That riff was inspired by WHAT, again?

Oh, man, if I’d had a drink in my mouth I’d have spewed it when I got to this part of Gibson’s Kirk Hammett feature

The inspiration behind the “Enter Sandman” riff was … Soundgarden.

Hammett’s most famous riff might never have occurred had he not been a fan of Soundgarden. In a 2008 interview with Rolling Stone, he explained: “Soundgarden had just put out Louder Than Love. I was trying to capture their attitude toward big, heavy riffs. It was two o’clock in the morning. I put it on tape and didn’t think about it. When [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] heard the riff, he said, ‘That’s really great. But repeat the first part four times.’ It was that suggestion that made it even more hooky.”

That’s some funny shiz-nit, yo. Remember this? Chris Cornell insisted that Soundgarden wasn’t influenced by heavy metal AT ALL, but here we have the guitar player for one of the bands that pioneered thrash metal saying he was influenced by Soundgarden. Now, I know “Enter Sandman” might not exactly have been a thrash metal record, but “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” was, and it had that dark, foreboding riff there at the beginning just like “Enter Sandman” did. Like I told my buddy that posted that link on Facebook, I’m sure Chris Cornell’s head would explode if he heard the lead guitar player in one of the baddest-ass metal bands in the world was a fan of his band.

My friend replied, “He’d probably be even madder to find out that Bruce Dickinson thinks he’s a great metal singer.” Yes, indeed. It’d be fun to see which one of those would result in the more violent head explosion. 😉


4 Responses to “That riff was inspired by WHAT, again?”

  1. Albatross Says:

    Bruce Dickinson is known for making heads explode violently.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    What, with that air-raid siren wail? 😉 I wouldn’t doubt it! “Just what I saw, in my own dreams, was a reflection of my warped mind staring back at me. ‘Cause in my dreams, it’s always there! The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair!…YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!”

  3. teks Says:

    One of Soundgarden’s biggest influences was Black Sabbath. I’m pretty sure Black Sabbath were heavy metal.

  4. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Yep. In fact, from what I’ve read, Black Sabbath is considered one of the very first heavy metal bands.

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