Metallica's Kirk Hammett

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Debuts New Solo Single “High Plains Drifter”


Kirk Hammett, guitarist for metal ambassadors Metallica, has unleashed a first single from his upcoming debut solo EP, “Portals“. That song, “High Plains Drifter“, takes its name from Clint Eastwood‘s 1973 Western film. Hammett however cautioned that the track is inspired more by the theme of the film, stating that it “was not meant to be specifically music for that film, but it was once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same sentiment as the film, so the piece was christened accordingly.”

He continued:

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“The music for ‘High Plains Drifter‘ initially came from a flamenco piece I had written. It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I really liked it, but it was one of those riffs that would be hard to integrate into Metallica. I knew I wanted to do something with it, even though it came out spontaneously. I had been sitting outside messing around with a flamenco acoustic guitar I’d just bought, and it flowed out in the moment. I was determined it would have a life. It would have its moment.”

Portals” is slated for an April 23rd release date and will feature the following track listing:

01 – “Maiden And The Monster
02 – “The Jinn
03 – “High Plains Drifter
04 – “The Incantation

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