Kirk Hammett reveals the truth about that burned guitar on Metallica’s 72 Seasons album cover

Kirk Hammett and the 72 Seasons album cover
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for P+ and MTV / Metallica)

Metallica’s long-awaited new album, 72 Seasons, finally arrived in its entirety last week, following a four-month wait that began when the heavy metal icons surprise-dropped its lead single and eye-grabbing artwork.

The 72 Seasons cover was particularly puzzling for electric guitar fans, many of whom were left with the same question: what was that charred and broken guitar that could be seen lying on the floor?

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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.