Metallica’s Kirk Hammett announces his debut solo release, four-song EP Portals

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will release his first solo record, Portals, on the band’s own Blackened Recordings label on April 23. 

Hammett’s ’people’ say of the recording, “Portals is a collection of gateways to myriad musical and psychic destinations. Recorded in multiple locales ranging from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, Portals is both the result of musical and metaphysical journeys. An invitation to inner worlds accessible only by music and the psyche it fuels.”

The guitarist adds: “This music was created with what I describe as an Audio-Cinematic approach. They’re soundtracks to the movies in your mind.”

Self-produced by Hammett, the vinyl EP is set to feature four instrumental tracks, Maiden and the Monster plus The Jinn on side A, backed by High Plains Drifter and The Incantation, both co-written with Edwin Outwater, with whom Hammett has previously collaborated on Metallica's S&M2 concerts and releases.

Outwater also plays keyboards on the EP, and is credited with directing contributions from members of the LA Philharmonic. Guest musicians on the recordings include Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore, Paul McCartney’s touring drummer Abraham Laboriel, and Metallica producers Greg Fidelman and Bob Rock.

Portals is to be released across digital platforms, on CD, and as a Record Store Day Exclusive Ocean Blue Vinyl EP (including a download card).


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Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.