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Kirk Hammett Speaks Of His Lessened Input On The New Metallica Album


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When it comes to Metallica, it’s often been vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich that have led the charge. Somewhat by circumstance, the pair were once again the driving force behind their latest album, the impending “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct“, due out this Friday, November 18th.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett had a particularly harsh setback during the early stages of the album’s creative process when he lost his iPhone which he estimated had 250 musical ideas on it. Though that loss didn’t help matters, it appears that Lars and James called the shots when it came to the bulk of the songwriting for the album, as bassist Robert Trujillo told Metal Hammer:

Lars focused more on simplifying the creative journey, and locking into James and really bringing him in for this album. It’s Lars’s vision, and I’m happy to support whatever we need to do.”

Hammett told the aforementioned publication that he found the songwriting process a bit of a “bitter pill to swallow”, commenting:

“For me, being in this band, I always want to contribute. I always have a lot of musical concepts and ideas to bring to the table. Obviously, that was not meant to be this time, and I had to accept that fact. So I focused on my solos, just making sure that my playing on the album was at its best – at its full potential. Hopefully I can bring my ideas to the next Metallica album. I just hope it’s not another eight years.”

You’ll be able to read the full Metallica cover story on next week’s new issue of Metal Hammer.

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