Kirk Hammett Says He Felt Insecure About Working Without Metallica

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In a new interview with Total Guitar, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett discussed his debut solo record, ‘Portals,’ and said that working alone without his bandmates made him feel a little insecure.

Kirk Hammett released his debut solo EP, ‘Portals,’ on April 23, 2022, and became the first-ever Metallica member involved in a side project. The record includes four instrumental tracks and slight departs from Metallica’s heavy metal sound. The guitarist used his interest in horror movies as inspiration for the concept of his debut EP.

Each of the four instrumental tracks follows a different era in horror movie history. Although Hammett initially planned it to be the background music for his ‘It’s Alive!’ horror exhibition, featuring the private collection the guitarist collected over the past 30 years, he later decided to turn it into an EP. ‘Portals’ was highly praised for its compositional and technical strength and Hammett’s creative vision.

During a recent interview, the interviewer asked the guitarist how it was to work solo after years of a collaborative effort with the band. Kirk Hammett explained that this record allowed him to express the other sides of his musical personality, which made him quite happy. In Metallica, they’ve been doing everything together and supporting each other, yet he was solely in charge of this solo record. It was challenging for him, making him feel insecure and naked. The guitarist also thinks it is natural to be full of self-doubt, but he believes in the quality of his music.

About working without Metallica, Hammett said:

“It’s something I’ve been living with for a long time. I have this whole other side of my musical personality, but I’ve never had a real platform to express it. Now I do, and I’m really happy about that. It’s pretty weird because usually, at this point with an album release, it’s not just me, it’s the four of us, and we have each other’s backs, and we’re supporting each other.

But this time, taking it all on by myself, I feel a little bit naked and a little bit insecure. When I’m feeling that way, that’s when I need to take a step back and say, ‘It’s okay to believe in the music,’ and that gets me through all those feelings of self-doubt.”

You can listen to ‘Portals’ through Spotify below.