Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has an interesting habit which he is using while playing guitar, and it caused some interesting myths all over the internet and metal community, until today. Hold on tight, Kirk broke his silence about it.

If you look at the live performance videos and photos of Metallica, you probably notice that Kirk Hammett wraps tape on his right hand. During a chat at ‘It’s Alive Exhibition,’ Kirk Hammett has revealed the reason why he’s using tapes while playing guitar.

On Instagram, Kirk has shared the video of he’s revealing the secret behind his habit.  Here’s what he said:

“I’ve always plucked the strings really hard and banged on the guitar very hard when I’ve strummed or played, or whatever. And over the years, there’s these little lines that are on the side of my hand, and because of the bridge, a lot of its sharp angles, and just my style… They would break open and start bleeding.

And when one of these lines would break open and start bleeding – if a guitar string got into that cut, it was like the worst paper cut in the world. And so, I started taping my hand just to prevent those cuts from happening. I used to wear white tape, but it attracted too much attention.

So, I switched to transparent tape but it still attracts a lot of attention – damn! But you know, sometimes I’ll jokingly say, ‘Oh, that’s my secret… To all my technique.'”

Actually, Kirk has posted the video of his statement via his own Instagram account, and you can watch it below.