Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett lately sat down with Final Basic Rock to debate the whole lot about his upcoming solo EP Portals. Hammett was requested why he selected producer Bob Rock to combine the songs as a substitute of common Metallica engineer Greg Fidelman, and his reply appears to trace that possibly Metallica was as much as one thing final summer season?
Hammett mentions Fidelman twice, saying he “had his arms full with all kinds of different Metallica stuff” and “he was as much as his neck in different Metallica commitments.” After all that may very well be mixing some stay materials and even engaged on the Load and Reload field units… or possibly it was new music.
“When it got here time to get the stuff collectively, it was final summer season. A lot of the stuff was recorded. However I nonetheless wanted to do a number of guitar elements right here and there so as to add to the songs. All of it wanted to be blended. The 4 tracks wanted to be blended and I believed, ‘How am I going to do that?’ You understand, I am unable to actually journey to the mainland and do all of these items, as a result of I’ve commitments in Hawaii and COVID is occurring – however when issues began to open up a bit bit extra too as effectively, I believed, ‘Wait a second, Bob Rock‘s in Maui. I am right here in Oahu.’ That is a brief flight and I do know that he could be the perfect particular person to do that as a result of he loves guitar and that is all fuckin’ guitar-oriented stuff.
“I imply, it is guitar-dominated. The guitar dominates the whole lot. I believed, ‘How about I give Bob a name?’ I did not need to hassle Greg Fidelman, as a result of he had his arms full with all kinds of different Metallica stuff. I did not actually know who else to name. So you recognize, after I thought of Bob, I believed, ‘That is nice as a result of Bob and I are mates.’ We’ve got an ideal working relationship. We love the identical stuff. We love the identical guitar gamers, the identical guitars, the identical amps, the identical sorts of music. We’ve got a historical past and we’re buds.
“So when he came to visit to Honolulu, it was actually cool to see him once more and be working with him once more. You understand, after I see Bob, the beginning of these days had been like this: We might discuss guitars and music for fuckin’ two hours after which say, ‘Oh, shit! We have got to start out working!’ Then we might work. I imply, we simply have a mutual love for this sort of factor. I actually did not have anybody else to name. Like I mentioned, I’d have liked to have had Greg do it, however he was as much as his neck in different Metallica commitments, so Bob was the subsequent greatest man. You understand, he got here via for me and actually helped me out. I’m actually appreciative of that.”
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