Metallica's Kirk Hammett Picks His Favorite Lead Solo

Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has named his solo on the song "The Unforgiven" his favorite out of the countless numbers of solos he's recorded and performed with the band over the past 36 years.

Speaking to Kerrang!, Hammett cited the process of the solo’s creation in the studio with producer Bob Rock as the reason he’s so fond of it. He explained, "I remember showing up to the studio that morning, thinking I was going to play all these certain licks and then Bob Rock’s going, ‘That’s f**king crap.’ Then it was one of the very first times when I said, ‘Just f**king hit the record button,’ and s**t flowed out. I prefer to record my solos that way now because I like the spontaneity of it; that’s how that solo was pretty much created."

"The Unforgiven" can be found on Metallica's 1991 self-titled "black album" and is still played live by the band to this day.

Hammett said recently that he has a lot of ideas for the band's follow-up to 2016's Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. He told us a while back that getting a new Metallica LP started is always an intense process: "Whenever we go into the studio, it becomes such a huge sort of thing in our lives that it takes on monstrous proportions, you know. It takes up a lot of space in our lives, you know. You can look at it as something monstrous, for sure."

Metallica launched a spring/summer European tour on May 1st in Lisbon, Portugal and will visit some 20 countries in total, ending in Mannheim, Germany on August 25th.