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Kirk Hammett: Metallica Has A Lot More To Say

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In the latest issue of Guitar World, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of METALLICA's landmark "Master of Puppets" album, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett gets quizzed by the magazine readers and a host of metal luminaries, including MASTODON, LAMB OF GOD, EXODUS, EVERY TIME I DIE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. A few excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow:

Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD): When "Master of Puppets" was finished, did the band realize it had created such an important piece of heavy metal history?

Kirk Hammett: "'Master of Puppets' wasn't written with that intention; we just wanted to make the best album we could. For us, it was just another METALLICA album. We had put out 'Kill 'Em All' and it was a great album. We put out 'Ride the Lightning' and it seemed to have all the elements of 'Kill 'Em All' and then some. Then we put out 'Master' and we were very proud of it. It was like having another feather in our cap.

"At that point, we were firing on all cylinders and the songs just kept coming, so we really seized the moment. After we finished the album, we wetn straight out on tour. We were very intent on getting the music out to the people and touring as much as humanly possible. But Cliff's death changed all of that.

"None of us had any idea 'Master of Puppets' would still sound fresh after 20 years. I mean, I put it on the other day and the albbum' sound, songs and concepts are just as relevant today as they were back then."

Doc Coyle (GOD FORBID): Can you pinpoint a time when you feel METALLICA was at its creative peak, or do you feel that time has yet to come?

Kirk Hammett: "That's hard to answer. Maybe if you ask me that question in 20 years, I can give you a better answer. At this point in time, I can see many different creative peaks in our career. 'Master of Puppets' and the Black Album were definitely peaks. The symphony album ['S&M'] was a different kind of peak, while 'St. Anger' was yet another completely different peak. We've peaked in so many different ways. Some people would also say we have had a lot of valleys, too… which is a fair statement. [laughs]

"I think METALLICA have a lot more to say. We're the type of band that likes to experiment. We don't like to stay in one spot for too long; all the albums after the Black Album prove that. We're not afraid to take artistc risks, even at the cost of pissing off our audience and our friends."

Zacky Vengeance (AVENGED SEVENFOLD): I fucking loved "St. Anger". It seemed like you went back to your roots, said "Fuck you!" and did something totally different. And though I can see that dropping the solos was part of that attitude, I do miss them. When you record your next album, are you gonna throw some solos back on it?

Kirk Hammett: "For the next album, Lars is going to be sitting there with his snare drum, and I'm going to come in and play a 78-minute guitar solo. Then James is going to scream over it while Rob puts his low end on there. [laughs] Just kidding, man.

"To be quite honest, I think the band misses solos just as much as the fans do. I mean, I play guitar solos every day! We've all expressed the fact that we think guitar solos are fun. They're dynamic, expressive and another distinct aspect of METALLICA's music. And we miss that aspect."

Harry Meyers: Have you ever considered recording a solo album?

Kirk Hammett: "Yeah. Eventually I'll record one, but right now my loyalties remain with METALLICA. I've been writing music for METALLICA for over 20 years, but obviously there are certain things I've written that don't belong on METALLICA albums. As a result, I have a small surplus of music.

"But you know, if I put out a solo album, don't expect it to be a super-duty heavy metal shred album; it's gonna be something that you've never heard before, or at least something you'd never expect from me. Recently, I played with a contemporary classical string quartet in San Francisco named FLUX. It was a collaborative piece, with two violins, viola, cello, cello, classical guitar and me on electric guitar. I gotta say, I don't think I've ever heard anything like the stuff we were doing. I thought, 'Well, if I ever do a solo album, maybe I'll do it with some classical players.' But really, I'm only using this as an example to show that, if I put out a solo album, it'll be something very eclectic. I'd like to share that side of my playing with people someday, but now is not the right time. My loyalty is to maintain the METALLICA legacy."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. slayerdisciple writes:

classical? f*** classical do the heavy shredder metal

# Nov 27, 2005 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. RememberMetal? writes:

hmm.

"They're dynamic, expressive and another distinct aspect of METALLICA's music. And we miss that aspect."

Sounds like there could be some solos on the next record....

Also sounds like Kirk is still in denial about how terrible the last record was....but thats still a fresh wound.

I honestly think theres still some hope for the next album, but the key thing is that Hetfield can actually say something thats dark, moving and thought out....because "St. Anger 'round my neck." is hardly any of those.

