Kirk Hammett of Metallica is making his solo debut this April

'Portals' arrives April 23
Kirk Hammett of Metallica
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Surprise! Guitarist Kirk Hammett has a new solo EP, titled Portals, arriving soon. The debut instrumental effort from the longtime Metallica member will hit independent retailers and the band's web store just in time for Record Store Day!

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The Metallica and former Exodus guitarist makes his solo debut with a four-song instrumental EP, titled Portals, on April 23 via digital, CD, and special Record Store Day exclusive "ocean blue" vinyl formats through the band's Blackened Recordings.

According to a press release, Hammett's offering is a "collection of gateways to myriad musical and psychic destinations. Recorded in multiple locales ranging from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, Portals is both the result of musical and metaphysical journeys. An invitation to inner worlds accessible only by music and the psyche it fuels."

"This music was created with what I describe as an Audio-Cinematic approach. They’re soundtracks to the movies in your mind,” says Hammett.

Kirk Hammett - Portals tracklisting:

Side A:
"Maiden and the Monster"
"The Jinn"

Side B:
"High Plains Drifter"
"The Incantation"

Portals was co-written with keyboardist and orchestral leader Edwin Outwater, whom Kirk had previously collaborated with on Metallica's S&M2 concerts and official releases. Other familiar names involved with the release include Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age) Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman, Emmy-winning arranger Blake Neely, and Bob Rock. Pick up Portals on April 23 via the Met Store.

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