NewsApril 22, 2022 10:40 AM ET3,061 views

Kirk Hammett releases 'High Plains Drifter' video

Official press release:

Kirk Hammett of Metallica rings in the release of his debut solo EP Portals with a stunning video for "High Plains Drifter." "This music was created with what I describe as an Audio-Cinematic approach," Hammett has said. "They're soundtracks to the movies in your mind."

In an expression of this Audio-Cinematic approach, the newly unveiled "High Plains Drifter" animated clip directed by Awesome + modest (Bo Burnham, Mountain Goats, U2: From The Sky Down) creates an ever-morphing psychedelic dreamscape that perfectly complements the first track released from the four-song Portals, out April 23, 2022 via Blackened Recordings across digital platforms, on CD, and as a Record Store Day Exclusive Ocean Blue Vinyl EP (including a download card).

The "High Plains Drifter" video can be seen here:


True to its title, Portals 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.

Produced by Kirk, Portals is comprised of the songs "Maiden and the Monster" and "The Jinn" on side A, followed by "High Plains Drifter" and "The Incantation" on side B (both co-written with Edwin Outwater, who contributes keyboards and leads the orchestral players from the LA Philharmonic on Portals—and with whom Kirk had previously collaborated on Metallica's S&M2 concerts and releases). Other familiar names amongst the Portals players include Jon Theodore, Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman, Emmy-winning arranger Blake Neely, and Bob Rock.

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rick_tocchet 4/22/2022 7:56:53 AM

So Kirk does an ayahuasca cermony and this happens next.

anonymous 4/22/2022 7:58:49 AM

This band is physically incapable of NOT tearing their legacy to shreds.

anonymous 4/22/2022 8:03:25 AM

Ennio Morricone? More like Can-you, Man-whore, bone-me? Thank you, thank you, thank you

anonymous 4/22/2022 8:42:24 AM

This is better than anything Metallica has put out in the last 34 years.

VodkaVeins 4/22/2022 9:06:27 AM

Namaste, Kirk.

anonymous 4/22/2022 12:44:46 PM

This is not the Beastie Boys cover I was promised

anonymous 4/22/2022 9:15:12 PM

this blew my mullet back

anonymous 4/22/2022 11:11:47 PM

I like it!

anonymous 4/23/2022 8:32:00 AM

Start working from home! Great work for-Ever, Stay at Home Moms OR anyone needs an extra income. Get started. You only need a computer and a reliable computer connection so don't get late try…… 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦

anonymous 4/23/2022 11:43:49 AM

lol millionaire from LA thinks he's a cowboy

anonymous 4/23/2022 8:37:21 PM

Screw it, man. I like it. Turd-Sandwich ingested.

anonymous 4/24/2022 8:32:01 AM

Conservatives finger kids.

anonymous 4/24/2022 12:39:44 PM

Same to thinking this was a Beastie Boys cover. Kirk….f*cking hell.

anonymous 4/26/2022 5:29:50 AM

This is actually pretty tight. Jaymez and Lars would have been smart to let Kirk write more over the years, but I guess we needed even more pentatonic riffs in E for every song since 1995.




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