If they really wanted to, Metallica could streamline their "Ride the Lightning-AJFA" sound, add some fresh aspects, ideas and nuances to the mix, bring back some of their long lost integrity and still manage a radio hit or 2.

It can be done, lesser bands with an impressive sound have done it.

The glory days are long over but if they went all out, I think they can churn out some quality thats both familiar and cutting edge.

# Nov 27, 2005 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Metallicasucks writes:

And I quote...we want more money, we want more money,we want more money, we want more money. We will put out complete sh**, and you will give us more money. Please, James and Lars have already asked me for a loan, to support their coke habits. The corporate record people need to give us more money, the corporate whores that we are.

# Nov 27, 2005 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. crossingmygingers writes:

I agree. I think metallica could still make a decent comeback of sorts. they just need to get their sh** together.

# Nov 27, 2005 @ 8:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Glad2BMad writes:

I think classical music and metal has their connections. Besides, Metallica's always been pretty "symphonic" in their arrangements (= that DOESNT mean I think they sound like f***ing mozart) look at those northern nutters Apocalyptica, they play pretty much metal... with chellos! And they kick ass.

By the way, when James checked into rehab "to receive treatment for alcohol and OTHER addiction" does anyone know what those OTHER addictions were? Cos the word "coke" keeps on coming up. Anyone?? just curious...

# Nov 28, 2005 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Glad2BMad writes:

And Kirk recording a solo album?! Go ahead!! Looking forward to that more than a new Metallica album!

# Nov 28, 2005 @ 8:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. maggot #666 writes:

f*** TALLICA MAN!!!!!!! f*** THEM IN THE SKULL!!!! TITTY f*** EM!!!!! SLIPKNOT FOR LIFE!!!!

# Nov 28, 2005 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. DAMAGE INC writes:

There werent any other 'undisclosed addictions' Glad2bMad. That was just MTV and 'Metallicasucks' trying their best to exaggerate a story. I assume that he was referring to himself AND I QUOTE. . ."the whores that WE are". Yeah dude you are a whore, a fukkin cheap one.

I think the next albums gonna be a landmark in Metallica's history. . Its obvious that they have come to some realisations about the last album and that theyre gonna be working to improve that. Cant wait

# Nov 28, 2005 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. War Ensemble writes:

why can't he make a new metallica album and put guitars into the mix we dont want b-sides trash or garage bull sh** like st. anger. metallica ned to re think there sh** before doin what they do cuase wat fans are left a'nt very many. so the bottem line is get your act together or split up.

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 2:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Glad2BMad writes:

Damage Inc, I hope the next album will kick ass. At least now they've got Rob in and no bs between them (so we r told anyway) so with all the crap behind them they should REALLY kick ass. War Ensemble, couldnt agree more. just the sound of st anger pisses me off! No more Garage Days Re-Re-Re-visited thanx

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 8:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. SlayerRulz writes:

St. Anger sounded like they were trying to retun to real metal but it's been so long since they put out real metal they had forgotten how to write it. They still put on a hell of a show (saw them in '04) but as far as putting out new, quality sh**, I think they may have lost the ability. Bands like Lamb of God, Arch Enemy and Killswitch Engage have passed them by and Slayer left them behind LOOOOOOONG ago. Just my 2 cents.

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. a metal fan writes:

As much as I love the usual first four (maybe five) albums form metallica, nowadays, Arch Enemy (for example) would kick there ass. And I think the fact that Korn seem to be personal pioneers for them (at least for lars) isn't going to do good either. Wel'll just have to wait and see (or listin).

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 11:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. kjghjghbvdbsjd writes:

Metallica are fags.

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 6:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. 'TALLICA all the way writes:

Peoplel seemed to be split in their opinions about the state of Metallica's commitment to creating heavy music. I completely disagree. I think their willingness to experiment with different sounds, namely S&M and St. Anger, shows that they are a level above the majority of bands today that find success with one sound and hang on to it for dear life. If you have followed the heavy metal scene for a while, you should be aware of the pioneering effect that Metallica has throughout their career. They made their name by touring hard and playing fcking excellent live shows. But their agression is only one part of their sound.
If you're willing to listen to all that they have to offer, you should realize that they define heavy metal in the old and the new ways. Creativity is above all else. Even if you don't like it, at least respect it.

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 7:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brokenwings13 writes:

Thanks to 'Tallica All the way.

Metallica is a good band. Drop whatever grudge you had because they don't sound like what you want them to. They can sound whichever way they f***ing want.

# Nov 29, 2005 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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