In a recent appearance on ‘Gear Factor,’ Ghost frontman Tobias Forge talked about his riffs and guitar and revealed how difficult to play the riffs of the legendary Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

While explaining his approach to the instrument, Tobias Forge praised James Hetfield and said that he is one of the best guitarists in the world.

Here’s what Tobias Forge said:

“For as long as I can remember playing guitar, I’ve always done so playing to music. If we started with KISS – that was very early for me, it could’ve been [1974’s] ‘Strutter’ – I was more, like, a rhythmical player.

Some guitarists I know are just *makes shred noises* You can just say, like, ‘This song is in A minor,’ and then it just goes *makes shred noises*, whereas I’m a little bit more, like, compositional in my soloing, so that’s a little bit different.”

He also described James Hetfield’s ‘Master of Puppets’ as ‘impossible’ to play because of the downstrokes that he used on the main riff of that song. He continued:

“One riff that just came out of nowhere, one of the most economical riffs I’ve ever heard, and so fun because I can really hear James [Hetfield] laughing when he came up with it is [1986’s ‘Master of Puppets’].

Like, that’s funny, that’s a fun riff. James Hetfield is definitely one of the best guitar players that have ever walked this earth. Even though I know sort-of theoretically how to play ‘Master of Puppets,’ it’s impossible to play downstrokes the way that he does from start to finish for seven minutes.”

You can watch the full interview below.

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