Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Shares Solo Single ‘High Plains Drifter’

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently released a new song, “High Plains Drifter,” from his upcoming instrumental solo EP, Portals, which is set to drop on April 23.

Conductor Edwin Outwater, Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic all contributed to the song.

Hammett explained that the track shares an inspirational relationship with the 1973 film of the same name.

“[The song] was not meant to be specifically music for that film, but … once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same sentiment as the film, so the piece was christened accordingly,” Hammett said. “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.”

He added, “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.”

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