During a recent conversation with 20 Minuten, Ulrich was asked about how he measures success and specifically was asked about the response he has heard in regard to the new Metallica album 72 Seasons.
While the drummer does comment on the response to 72 Seasons, he also talks about the freedom the band has nowadays to create music. Per Ulrich (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“So far, the feedback has been fantastic. It’s exceeding expectations. I would say a big thing for me about the success of this record is the joy of making it. So in the past I think there have been times where you had to make a record. The record company [would tell you], ‘Now you’ve gotta go make a record.’ Those days are long gone.
“Now we make music because we want to, and we do it with joy and with a sense of appreciation. And we’re not [going], ‘Oh my God. There’s an idea. What happens if that idea doesn’t play out exactly how I want it?’, all that craziness.”
After this, Ulrich goes on to share that the band has an incredible amount of ideas still – enough ideas for “another 20 records” even. He also talks about how creating new music is a “significant part” of who Metallica is. Per Ulrich:
“We have enough ideas for another 20 records. We will never get all the riffs and the ideas to fruition because history dictates that that’s just not gonna happen.
“There’s never a conversation about should we make new music as in should we not make new music. So it’s never a question like that. New music is a vital, vital, huge, huge, significant part of who we are.”
What do you think folks… are you down for 20 more Metallica albums? What do you think of the new Metallica album 72 Seasons?