Well, truth to tell, Lars is a relatively average drummer, with a pretty good double kick. Much as I hate Slipknot, Joey Jordinson is pretty good, so it is not as strange as it sounds.
That said, I have yet to hear Joey pull off anything as good as what Lars did on And Justice for All, so I'm gonna have to say no.
BUT.. in a related matter, I do think the Rev (a7x) probably WAS better than Lars. And I HATE A7x too. Metallica may well be my second favorite band, but I am not such a homer as to not be able to be objective. A skill sadly lacking for most.