Kirk Hammett, who you know as the guitarist for Metallica, has an instrumental solo EP coming out on April 23, "Portals." He's shared a new song from it, "High Plains Drifter." Edwin Outwater of Metallica, Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age, and members of the LA Philharmonic orchestra all helped with the track.
Hammett explains that the song does share an inspirational relationship with a film from 1973 with the same name. “[The song] was not meant to be specifically music for that film, but … once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same sentiment as the film, so the piece was christened accordingly. The music for ‘High Plains Drifter’ initially came from a Flamenco piece I had written. It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I really liked it, but it was one of those riffs that would be hard to integrate into Metallica.”
He continued, “I knew I wanted to do something with it, even though it came out spontaneously. I had been sitting outside messing around with a Flamenco acoustic guitar I’d just bought, and it flowed out in the moment. I was determined it would have a life. It would have its moment.”