When I was learning how to play guitar in high school, Metallica was one of the most popular bands at the time and had been for a decade and a half. I was a fan of their music, and especially of their guitar player Kirk Hammett. Hammett did a series of guitar instruction features for Guitar World. I only read a couple at the time, but I was excited to see that Hal Leonard had recently re-released the articles in their entirety with commentary throughout in GUITAR WORLD PRESENTS KIRK HAMMETT'S THE SOUND AND THE FURY.
Nick Bowcott takes the articles that Hammett produced for Guitar World and presents them in way that guitar players can learn and build as they go through the book. Bowcott's gives some history behind Metallica and Hammett's journey as a guitar player, as well as some insight into how Hammett achieves his legendary guitar sound.
The book comes with a CD to play along with all of the examples throughout the book. Hammett is one of the best guitar players there is, and this book provides a great opportunity to learn some of the techniques that make him great.
Review copy provided by Hal Leonard Books