Lars Ulrich will discuss Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time this weekend on his Apple Music Beats 1 radio series. The Metallica drummer will play songs from his favorite metal and hard-rock records – including tunes by Black Sabbath, System of a Down, AC/DC and much more – explaining why they made his record, and he will be interviewing Rolling Stone Senior writer Kory Grow about the list. To hear everything, tune in on Sunday at 6 p.m. EST; the series will also be rebroadcasted at 6 a.m. EST Monday morning.
For the series, he has put together a playlist of some of his favorite songs, like Motörhead’s “Overkill,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerrilla Radio” and Guns N’ Roses’ “It’s So Easy.”
During the taping, the drummer went deep about why a few of the songs are his favorites. When discussing his passion for Deep Purple’s Made in Japan, he clarified that the band, whom he inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, transformed his life at a young age. “I was nine years old and it forever changed my life. The album is Made In Japan, and it came out in late 1972 and is the absolute classic Deep Purple album from their August 1972 shows in Japan. … Every show is different, every version of the songs in a live setting is always different. Different lengths, different solos they were always trying to challenge each other or one up each other, always pushing each other.”
He also preached the merits of Rage Against the Machine. [It is] one of the angriest, most energetic records. Additionally a very deep recording, both musically, lyrically, attitude-wise. They are so original. There is nothing else that sounds just like them. Morello’s unique approach to guitar playing and how Zack spits out these words, it just sounds like he feels every word that is coming out. It’s a deeper resonance than lots of other things, especially in harder rock where the lyrics above history are slightly cheesy or not very meaningful.”
And he took advantage of having the ability to play whatever he needed. “Take all this in: Apple has a radio station that goes all over the world at the same time called Beats 1,” he said. “Right now we’re live on that station. Everybody all over the world tuning into that particular radio station are listening to [Kory] and I and Steffan [Chirazi, sidekick] talk, and in about 15 to 30 seconds from now, they’re going to be listening to Mercyful Fate, ‘Satan’s Fall’ and you know what? There’s no fucking escaping that.”
For more about Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list, sign into Rolling Stone Music Now on Sirius XM’s Volume station today at 1 p.m. EST.. Judas Priest’s Rob Halford will be calling in to discuss his record, released this morning, with the editors who put the record together.