METALLIC guitarist Kirk Hammett released a taste of his upcoming solo EP in the form of “High Plains Wanderer”. The track opens the second side of “Portals”, Churchfour-song EP, which will arrive on April 23 via Blacked out records on all digital platforms, on CD, and as a Record Store Day exclusive ocean blue vinyl EP (including a download card).
With contributions from Edwin Outwater (with who Church had already collaborated with METALLICit is “S&M²” concerts and outings), Jon Theodore of STONE AGE QUEENS (and Churchit is THE WEDDING COVENANT teammate), members of the LA Philharmonic and more, “High Plains Wanderer” shares a uniquely inspiring relationship with the 1973 cinematic classic of the same name. The song, Church explains, “wasn’t meant to be the music for this movie specifically, but it was once it was written, I immediately thought it conveyed the same feeling as the movie, so the piece was named accordingly.
“Music for “High Plains Wanderer” originally came from a flamenco piece I had written,” he continues. “It was a two and a half minute track, and I really liked it, but it was one of those riffs that would be hard to fit into METALLIC. I knew I wanted to do something with it, even if it came out spontaneously. I was sitting outside messing around with a flamenco acoustic guitar that I had just bought, and it passed on the moment. I was determined he would have a life. It would have its time.”
True to its title, “Portals” is a collection of gateways to musical and psychic destinations. Recorded worldwide, from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, “Portals” is the result of Churchthe journeys of life and an invitation to tap into your own inner world. Heavily influenced by classical music, soundtracks, horror movies, and maybe a little Ennio Morricone, Church wanted the EP to span decades and tackle all the horror he loves. The idea behind the EP was to have all the songs flow together, so he relied on a whole cast of his friends to record all four songs.
Produced by Church, “Portals” is composed of songs “The Maiden and the Monster” and “The Jinn” on side A, followed by “High Plains Wanderer” and “The Incantation” on the B side. The last two were co-written with Outwaterwho also contributed keyboards and led the orchestral musicians of the LA Philharmonic on “Portals”.
Other familiar names among “Portals” players include drummer Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman on bass, Emmys– winning arranger Blake Neely and Bob Rock.
Said Hammet: “Initially, before even having the idea of a solo EP, I was inspired by the need to create a kind of soundtrack to accompany The Kirk Hammett Collection for the first ‘It’s alive’ exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, 2017. I wanted to design music to loop in the background as people walked through the exhibit. I sat down one night with a progression, and before I knew it, all the parts were there for “The Maiden and the Monster”.
“The original concept of ‘Portals’ started with this single song. Following this, I realized that I could create different moments of the soundtrack. These songs are what I call ‘audio cinematic’; I create sounds and pieces of music for the movies that go through my head. I hope they create movies in other people’s heads the same way.”
“Portals” will be available to order on the store met and the Probity UK shop on Saturday 23rd April.
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