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Kirk Hammett On Feeling Excluded From Songwriting Process On New Metallica Album

The making of Metallica's new Hardwired...To Self-Destruct album apparently wasn't all a pleasure to one of the band's members.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Metal Hammer magazine that he felt excluded from the songwriting process, which was done mostly by frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. Hammett calls his exclusion "a very bitter pill to swallow. For me, being in this band, I always want to contribute. Obviously, that was not meant to be this time and I had to accept that fact. Hopefully I can bring my ideas to the next Metallica album. I just hope it's not another eight years."

Hammett somewhat famously lost a large number of guitar riff ideas -- about 250, he's said -- after misplacing his cell phone during the recording process.

Hardwired..., Metallica's long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, comes out on Friday (November 18), and the group will celebrate with a club show in London that will be live streamed at 4 p.m. EST.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.