Holy Crap, Kirk Hammett’s First-Ever Solo Tune Sounds Like “Classical Fuel” for Samurai Cowboys | MetalSucks


We’re not gonna lie, once we heard that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett could be releasing a solo album, our preliminary thought was, Ho boy. No offense to Kirk — truthfully, he may be my favourite Metallica member, if just for his love of horror motion pictures — however typically, when main musicians in big bands launch solo albums, it feels extra like an train than an expression, in the event you get my drift. However Kirk simply launched his first-ever solo single, “Excessive Plains Drifter,” and sizzling rattling, it’s epic and superior!

As you’ll hear under, Kirk’s promise that this album could be extremely cinematic is certainly saved on “Excessive Plains Drifter.” The vast majority of the observe appears like a shout-out to late spaghetti western legend Ennio Morricone, utilizing orchestral atmospherics and steely acoustics to get throughout a way of far-reaching earnestness (the track, in fact, shares its title with a 1973 Clint Eastwood-directed cowboy film). However then, the entire thing builds right into a chuggy, thundering soundtrack to a cross-Montana horseback journey with a sword in your hand. It’s fucking big, and acts as a wonderful testomony to each Hammett’s musical background and his love of movie.

Additionally showing on the track are Edwin Outwater (with whom Kirk had beforehand collaborated on Metallica’s S&M2 concert events and releases), Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age (to not point out Kirk’s Wedding ceremony Band), and members of the LA Philharmonic.

In accordance with Hammett, the track…

 “was not meant to be particularly music for [the film High Plains Drifter], nevertheless it was as soon as it was written, I instantly thought it conveyed the identical sentiment because the movie, so the piece was christened accordingly. The music for ‘Excessive Plains Drifter’ initially got here from a Flamenco piece I had written. It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I actually appreciated it, nevertheless it was a kind of riffs that will be laborious to combine into Metallica. I knew I needed to do one thing with it, despite the fact that it got here out spontaneously. I had been sitting exterior messing round with a Flamenco acoustic guitar I’d simply purchased, and it flowed out within the second. I used to be decided it could have a life. It might have its second.” 

Take a look at “Excessive Plains Drifter” under. Kirk Hammett’s solo EP Portals will drop April twenty third.


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