I mean, the band is a therapy-addled husk of their formerly brutal selves, but it really amazes me how much vitriol is directed at them. Sure, they haven’t released a decent album in nearly two decades and their drummer is a coked-out loudmouth with a pricey modern art collection and no sense of what people ever liked about their music. But that hardly makes him unique. So why all the haters?
People stick behind other consistently disappointing acts. There’s only two dudes left in The Who, and Pete Townshend is an incorrigible asshole who may or may not have downloaded kiddie porn while doing "research" for a "book" that still hasn’t seen the light of day. Yet they still sell out arenas, and even suckered a few balding bastards to buy their last album, terrible as it was.
Metallica, on the other hand, get no love. It’s clearly because of that whole Napster thing. You remember when Lars and the boys went after their "fans" for illegally trading their music on the web? Don’t get me wrong, stealing music is theft, plain and simple. But this incident made them pariahs, even among typically loyal metalheads. That their music had taken a sharp turn for Suckville couldn’t have helped matters. (Bands, take note: this is how you squander your legacy.)
Now, Lars is saying they might "pull a Radiohead," and release their records online. For free, even. One wonders if they could give their music away, at this point.
"You know, this is our last record under contract with Warner, so we’re looking at how we can embrace everything," Lars says. You mean like they embraced hair gel and over-processed snare drums? I don’t care how the hell they release their music; I can pretty much guarantee it’ll be utter crap.
Check out the comments field of this Wired Listening Post report on Metallica’s digital conversion, and feel the hate! No wonder they need therapy. Maybe they can use this ire to make some suitably aggressive music and start winning back those listeners who abandoned them long ago. Ah, who cares? I feel like an douche even writing about them. But hey, it kept me from posting about Hillary!