In a recent interview with Australia’s Heavy, Ville Valo spoke about Metallica‘s 2004 documentary, “Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster”. Valo stated that:
“To be honest with you, Metallica can do whatever they wanna do after the great albums they’ve made. And they were trying to survive as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a ton of bands who’ve gone through very similar things. But Metallica, for whatever reason, chose to do it in public. I think that’s the main thing that is the issue here.
I’m a very… a bit shy, or I don’t wanna draw too much attention to myself, as we Finns usually, it’s the way we are — a bit hermit-like. So it feels so weird, the whole Metallica thing, when it came out. Because in our culture, it’s important to keep some stuff to yourself. Or the other way around — it’s not necessary to open up everything. But then again, maybe that was the thing they needed to do to be able to make great albums afterwards.
I love Lars. I think after John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Lars is probably one of the most important drummers. He has such a recognizable style.”