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NME: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says he wanted ‘Enter Sandman’ to be the next ‘Smoke On The Water’

Oct 10, 2021

Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett has revealed that when he first sat down to write ‘Enter Sandman’, he wanted to make the next ‘Smoke On The Water’ by Deep Purple. Speaking in a new interview, the guitarist went into detail about the classic song’s creation and how the riff was inspired by Soundgarden. “I sat down and I said to myself, as I always do, ‘I want to write the next ‘Smoke On The Water’,’ And I just started messing around,” Hammett told Guitar World. “I got the swing kind of feel going, and then I was thinking of Soundgarden and how they were using dropped tunings.”

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