Tucked in a nondescript industrial tract north of San Francisco near San Pablo Bay, Metallica’s headquarters is an oasis for both thrash fanatics and gear heads of every stripe. The massive studio—dubbed HQ by the band—has been Metallica’s base of operations for writing, rehearsals, demoing and all-purpose hanging since late 2001. In a rare case of reality trumping fantasy, it is a place that exceeds expectations.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is a giant among men. There isn’t a guitar poll he hasn’t won, and his popularity runs high among fans and critics alike. Few would dispute the contention that he is, with the possible exception of Edward Van Halen, the most influential hard rock/metal lead guitarist alive today.
Kirk Hammett has confirmed that Metallica are indeed working on their next album. HeavyMetalAbout.com asked the guitarist if it's "freeing" for Metallica to be at the point in their career where they don't have to record studio albums.
As we learned from the beginning of my "Of Wolf and Man" solo, using open notes is a very easy way to achieve this—as long as it's done with a bit of thought, of course. So, as promised, this time we're gonna explore more lead ideas that use open-string notes. As you'll see, using open notes can add extra life, dimension and character to your leads.
Get ready, guitar-playing Metallica fans. Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be releasing his very own Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal this Halloween, as in October 31, 2015. The pedal, which was conceived by Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, is a multipurpose stomp box that was designed for true gearheads.
"This was by far the most difficult cover I've done," he says on YouTube. "It's long, it's intricate and devilishly fast at the end. The whole process of tabbing, learning, playing and finally editing this monstrosity took me the better part of two weeks. I'm pretty pleased with the final result. There're still a few bits I wish I'd played a little cleaner.
It’s definitely true that Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. Ironically, I was never really into Stevie while he was alive. Then, shortly after he died, I got hold of a video of him playing a live show and was just totally blown away by his timing, his tone, his feel, his vibrato, his phrasing — everything. Some people are just born to play guitar, and Stevie was definitely one of them.
The April 18 episode of That Metal Show featured the first-ever Kirk Hammett-Michael Schenker jam session. If you happened to miss it, you're in luck, because you watch it all below. You also get to watch the pair rehearsing earlier that day.
The annual event, now in its second year, event will include a murder-mystery dinner/VIP party at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, on April 10, followed by a two-night Fear FestEvil musical punch at RockBar Theater April 11 and 12.