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KIRK HAMMETT PORTALS EP OUT APRIL 23, “HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER” VIDEO & TRACK OUT NOW


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).

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METALLICA’S KIRK HAMMETT RELEASES SINGLE “HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER”


“This music was created with what I describe as an Audio-Cinematic approach. They’re soundtracks to the movies in your mind.” – Kirk Hammett 

Kirk Hammett of Metallica has released a first taste of his upcoming debut solo EP in the form of “High Plains Drifter.” The track opens the second side of Portals, Kirk’s four-song EP 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). 

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Announces Debut Solo EP ‘Portals’


Kirk Hammett of Metallica makes his solo debut with Portals, a four-song instrumental EP to be released 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).

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Yngwie Malmsteen Reschedules UK Shows To July 2022


Yngwie Malmsteen has rescheduled his two UK headline shows in support of new album PARABELLUM. They will now take place in July 2022 and will see Yngwie take to the stage at Wolverhampton’s KK’s Steel Mill (16 July) and London’s prestigious O2 Forum Kentish Town (17 July) marking 5 years since his last capital performance. Support for the two dates comes from Dutch metal outfit TerraDown, and Cypriot progressive-rocker Joakem.

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FEATURE – SLASH on new album ‘4’: “Recording live the way we did it was something I have wanted to do my whole career”


Interview Q&A with Slash by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has kept busy with his solo group. His latest project is his fifth solo album and fourth with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, hence the album name ‘4’. The album is out on February 11th 2022 via Gibson Records in partnership with BMG. The new album ‘4’ will be the first-ever album released on the new Gibson Records label, headquartered in the iconic American instrument brand Gibson’s hometown of Music City, Nashville. Considering the long partnership between Gibson and Slash, with Slash named the first global ambassador for the brand, it makes perfect sense that ‘4’ would be the first Gibson Records release.

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STEVE VAI AND IBANEZ REVEAL THE HYDRA


Steve Vai and Ibanez have revealed “The Hydra.” This one-of-a-kind instrument is the realized vision of a collaboration that’s been five years in the making.  It is a beast of an instrument – a one-bodied, two-headstock-ed, three-neck-ed creature that encompasses, among other things: 7 and 12-string guitars; a 4-string ¾ scale length bass; 13 sympathetic harp strings; half-fretless necks; single-coil, humbucking, piezo, MIDI and sustainer pickups; floating and hardtail tremolo bridges; phase splitters; and much, much more. 

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