Guitarist who re-recorded Metallica’s Lux Æterna solo responds to Kirk Hammett’s defence: “The solos sound lazy and completely throwaway”

Kirk Hammett
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In November last year, Metallica announced their long-awaited return with Lux Æterna – a single that contained a guitar solo that attracted a fair amount of criticism from online commentators.

During a recent conversation with Total Guitar, Kirk Hammett hit back at the criticism, and shot down the notion that his lead effort on that track was “bad” because it was easy to play.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.