Lars Ulrich reveals a one-time therapist with saving METALLICA band. This happens in the band’s 2004 “Some Kind Of Monster” documentary film.
In difficult times when METALLICA struggling to create new music in the early 2000s. They released the documentary about the band’s making of their album ‘St. Anger’ and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. Joe Berlinger shot over 1200 hours and followed one of the most successful heavy-metal band in history around night and day for over a year to create this documentary. It tells the trials and tribulations of the group as they cut their first album in six years. The members of the band submitted to two years of intensive group therapy to work through conflicts in their 20-year working relationship.
However, in this documentary, we saw Phil Towle and he is the therapist also Lars Ulrich reveals in Rolling Stone he saved METALLICA’s future:
“It was a difficult time with Phil. And as easy a target as he is to make fun of, whenever I get asked about it now, I find myself defending him.
He did save the fucking band. I think you and I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to each other if it wasn’t for him. It was a very transitional, experimental time. We’d been a band for 20 years, and we realized we never had a fucking conversation about how we’re feeling, what being in Metallica is doing to everybody. It was just this fucking machine. And then Hetfield had to go away and deal with some of his issues, and then that opened up this whole thing.”
He also talked about the upcoming and new METALLICA album:
All the shit – pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just fucking looking at the state of the world – it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state.
But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next. It’s like, ‘Fuck, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.’”
You can watch some footage below!