Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is no stranger to Exodus, having co-founded the band in 1980. He reunited with his former band during his “Fear FestEvil” back in February to play “Piranha” and a cover of “Godzilla.” That’s apparently led to more, as Hammett tells Rolling Stone that he’ll be playing on a solo on the band’s new album. He’ll be playing on a song called “Salt in the Wound.”
“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett says. “Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the Exodus demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me.”
Hammett describes the song as “super heavy,” adding:
I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what?” Hammett asks. “I listened to that and thought, ‘Wow, it’s 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other’s heads off with our guitar solos.’ Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I’ve only known them for most of my life, so I’m really happy that I finally got to record with them.”
Hammett will be joining Exodus once again later tonight at the Fear FestEvil After Party at the San Diego Comic Con International, playing cover songs with them. He promises some metal cover songs, like but also Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and The Who’s “The Real Me,” but also Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary of a Madman,” which he played acoustically earlier this year:
“I’ve been jonesing to play that on electric,” Hammett says. “Every time we played it acoustic, I’ve been itching to play it the way I remember hearing it, which is the full-on electric, Randy Rhoads version. Finally I’m going to get my wish and will be playing with Rob and Tom Hunting from Exodus and other people, and it’s going to be great.”
We’re sure video will make it’s way online as soon as the show ends, which of course we’ll bring to you when it does.