Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined a recent interview with Gibson and talked about Metallica’s legendary ‘Kill ‘Em All‘ album as well as he shared his thoughts about the guitar solos on this particular album.
As you may know, ‘Kill ‘Em All’ is the debut album of the thrash metal legend Metallica which was released in 1983. The 50-minutes long album has many iconic songs, including ‘The Four Horsemen,’ ‘Seek & Destroy,’ ‘Am I Evil,’ and many more.
However, it seems like Kirk Hammett doesn’t like the way he plays the solos in the ‘Kill ‘Em All’ album and explained the reason behind it in the conversation, saying that he wished to do over it again.
Hammett admitted that there are lots of bad notes all over the album, but said that it also gives the album personality. Also, Kirk mentioned that they recorded these solos just to record it and finish the album as fast as possible.
Here is what Kirk Hammett stated about his guitar solos:
“A lot of those guitar solos I wish I could do-over. But it was really just, ‘OK, done. Next one.’ There are bad notes all over that album. Bends are kinda shaky…
But you know, when I think about it, it gives the album personality. And when I hear a track, I think I heard ‘The Four Horsemen’ a couple of days ago…
And I thought, ‘We were just going for it. We were just happy to be there and we were happy to be recorded.’
We had pretty high standards of quality even back then but we didn’t have the resources to really do anything about it until the next album. That’s why there’s such a big difference in terms of sound and production between ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘Ride the Lightning.’”
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