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Metallica's Kirk Hammett is soundtracking a mysterious online horror story, and we're hooked already

Kirk Hammett onstage, July 2022
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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has shared a new project... and it's the most intriguing thing to have emerged from the Metallica camp in years.

A renowned horror fan, Hammett has posted the first part of a story on his Reddit page titled I HAVE TO GET RID OF THIS GUITAR I FOUND which comes with the following intriguing introduction from one 'Abigail Forte':

“I recently found a lead that might help in the search for my brother, William “Wills” Forte. A journal he had written, along with a cassette that was filled with what can only be described as very unusual field recordings. Seeing as the nature of these recordings seemed to push towards an evil energy, I sent the tape to a friend to help me understand the music, who in turn sent it to guitarist Kirk Hammett.

We have decided that while we cannot allow the actual sounds from the cassette to be released, we can share renditions of the music. Kirk Hammett has agreed to quickly transpose the less complex portions of the cassette while keeping the integrity of the original field recordings intact. These you can play or loop alongside the reading of each part, to create the appropriate mood for these journal entries.

We still advise you take precautions before listening to the recordings (such as burning sage, reciting prayers, drawing protective sigils). What you will hear are some phrases and motifs inspired by the cursed melodies recorded on to this mysterious cassette.”

Readers are then directed towards the following music on Hammett's TikTok: 

@kirkhammett (opens in new tab)

♬ original sound - Kirkhammett (opens in new tab)

Given that there are no records of either Abigail Forte or indeed William Forte ever existing, Metallica fans are speculating that the story, as well as Hammett's online interpretations of the mysterious 'field recordings', are all part of a fascinating new project from the 59-year-old musician.

Consider us already hooked.

Hammett released his first solo record, Portals, on Metallica's own Blackened Recordings label on April 23. 

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

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.