Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Premieres New Song “High Plains Drifter”

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) has premiered a new song titled “High Plains Drifter.” This track is from his new solo EP “Portals,” which will be released on April 23.

Hammett said the following about the song, which was named after a 1973 Clint Eastwood film:

“[It] was not meant to be specifically music for that film, but it was once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same sentiment as the film, so the piece was christened accordingly.”

He also added:

“The music for ‘High Plains Drifter‘ initially came from a flamenco piece I had written. It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I really liked it, but it was one of those riffs that would be hard to integrate into Metallica. I knew I wanted to do something with it, even though it came out spontaneously. I had been sitting outside messing around with a flamenco acoustic guitar I’d just bought, and it flowed out in the moment. I was determined it would have a life. It would have its moment.”

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