Anybody who’s been part of a band or a team knows that the most important aspect of being a team player and a band member is to not to hold your own ego and persona above the band. One of the most important features of Lars Ulrich is the fact that he sees the band, the collective, above individual personalities and he voices this in various occasions and interviews, including documentary film Some Kind of Monster, which sheds light on making their controversial album St. Anger, when the band members’ relationship with each other was at an all time low. During that time while James Hetfield was struggling with his personal issues, Lars was trying to keep the band and their collective desires and choices above his own or James’ individual wants or needs, which shows his dedication to the idea of the band being more important than the individuals forming it. In the same documentary we also see Lars willing to put as much time as is necessary and even more to work on finishing the album recording while James was allowing himself to work a 4 hours a day schedule due to his recovery. Sure it’s not his fault, and we all are grateful for James’ healing, but Lars’ work ethics and his dedication to music and Metallica is a thing that’s been highly appreciated by the band’s fans across the globe.
Lars’ dedication to holding the collective above the individual personas can be summed by the fact that he says “I was Lars from Metallica, my last name wasn’t ‘Ulrich’ but ‘from Metallica’ for many years, until I was comfortable with my own individual personality”.