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Kirk Hammett Unveils One of His Favorite Solos, Discusses Guitar Work on ‘Black’ Album + More

Chuck Armstrong

In an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the shredder discussed everything from horror movies to Metallica's next studio album to Orion Music + More 2013. At the end of the chat, we knew we couldn't leave without asking him about something near and dear to his heart: guitar solos...

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‘Enter Sandman’ – Story Behind the Song


As the opening track on 1991's self-titled album, Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' is one of the most well-known songs from the band's last three decades. With a memorable opening guitar riff, the song lays the foundation for what fans affectionately call 'The Black Album...

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Metallica, ‘Load’ – Album Overview


When a band has a successful album, the usual plan is to release another one with a reasonably similar sound a couple years later to capitalize on the previous record’s success and keep the momentum going. Metallica has never done it that way. They work on their own timetable, and generally piss off a portion of their fan base with every new release, but garner legions of new fans in the process.

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Metallica, ‘Sad But True’ – Official Music Video


On the heels of directing 'Enter Sandman' and 'Wherever I May Roam,' Wayne Isham stuck around to film Metallica's final music video from their 1991 self-titled album. The video for 'Sad But True,' which debuted Oct. 5, 1992, is the band's fifth clip from their eponymous album.

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Metallica, ‘Wherever I May Roam’ – Official Music Video


With the music video for 'Wherever I May Roam,' Metallica joined back up with director Wayne Isham, whom the band worked with previously for 'Enter Sandman.' After a few months of shooting in San Diego, California and throughout the Northeastern United States, the video premiered on May 21, 1992.

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Metallica, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ – Official Music Video


'Nothing Else Matters' is Metallica's fourth music video, debuting on Feb. 25, 1992. Directed by Adam Dubin, the video takes fans behind the scenes with footage filmed during the recording of the bands self-titled disc (aka The Black Album) in the spring of 1991.

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Metallica, ‘The Unforgiven’ – Official Music Video


Making its worldwide debut on Nov. 19, 1991, 'The Unforgiven' is the third music video released by Metallica. Like 'One,' there are multiple versions of this music video: the standard video that clocks in at six minutes and 24 seconds, and the "theatrical" version that runs more than 11 and a half minutes long.

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Metallica, ‘Metallica’ (The Black Album) – Album Overview


With 1991‘s self-titled release, also known as ‘The Black Album,’ Metallica went from being one of the most popular and successful metal bands to being one of the most popular and successful bands, period. It launched their career into the stratosphere.

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Metallica, ‘Enter Sandman’ – Official Music Video


With one of the most recognizable openings of any rock song, 'Enter Sandman' invaded Metallica fans' television sets on July 30, 1991, just two weeks before the band's self-titled album hit storesheles. 'Enter Sandman' marks Metallica's second music video of their career.

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