METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will launch a music video for his solo track “Excessive Plains Drifter” on Friday, April 22. A teaser for the clip is out there under.
“Excessive Plains Drifter” opens the second aspect of Kirk‘s debut solo EP, “Portals”, which can arrive on April 23 through Blackened Recordings throughout digital platforms, on CD, and as a Report Retailer Day-exclusive ocean blue vinyl EP (together with a obtain card).
That includes contributions from Edwin Outwater (with whom Kirk had beforehand collaborated on METALLICA‘s “S&M²” live shows and releases), Jon Theodore of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (and Kirk‘s THE WEDDING BAND bandmate), members of the LA Philharmonic and extra, “Excessive Plains Drifter” shares a novel inspirational relationship with the 1973 cinematic basic of the identical identify. The track, Kirk explains, “was not meant to be particularly music for that movie, however it was as soon as it was written, I instantly thought it conveyed the identical sentiment because the movie, so the piece was christened accordingly.
“The music for ‘Excessive Plains Drifter’ initially got here from a flamenco piece I had written,” he continues. “It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I actually preferred it, however it was a type of riffs that may be exhausting to combine into METALLICA. I knew I needed to do one thing with it, though it got here out spontaneously. I had been sitting exterior messing round with a flamenco acoustic guitar I’d simply purchased, and it flowed out within the second. I used to be decided it might have a life. It will have its second.”
True to its title, “Portals” is a group of gateways to musical and psychic locations. Recorded all over the world, from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, “Portals” is the results of Kirk‘s life’s journeys and an invite to faucet into your individual inside world. Closely influenced by classical music, soundtracks, horror films, and possibly somewhat Ennio Morricone, Kirk needed the EP to span the a long time and contact upon all of the horror he loves. The thought behind the EP was to have all of the songs movement into one another, so he relied on an entire solid of his associates to report the 4 songs.
Produced by Kirk, “Portals” is comprised of the songs “Maiden And The Monster” and “The Jinn” on aspect A, adopted by “Excessive Plains Drifter” and “The Incantation” on aspect B. The latter two have been co-written with Outwater, who additionally contributed keyboards and led the orchestral gamers from the LA Philharmonic on “Portals”.
Different acquainted names amongst the “Portals” gamers embrace drummer Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman on bass, Emmy-winning arranger Blake Neely and Bob Rock.
Says Hammett: “Initially, earlier than I even had the concept for a solo EP, I used to be impressed by the necessity to create some form of soundtrack music to accompany The Kirk Hammett Assortment for the primary ‘It is Alive’ exhibition on the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, 2017. I needed to conceive music to play on a loop within the background as individuals walked by the exhibit. I sat down one evening with a development, and earlier than I knew it, all of the elements have been there for ‘Maiden And The Monster’.
“The preliminary idea for ‘Portals’ began with that one track. Following that, I spotted I might create completely different soundtrack moments. These songs are what I name ‘audio cinematic’; I am creating sounds and items of music for the flicks taking part in in my head. Hopefully they will create films in different individuals’s heads in a similar way.”
“Portals” will likely be out there to order on the Met Retailer and the Probity U.Ok. store on Saturday, April 23.
Picture credit score: Ross Halfin
Excited to announce that there’s a superb video for Excessive Plains Drifter! It’s going to hit my YouTube this Friday, April 22, 2022
There’s a countdown in my tales, and the YouTube hyperlink is in my bio, so you may set a reminder!#highplainsdrifter#portals#recordstoreday2022 pic.twitter.com/7oJO1PMome
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) April 20, 2022
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