In an old interview from a 1994 Guitar World article, Yngwie Malmsteem was asked to do a blind critique of some of the bands and guitar players of the time. Yngwie gets played Metallica’s song “master of puppets, he has great things to say about the band except for the guitarist, Kirk Hammett!
this is what he said:
“That’s Metallica – I love it! This is maybe the second or third time I’ve heard this song, and the first time I’ve heard the live version. My old drummer and keyboardist liked Metallica a lot, and they played this song around the time I was recording Odyssey (1988). I liked it then and I like it now.”
“Of all the bands that play this type of music, Metallica’s the best. James Hetfield sings better than all the other vocalists, and Lars Ulrich is a great drummer. I feel some sort of connection with them. I think the band heard some of my early demos, which sounded something like this. (Malmsteen demos first surfaced on college radio stations in Northern California, where Metallica is based) I’m not saying I influenced them, but maybe I did.
Overall, the band has a great sound. But I think the lead guitar player (Kirk Hammett) is not very good. He can play fast and is pretty good at it. But his choice of notes and sense of pitch are very bad. I don’t think that he plays with musicality, or plays in tune. Rather than lifting the song, his solo seems to be the anticlimax.”