Metallica – The guitar power of the Black Album: inside the new issue of Total Guitar

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This month, in celebration of 30 years of Metallica's Black Album, we talk to lead guitarist Kirk Hammett about the making of the original record, the gear he used, and Kirk offers up playing tips for some choice cuts. 'The Metallica Blacklist' stars, Cage The Elephant and Rodrigo y Gabriela talk us through their cover versions of 'The Unforgiven' and 'The Struggle Within'.

Plus! Total Guitar reveals a sensational Metallica ‘deepfake’ song, tabbed in full so you can learn some of the band’s trademark guitar techniques.

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Samantha Fish:

Her roots are in blues, but Samantha Fish is pushing the boundaries on a new album – with influences ranging from Prince to Fleetwood Mac, and a simpler approach to her songwriting and her gear. As she explains: “It doesn’t always work to have a 10-minute solo in the studio!”

The Vaccines

The two guitarists in The Vaccines make an odd couple. Frontman Justin Young still thinks of himself as “a beginner”, while Freddie Cowan is “a proper gear head” whose homemade pedal is the band’s secret weapon. It’s a strange set-up, but it works...

Icon: Brian Setzer

He's the rockabilly twanger who led the Stray Cats to glory in the 80s, and he's still searching for new sounds – with influences running deep from jazz to Bossa nova. But when Brian Setzer plugs in, he always has one thing on his mind: "You gotta have the rumble!"

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Total Guitar is one of Europe's biggest guitar magazines. With lessons to suit players of all levels, TG's world-class tuition is friendly, accessible and jargon-free, whether you want to brush up on your technique or improve your music theory knowledge. We also talk to the biggest names in the world of guitar – from interviews with all-time greats like Brian May and Eddie Van Halen to our behind the scenes Rig Tour features, we get you up close with the guitarists that matter to you.