Lars Ulrich has stated that the Arctic Monkeys are a “heavy metal band disguised as an indie band” in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone
Metallica’s drummer said that the Sheffield band’s hidden heavier side makes them the perfect openers for Metallica’s very first Orion festival: “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.”
Arctic Monkeys will play alongside Metallica in New Jersey on June 23-24. The Gaslight Anthem and Best Coast will also play that weekend.