Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett believes that heavy metal music has what it takes to live on for centuries to come. While chatting on a recent episode of Gibson Icons, Hammett spoke frankly about how he feels the genre will be perceived and dissected in the future, explaining, “I hope this doesn’t sound too far-fetched or whimsical, but classical music has survived 700 years, even longer, but they can’t really document it. I really believe that heavy metal will probably outlast this century and maybe outlast us.”

He went on to say, “”And I don’t know what the world’s going to be like in the future, but as long as there’s a need for aggressive, energetic music that’s somewhat therapeutic, I think that there will be musicologists in the future, they’re going to find our music and find some merit and quality in it. And that’s huge.”


  • Metallica’s last studio album, Hardwired To Self-Destruct was released on November 18th, 2016.
  • The album, which featured no songwriting contributions from guitarist Kirk Hammett, was co-produced by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Greg Fidelman.
  • Hardwired To Self-Destruct topped Billboard’s Billboard 200, Independent Albums, