Has Kirk Hammett entered the Old West? The Metallica guitarist certainly shows a different side to his playing with the newly released song “High Plains Drifter.”

If that name sounds familiar, it’s likely because it’s also the title to the 1973 western film of the same name and it’s evident that Hammett’s track would fit well within that Old West soundtrack sound. The song is featured on Hammett’s new solo EP, Portals, opening the second side of the set.

“This music was created with what I describe as an Audio-Cinematic approach. They’re soundtracks to the movies in your mind,” says Hammett of his vision for the four-song EP that’s due on April 23.

While Hammett’s playing is featured in “High Plains Drifter,” he’s hardly the only musician heard within this soaring song. Edwin Outwater, Queens of the Stone Age’s Jon Theodore and members of the L.A. Philharmonic help expand the musical scope of the track.

Hammett’s “High Plains Drifter” is available via multiple platforms right here. You can also look for Portals available for pre-order in CDdigital and vinyl forms ahead of the April 23 release. It will also be a Record Store Day exclusive with fans being able to purchase an Ocean Blue vinyl EP.

Source: Loudwire

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