Kirk Hammett spoke to Metallica’s official publication “So What”. He tells his thoughts on “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”. He also mentioned that Lars coached him during the writing of the guitar solos.
About Lars’s coaching and writing solos, he said:
“It was a collaboration. When Lars would come in, typically the solos would change direction, which was a good thing because the first 25-30 solos would be in one direction and then the next 20 or 30 solos would be in a different direction because Lars would be in there suggesting something. And then when we’d take a break, and then I’d go in and just play whatever.
Usually he would say something like, “Play through the bar, don’t stop after four, play through the bar.” Or at the end of the solo, where I would maybe wind it down and end on a low note, he would say, “Try ending it dripping up high.” I mean, it’s fairly elementary stuff. He doesn’t say stuff to me like, “Now go to C-sharp diminished,” he doesn’t get technical.”
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Metallica’s new album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct was released November 18 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It also ranks #1 at 57 countries.