Lars Ulrich was recently asked in a new interview if there was a Metallica song he never wanted to hear again and gave an interesting answer.
Speaking with Vulture, the Metallica drummer said, “There’s a song called ‘Eye of the Beholder’ on the [‘…And] Justice [For All’] album. Wherever I hear that song, it sounds kind of like — I guess we don’t want to be super-disrespectful to it — but it sounds really forced.”
He adds, “It sounds like you put a square peg in a round hole. It sounds like it’s got two different tempos. There’s kind of a 4/4 feel in the intro and on the verses, and then I think the choruses are more like in a waltz tempo. It literally sounds like two different worlds rubbing up against each other. It sounds very awkward to me. I’m not a huge fan of that song.”
Ulrich does details, however, that it’s difficult to listen back on a lot of Metallica’s music, not just this song.
“It’s basically almost impossible for me to listen to a Metallica song without going, ‘Okay, how are the sonics, how’s the mix, how does the guitar sound? The vocals are too loud, the bass is too boomy.’ It becomes this exercise in analytics. When you hear your favorite band — like if I listened to Rage Against the Machine or something, I just f—ing let myself go. But when Metallica comes on it’s like, ‘Huh?'”