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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Shares New Solo Song High Plains Drifter

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Ross Halfin

Kirk Hammett has shared a new solo song.

High Plains Drifter is the first single to be lifted from the Metallica guitarist's debut solo EP, 'Portals', which is due for release on Record Store Day (April 23). He said:

"[The song] 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. 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."

The four-track record was produced by Hammett and features Edwin Outwater (with whom he previously collaborated on Metallica’s S&M2 concerts and releases), Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age (Hammett’s Wedding Band bandmate), and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

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