Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about how music changed his life during a recent appearance on ‘Backstaged: The Devil in Metal’ podcast.

In the conversation, Kirk unveiled that he had a bad childhood and experienced lots of darkness early on in his life. You might remember from his earlier interviews that Kirk admitted that he was abused as a child because his dad was drinking a lot and beating the sh*it out of him and his beloved mother.

Furthermore, Kirk mentioned that playing guitar and music saved his life because it felt like therapy for him. Even though he wasn’t feeling great back in the days, playing a guitar made him feel better.

Additionally, Kirk admitted that he has lots of anxiety and prone to depression as many other people. However, playing guitar helps him a lot to get through all of this as it did in the past.

In Kirk Hammett’s words, he said:

“I had a bad childhood. I experienced a lot of darkness early on in my life that I probably shouldn’t have been exposed to. Unfortunate things happened to me as a child. And so that real-life darkness came to me way too early in my life.

Basically, guitar playing and music saved my life. And it was a type of therapy for me. It made me feel better when I knew that I wasn’t feeling great. And I was so young. I didn’t understand why I was feeling this way. And I didn’t know this was because of circumstances and situations. I didn’t put that together.

I just knew that guitar playing helped me feel better and calmed me down as an adolescent, as a teenager, as an adult, up to like now. I mean, I have a lot of anxiety and I’m prone to depression-like most people. My guitar helps me through all that.”

You can listen to the podcast below.