As you know, guitarist Kirk Hammett didn’t make any contribution to the new Metallica album “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct”. He was only in the guitar solos. We all know that already.

In previous interviews, Kirk Hammett suggested that one of the reasons for not contributing to the new album was the loss of the his phone in which the guitar records were found.  According to Kirk’s claim, the phone with more than 250 riffs disappeared, and later Kirk could only remember four of those riffs. But this claim was denied by the band’s vocalist James Hetfield.

Papa Het spoke to French website Metal XS and talked about Kirk’s contribution on “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”. He said:

Kirk was not part of the writing. Kirk obviously came in and did the solos. But Lars and I… You know, Lars and I always have done this, but with contributions from other people on their riffs and things. Kirk’s riffs weren’t there. I know he talks about him losing his phone and things like that with the riffs, but…


No, he wasn’t involved in the process. And Robert [Trujillo] was there. The intro to ‘ManUNkind’ is Robert; that is him, and it’s beautiful. But it is Lars and I doing what we always do — put the songs together.

The songs were all put together over the course of time — I would say maybe a year and a half. But the riffs… I mean, the riffs could have been around for a little longer. But there’s no… I mean, it’s all new. There’s nothing that was left over from other albums or anything, so it’s all new.

Some are riffs that were on my riff collection, and some were, ‘Let’s just go out and play,’ and some just came about there. So some are super fresh, and some are, obviously, from the last year.”

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  • tristan hann

    Theres nothing huge about this. If he brought riffs with him that had the right vibes then Hetfield and Ulrich would have used them for arrangements. Don’t try to turn this into a soap opera that it clearly isn’t. This is always how they right with the exception of the emo ‘lets all share in the experience’ nature of St Anger. It was no different with Burton, or Newsted. None of those guys actually wrote entire songs or arrangements for Metallica. Mustaine however did and thats because he can compose well. You press guys are always looking for drama and when there isn’t any then you manufacture it. Its the quality of the press that’s least appreciated by intelligent readers. I don’t expect an article in metalheadzone to read like an article in Heat magazine. If I wanted to read about fake drama, I’d be reading about the Kardashians or something right about now.

  • Patrick

    @tristan thanks, that’s exactly what I think. They’re just trying to build a big story because right now there is no story to tell.
    And well it wasnt like Kirk wanted to be a part of the song writing but the others said no. And I don’t get what you could complain about; he wrote an played all the fucking solos, so of course he was included… What do you want more?

  • Tristan Hann

    Theres nothing huge about this. If he brought riffs with him that had the right vibes then Hetfield and Ulrich would have used them for arrangements. Don’t try to turn this into a soap opera that it clearly isn’t. This is always how they right with the exception of the emo ‘lets all share in the experience’ nature of St Anger. It was no different with Burton, or Newsted. None of those guys actually wrote entire songs or arrangements for Metallica. Mustaine however did and thats because he can compose well. You press guys are always looking for drama and when there isn’t any then you manufacture it. Its the quality of the press that’s least appreciated by intelligent readers. I don’t expect an article in metalheadzone to read like an article in Heat magazine. If I wanted to read about fake drama, I’d be reading about the Kardashians or something right about now.

    • Patrick

      @tristan thanks, that’s exactly what I think. They’re just trying to build a big story because right now there is no story to tell.
      And well it wasnt like Kirk wanted to be a part of the song writing but the others said no. And I don’t get what you could complain about; he wrote an played all the fucking solos, so of course he was included… What do you want more?