Metallica's Kirk Hammett on his new book: 'Horror moves me'

The guitarist's book on horror movies is out now

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has explained the motivation behind his new book, Too Much Horror Business.

The 228-page book documents his obsession with horror movies and large collection of horror memorabilia. The guitarist tells Metal Hammer:

[Horror] just moves me. Some people are moved by ballet, I’m moved by horror movies.

Hammett – who saw his first horror film, Day Of The Triffids at the age of five, goes on to say that he sees parallels between horror movies and heavy metal. “[Metal and horror] use a lot of the same imagery," he says. "The classic case is Black Sabbath naming their band after the movie Black Sabbath. They both focus on dark-sounding things and suspense. The same sensations that you get in heavy metal are in horror movies. Heavy metal sounds evil and horror movies are evil, ha ha!”

Hammett recently confirmed that Metallica will start work on their new album, the follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic', "soon".

"Right now, we're kind of preoccupied with dealing with this 3D movie that we shot up in Canada last month," he said. "But once we're done with that, we're going to start hunkering down and putting riffs together. That's all going to happen soon. When asked whether Rick Rubin would be on production duties again, he said: "I really don't have an answer about Rick Rubin, although his name certainly comes up."

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