Kirk Hammett’s Hardwired Lament

Metallica guitarist says he was excluded from writing for new album

By Gary Graff
November 16, 2016

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has surprised fans with an unhappy revelation about the making of the group’s new Hardwired…To Self-Destruct album.

In a just-published interview, he tells Metal Hammer magazine he felt excluded from the songwriting process, which was done mostly by frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.

Hammett calls his exclusion “a very bitter pill to swallow. For me, being in this band, I always want to contribute. Obviously, that was not meant to be this time and I had to accept that fact. Hopefully I can bring my ideas to the next Metallica album. I just hope it’s not another eight years.”

Hammett somewhat famously lost a large number of guitar riff ideas — about 250, he’s said — after misplacing his cell phone during the recording process.

Hardwired…, Metallica’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, comes out on Friday (Nov. 18), and the group will celebrate the release with a club show in London that will be livestreamed at 4 p.m. EST.