Arctic Monkeys are 'heavy metal in disguise'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 June 2012
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich thinks Arctic Monkeys are a "heavy metal band disguised as an indie band."

Metallica think Arctic Monkeys are a "heavy metal band disguised as an indie band."

The 'Enter Sandman' group have signed the British rockers to appear at their Orion festival in the US, and while some think they are a weird choice to play alongside a metal band, drummer Lars Ulrich can see the band's hidden heavier side.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: "For me, having the Arctic Monkeys on there is big. I think they're a heavy metal band disguised as an indie band.

"If you listen to a song like 'Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But...' there's almost a Rush element in there."

Lars also said he had to put his rock star influence to work in order to convince Avenged Sevenfold to join them on the bill.

He added: "Avenged Sevenfold are near and dear to me. They were on the fence about it. They were taking the summer off. I called one of the guys and said, 'It would really mean a lot to us'."

Other bands on the line up for the Orion festival - which takes place in New Jersey on June 23 and 24 - include Black Angels, Sepultura, Modest Mouse, Ghost and Cage the Elephant, and many more.

Metallica will headline both days of the festival, playing their self titled album - widely known as 'The Black Album' - in its entirety on one night, and their second record, 'Ride the Lightning', in full on the other.

Arctic Monkeys

The stomping Sheffield tykes have graduated from songs about chip shops and taxi ranks, but the ferocious singalong favourites of old should also make an appearance.

3Arena, Dublin

Mon 24 Sep

Times to be confirmed

Birmingham Arena

Sat 15 Sep

prices vary / 0871 945 6000

Sun 16 Sep

prices vary / 0871 945 6000

Manchester Arena

Thu 6 Sep

£40.70–£70.70 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 7 Sep

£40.70–£70.70 / 0844 847 8000

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