it - this was like two or three days after Death Magnetic leaked. I was like, 'You know what? I've gotta try this.' So we sat there, and thirty minutes later, I had 'Death Magnetic' in my computer. It was kind of bizarre."

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zMETALlica's avatar

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1. zMETALlica writes:

it would be funny if their label sued him for downloading it.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Valley_of_the_Dead writes:

It ain't really that bizaare, Lars, downloading has been about for many years...

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. btbamfav20 writes:

"it would be funny if their label sued him for downloading it.È
HHAHAHA! i thought the same thing.
and if anyone else has a right to download their new album it would be me as well. ive got all their albums, and i even wasted money on load, reload, and st. anger, so i think legit for me to get DM for free lol

Now listening to: The Bringer - Soilwork

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

so lars, what makes you so high and mighty to "illegally" d/l some sh1tty music? even though you made the pile of donkey feces, it is still stealing from the artist! at least thats what you have always been spewing your facist BS about!!

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 11:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Pingu the outspoken one writes:

I wouldnt pay Lars Ulrich a dime...

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 11:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Pingu the outspoken one writes:

I would however, go to the Dublin show. Metallica, Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Mastadon...gonna be nice....so I guess I HAVE to give him some of my money....blast.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 11:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Thief!! writes:

He owes money to James, Robert and Kirk now.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

the people he turned in for illegal downloading need to turn him in!

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 1:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. b12 writes:

i downloaded the album several times and then burnt it and gave it to several of my friends

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 1:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Mathi writes:

The title made this look like it was going to be another Napster-bad spiel, but it was actually cool. Good work.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

Lars Ulrich Speaks:
"I had 'Death Magnetic' in my computer. It was kind of bizarre"

too bad it didnt explode in your pansy a$$ face!!

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Dave Mustaine Forever!! writes:

Hey " brandedcfh420 " Dont mess with lars you b****! you know what dave did to the last guy who messed with lars! broke his leg!! got it! stay quite and we wont have a problem. ok

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. InfernoNecrosis writes:

lol @ obvious troll above.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 2:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brandedcfh420 writes:

quit flapping your "di(ksuckers" ok dude...

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Jackrum writes:

death magnetic.. bland boring and only better than st anger by the sheer fact that it is NOt st anger.

As for downloading, Lars you hypocritical tool. can the people at napster now counter sue you or something? can you get done by your own label..

Viva la Napster

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. ZT* writes:

This is funny.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Cockwrangler writes:

Really Lars? 6 friends and a bottle of wine, and nothing else to do. Laaaaaaammeee.......

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Jackrum writes:

frankly im stunned that he has 6 friends..

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. wilco writes:

no comment
i dont believe in down loading
think its stealing but hey hey just stole money from his own pocket

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. RememberMetal? writes:

"30 minutes later"?...Lars was either on a lame p2p or has 56k, lol.

Apparently theres a less compressed version of Death Magnetic out there courtesy of one of the Rockband/Guitar Hero games. I wonder if the iTunes version sounds better than the cd version...

Now Playing: My Dying Bride - "My Hope, The Destroyer"

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. MetalMartyr.com writes:

I actually wrote an article about this the other day with a title that read "Warner Brothers Records Inc. File Lawsuit Against Lars Ulrich For Admitting To Illegally Downloading Death Magnetic". A few people thought I was serious until they read the entire post.

James probably would have downloaded it but his wife probably doesn't let him on the internet. Kirk would have downloaded it but his computer doesn't have a Wah pedal so he's not quite sure how to use it.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Lars loves his own money so much, he refuses to even pay himself for his own work...

If I ever got a band going enough to the point that I released a cd in stores, I would walk into the nearest store that carried it, and openit up and walk out the store an past the blaring censors with it, just to make the cops laugh their asses off once they realize what they just arrested me for...

I've downloaded and deleted the song Day that never comes like 27 times already, just out of spite. I WOULD download the entire album, but I refuse to have the song Unforgiven 3 in my possesion for a single moment. I'm not contaminating my music collection with that song, no matter how much I may want to point and laugh at metallica by stealing their music.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Kirk would have downloaded it but his computer doesn't have a Wah pedal so he's not quite sure how to use it.

