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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says quitting booze has improved his guitar playing

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says he’s a better musician after quitting the drink.

The metaller says that since going sober he has been able to diversify his guitar playing and he can also retain a lot more.

Reflecting upon the recording process for Metallica’s upcoming album ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’, Kirk told Guitar World: “The whole mental preparation for this album was different. I used to wind myself up so much before I went into the studio, but I’m finally feeling much more comfortable in my abilities.

“I feel like I’ve turned another corner – I’ve reconnected with my instrument. I quit drinking, which changed things.

“On nights we had shows, I’d play the gig, go out afterwards and get drunk, then go back to my room and play for a couple hours.

“I still do that. But the big difference is I don’t drink any more, and I retain what I played the next day. These days I feel I can play anything that I really set my mind to, whether it’s Paganini or a jazz standard.

“It might take me a couple of weeks – but I can do it!”

Boasting the songs ‘Hardwired’, ‘Moth Into Flame’ and ‘Atlas, Rise!’, ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ is released this coming Friday (18th November).

The band are celebrating release day by performing a ridiculously intimate show at the 850-capacity London House of Vans. The show will be streamed at from 9pm GMT.

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