According to The Pulse Of Radio, METALLICA lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has just finished composing his second classical music piece in conjunction with his wife Lani. Hammett revealed the news at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum on Tuesday (July 24), as part of an event launching "It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection", an exhibition of horror memorabilia from Hammett's vast personal collection.
The music the couple wrote is meant to convey the feelings one gets from the posters in the exhibition — among them classic posters for films like "Dracula", "Frankenstein", "Barbarella", "Bride Of Frankenstein", "Creature From The Black Lagoon", "Invasion Of The Saucer-Men", "King Kong" and "Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein".
Hammett said about "The Jinn", which is the name of the new piece: "It will come to the museum in a bit, at some point... The title 'The Jinn' will hopefully set the mood for how you experience music because it tells a story of the jinn [a Middle Eastern term for genie]."
Hammett's first classical piece, "Maiden & The Monster", was composed for his inaugural "It's Alive!" exhibit in 2017 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Hammett explained: "I'm getting more and more into classical music, classical composers, and a lot of classical composers take on the horror genre." He added: "I want to start orchestrating music, and telling musical stories through music, in much the same way as a lot of these classical guys did in the 19th century, 20th century."
Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio a while back why he has shared his collection in recent years at festivals, his own convention and in a 2012 book. "There's a certain part of being a collector, you know, that's based on selfishness," he said. "You know, you're buying stuff for yourself. You're collecting stuff for yourself. You know, I've always been aware of this, you know, selfish aspect of collecting, and after a while, it came to a point where I just decided to start being generous. I wanted to share my collection with people who are into this sort of thing."
Hammett released a coffee table book in 2012 called "Too Much Horror Business" that featured photos of his extensive collection of monster and horror memorabilia.
He displayed a portion of his collection in the "Kirk's Crypt" exhibition during the 2012 and 2013 Orion Music + More festivals.
The METALLICA guitarist is also known as the Fear FestEvil horror convention organizer.