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Outrage Watch: Lars Ulrich may be the most hated man in music today

Welcome to the March 24, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is taking heat over…the group's 1988 album “…And Justice for All”?

Anyone familiar with the history of the legendary metal band's fourth LP will know that the album received quite a bit of criticism for its nearly inaudible bass. According to a new interview with Steve Thompson, the man who mixed the record, the idea to turn the instrument down in the mix was actually Ulrich's.

“He goes, 'See the bass guitar?'” Thompson related to Ultimate Guitar magazine. “And I said, 'Yeah, great part, man. [Bassist Jason Newsted] killed it.' He said, 'I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.' I said, 'You're kidding. Right?'…He said, 'No. Bring it down.' I bring it down to that level and he says, 'Now drop it down another 5 db.' I turned around and looked at Hetfield and said, 'He's serious?' It just blew me away.”

Worst of all? Ulrich allegedly blamed the sound on Thompson at the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

“He goes, 'Hey, what happened to the bass in '… Justice'?' He actually asked me that,” Thompson continued. “I wanted to cold cock him right there. It was a shame because I'm the one getting the shit for the lack of bass.”

Unsurprisingly, the comments on social media have been less than kind.

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