It's not often that a man laughs out loud from reading something on the computer. Even rarer is the moment that he finds himself laughing about it 15 minutes later. even rarer when that man is a super-critical a$$hole(me) who tells so many jokes in the course of a day that nothing short of the hilarity-level of "chimp vs a midget-in-a-tutu" cage fight will make him laugh.

you win sir (or madam {f***in internet anonymity})

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. DeathInEye writes:

Is the chimp a child or fully grown? A fully grown chimp vs a midget-in-a-tutu mightn't be very funny...gorey, yes...funny, meh. Let's say the chimp is dressed in a tutu as well, and they perform Swan Lake. And if, you wish the chimp can maime the midget afterwards. That is hilarity my friend.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 9:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Netromancer writes:

So Dave Mustaine is starting fights with people who talk smack about Metallica on internet forums? The crap that flies out of people's mouths sometimes. Get off the computer and finish your homework before you get grounded.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. AusThrasher writes:

Lars is such a doosh bag

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 10:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Dee writes:

Wow that's crazy.....................I can't say nuttin else.

# Mar 8, 2009 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. carlosmal writes:

Still an a$$hole, huh?

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 12:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. AlliedFront676 writes:

6 Friends and a bottle of wine, that should be a song title for there next "awesome" album. And f*** a Name im sure your trailer trash a$$ will like my Avatar.

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 3:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. BB writes:

Everybody who downloaded "DM" just have wasted some time and disk space.

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 8:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. dark666rage writes:

this is pretty sad to me with all the ranting and raving Lars has done over the years. I supported metallica thru the black album, but after that they SUCKED. these guys need to realize if not for all of us fans they would not be were they are in the first place. and i have not downloaded the new album because it blows a$$ and i dont wanna waste space on my computer.

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 10:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. macky3214 writes:

Become one of Us Lars.....One of us

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 10:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. GoonrGrrl writes:

Re: suing him - That actually has happened, but to another drummer. Sean Moore of Manic Street Preachers did essentially what Lars did, and downloaded his own band's CD Know Your Enemy just to see how it all worked and what the compressed audio format sounded like, and promptly had his account shut down by his ISP. :-) This was quite a while ago though.

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 12:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. spiral_architect writes:

hey there lars! i probably downloaded it before you did.

now playing: the follow-up to death magnetic

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Allied front- you do know my avatar is just a joke right? I was probably one of the bigger Obama supporters on this site during the election, getting into arguments daily against mccain supporters.

even with some of his detractions and the whole "tax scandal" with his nominations he's put up, I still am.

And yes, I enjoy your avatar quite abit. :)

DeathinEye: I thought chimp/midget fights were always preceded by performances of either Swan lake or macbeth anyway? I assumed that would be the case as always? lol

oh, and the rules are always, if the chimp is fullgrown, the midget gets a football helmet, a butterknife, and moon boots. Otherwise, infant chimp versus buff midget professional cage fighter is the norm.

# Mar 9, 2009 @ 10:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. wilco writes:

post 32 its to late for him he has been pullled to the dark side
well i m a die hard fan of them and even seen cliff back in the days
but i hate it when bands become sucked in the money machine and forget lots of thing like ther fans
but hey maybe i would do the same if i had lots of money cause that what it all about on the end
but the forget were they came from in the first place music
and yes do think it is funny that he down loads first he b****es about it try to stop napster
and now he is doing it him self
but besides that i still like there music

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 6:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Ural S.TupD writes:

If any of you thought for just a second about what Lars was trying to say what was it now... 8 yrs ago about illegaly downloading music. You would realize that he owns the copyright so yes he does have the right to own any copy or reproduce any copy of the material that he wanted, I',m really sick of people coming on these boards to blow whatever they feel in someone's life is more relevant than their own out of the water, get a life.
And remember, just because you chose to listen and like them in the 80's or 90's doesn't mean they have to listen to what you want, listen to something else if you don't like what their doing now.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 2:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. brandedcfh420 writes:

Ural S.TupD writes:
I',m really sick of people coming on these boards to blow whatever they feel in someone's life is more relevant than their own out of the water, get a life.


sounds like someone needs to listen to themselves!!!!

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Txmetalhead writes:

Download this garbage..hell no..
Now he is trying to act all cool about downloading..whatever dude.

# Mar 10, 2009 @ 6:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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