Metallica's Kirk Hammett announces first-ever solo EP, Portals

Rock News 10/02/2022

Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has announced his first ever solo release, a four-track instrumental EP, Portals.

An official statement reveals the EP will entail "a collection of gateways to musical and psychic destinations.

"Recorded around the world, from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, Portals is the result of Kirk’s life’s journeys and an invitation to tap into your own inner world.

"Heavily influenced by classical music, soundtracks, horror movies, and maybe a little Ennio Morricone, Kirk wanted the EP to span the decades and touch upon all the horror he loves."

The EP was produced by Kirk, and has drummers Jon Theodore (Kirk’s fellow Wedding Band member) and Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman on bass, Emmy-winning arranger Blake Neely, and Bob Rock.

Speaking about the EP, Kirk said: "These songs are what I call ‘Audio Cinematic;’ I’m creating sounds and pieces of music for the movies playing in my head. Hopefully they’ll create movies in other people’s heads in a similar fashion."

Portals is set for worldwide release April 23rd, check out more info about it here.