Metallica Explains Cutting Back On Guitar Solos

When asked drummer Lars Ulrich about the apparent lack of guitar solos on ‘St. Anger’, he explained that lead guitarist Kirk Hammett was actually more involved on this effort than any of Metallica’s previous albums. “Kirk is actually way more involved in this record than the previous records because he actually took part with the writing of every one of the songs,” Ulrich said. “In the past, Kirk was sort of [not involved as much. It was] like, ‘Ok we’re six months into the record now. Me and [vocalist/guitarist] James [Hetfield] have done all the backing tracks. Kirk can come in and play his solo now. Can someone call and tell him that?’ It would be like that type of thing. I mean he was there for every minute of this record.”

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