Lars Ulrich: ‘Making ‘Lulu’ made my head spin around like Linda Blair in ‘The Exorcist”

Lou Reed also reckons his collaboration album with the metal veterans is the 'best thing' he has ever written

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has compared recording his collaboration album with Lou Reed to 70s cult horror classic The Exorcist.

The LP – ‘Lulu’ – is based around German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1913 play about the life of an abused dancer. But Ulrich said actually recording it was more akin to scenes from the horror flick.

He told The Guardian:

I’m invigorated at how absolutely awesome the record turned out. Lou walked into the studio and about seven seconds later my head was spinning like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. It was so impulsive it’ll take me years to access what happened.

Reed also said that the music is so emotional for him personally that he has difficulty listening to it. “This has so much rage it’s thrilling,” he added. “I’ve waited for a long time to have a shot at doing something like this with the right people. I’m energised and jacked up. Sometimes I find it so emotional I have to get up and turn it off.”

Both the singer and Metallica have championed the project with Reed claiming that it is the “best thing done by anyone ever”. He has now said it is also personally the best piece of work he has written.

“When I finally heard it back I was beyond stunned,” he added. “Now I don’t even associate myself with it. This is as good as my writing gets. I can’t do better. I listen to it and my poor heart breaks over some of what’s in it.”

‘Lulu’ is currently streaming in its entirety on their official website The album is officially released in the UK on October 31.

Metallica will perform tracks from ‘Lulu’ with Reed on November 8 on Later… With Jools Holland.

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