Ever get frustrated when you misplaced something? Then that feeling really worsens and sinks down when your realize that you’ll never see it again. Unfortunately, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett felt this pain. Back in 2012, the 400 riffs that he was able to churn out went missing with his iPhone. These riffs were painstakingly recorded on voice notes for the group’s 10th album.
Hammett only spoke out about this misfortune recently, so this is big news in the Metallica community.
“I put riffs on my iPhone, but something very unfortunate happened to me about six months ago. I lost my iPhone [containing] 250 musical ideas. And I was crushed. It didn’t get backed up,” Hammett told Jamey Jasta (via Blabbermouth).
He went on to reveal, “I can only remember, like, eight of [the ideas]. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn’t meant to be and I’ll just move forward with it.”
While Hammett is struggling to recall all of the missing pieces, the group is starting to let their new album take shape. Hammett suggested that the veteran producer Greg Fidelman will be helping out. “We love working with him,” said Hammett. “And, for me, his whole attitude toward working is so right on, man. I can’t wait to get into the studio and work with him. He’s not a ballbuster, but he is a slave driver.”
Hammett described the new album as riff driven and very heavy, “it’s a lot similar to Death Magnetic but different in certain parts. And, you know, there’s a couple of songs that remind me of something on And Justice for All, but the album doesn’t sound like And Justice for All.”
Lets hope he doesn’t go and loose their demos… now that would suck.