In honor of 25 years of partnership, ESP is launching a brand new line of Kirk Hammett signature guitars, including the KH-DC, LTD KH-DC, and LTD KH-25, just three of ESP's 19 new products featured at this year's Winter NAMM.
Some new guests have been added to the lineup of NAMM Metal Jam 2012, which takes place tomorrow night, January 18, at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, less than a mile away from the Anaheim Convention Center, which will be hosting the Winter NAMM show this Thursday through Sunday.
According to a new interview with Rolling Stone, Metallica are currently seven to eight songs into the writing for their new album, and are aiming for shorter, more concise songs than the ones featured on 2008's Death Magnetic.
We reported back in October 2011 that Metallica might have a 3D movie in the works. Almost three months later, Metallica have confirmed that a 3D film is in the works, and the band looks to have the film in theaters in 2013.
As anyone who's followed Metallica's career can tell you, the group's members are rarely at a loss for words. But when Kirk Hammett recently learned that he'd become the first inductee into the Guitar World Hall of Fame, he was rendered speechless for a solid minute or two. "It totally took me by surprise," he says. "Especially since our profile has been so weird lately. It's been very non-musical, you know?"
Earlier this year, Down announced that they will record four new EPs instead of a full-length album, setting off a ton of speculation about how the album's days may be numbered, thanks to any number of culprits from our download-centric culture to the impatience of fans.
Anyone who caught one of the Big Four shows over the past couple of years would agree that they were truly once-in-a-lifetime events. As many fans are still hoping the Big Four -- Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth -- will come their way, Slayer's Kerry King believes the bands will likely now go their separate ways.