James Hetfield wrote the majority of riffs in Metallica. But not all. The runner-up is Kirk Hammett, who is co-author of 50 Metallica tracks, or ~1/2 the entire catalogue (note that solos never counted in the matter, but riffs and composition).
Only two albums don’t feature Kirk Hammett’s riff contributions – Kill ’em All (‘cause just joined) and Hardwired (‘cause rip iPhone). And his licks from Enter Sandman and Creeping Death have become heavy metal classics.
But we still don’t know most of the riffs behind Kirk Hammett’s name in Metallica’s songwriting credits. Here we collect all of them, with evidence from interviews and documentaries.
The list is updating, so join our MetGang to learn of new Kirk’s riffs we discover! And if you know a missing one, please share the source in the comments (moderated) or contact form.
(The page got too heavy from links and files. So, click on individual songs for the riff info and extra materials.)
TRAPPED UNDER ICE – main, middle
MASTER OF PUPPETS – pre-chorus (+main?, verse?)
THE THING THAT SHOULD NOT BE – ?
WELCOME HOME (SANITARIUM) – intro
DAMAGE, INC. – bridge
…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL – hammer-on jumper (+else?)
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER – ?
THE FRAYED ENDS OF SANITY – ?
DYERS EVE – ?
THE UNFORGIVEN – verse
THROUGH THE NEVER – main
OF WOLF AND MAN – main
2X4 – ?
THE HOUSE JACK BUILT – ?
KING NOTHING – ?
BLEEDING ME – bridge
WASTING MY HATE – ?
THORN WITHIN – ?
FUEL – ?
THE UNFORGIVEN II – ?
SLITHER – ?
CARPE DIEM BABY – ?
BAD SEED – ?
FIXXXER – ?
ST ANGER – chorus
SWEET AMBER – pre-chorus
THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES – intro
REST OF ST. ANGER AND DEATH MAGNETIC – ?
3 replies on “All Metallica riffs Kirk Hammett wrote”
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Dyers Eve’s main is from Kirk?! https://youtu.be/o9DeJ4nz6vU
It could have been just headline made by a journalist instead of Kirk’s own words, I guess. Producing catchy, yet often far-fetched headline is 101 of journalism, heh.
But yeah, it’s a strong suggestion that the riff is by him.