You're stating the drumming from the studio version of songs. Most people who are critical of his playing point out his terrible live performances nowadays. He did create great songs in studio in the 80s. Most who say he sucks will point out that he was good in the 80s. However, nowadays he is terrible and I will give you reasons.
1. He downsized his drum set and now that it's much smaller than his 80s drum set, he's unable or unwilling to try and play some of the parts of songs. Say, for instance, the drum intro in Creeping Death.
2. He admitted recently in an interview that he doesn't practice to become a better drummer and he feels he 'regressed' as a drummer. That's straight from Lars' himself that he's not as good as he used to be.
3. He doesn't always play double bass live, but when he does, it's quite sloppy and sometimes he gives up halfway through when he realizes it's really sloppy. Some live recording of "Blackened" where you can actually hear the double bass, show him flub it up and just stop hitting the kick drum until the next part.
4. Everything he plays live nowadays is dumb down compared to the studio version, and yet he still messes up often. When they play "Disposable Heroes" he completely skips all the awesome fills and skips the several parts of double bass live. I can can play Disposable Heroes without skipping anything, it's not as hard of a song you might think based on how it sounds in the studio.
5. He speeds everything up and isn't very good at keeping time during a song. When they For Whom the Bell Tolls, you can usually see a speed increase. This is NOT an excuse for him to play the song simpler, which he does anyway.
6. He doesn't play the double bass in Dyer's Eve live, hell, he simplifies the whole song, not even just the double bass parts. He sometimes plays the double bass in Fight Fire With Fire.
7. He does play double bass some times. That does NOT mean he's good. Double bass doesn't make a good drummer, continuity with your performances and studio version of the song does, which he fails miserably at.
8. He got rid of his ride simple (A cymbal that makes a 'ting'ing sound) so he can't play most songs from the first three albums right because he doesn't even have the right cymbal to play them anymore.
Just because someone has a large fan base, a lot of money and a lot of hit songs doesn't mean they're good at drumming. The Black Album is a GREAT ALBUM in my opinion, but his drumming is extremely simple and just plain boring.
When people try and apologize for Lars' and they have to say "He may not... he can't do this anymore... BUT..." That mean they simply like the songs he has created with the band, and have no clue what they're talking about.
Lars' makes an insane amount of money, yet does not give a performance that real drummers can be envious of.
Last but not least, most of Metallica's drums in STUDIO are not very hard to play live, with Dyer's Eve and a few other songs being exceptions.
What he plays live now, is extremely simple and something I could play when I had less than 2 years on drums. I am not exaggerating to make a point, this is the truth.
Hopefully you understand my point. Just because he plays with "heart" or "enthusiasm" doesn't make him a good drummer and it doesn't give him an excuse to not try to be a great drummer when he plays live. In fact, any drummer can play live with "heart" and "enthusiasm" without simplifying their own songs because they're not good enough to play them.
Oh, he also has terrible technique, he's going to regret not learning proper technique when he's old and crippled.
· 7 years ago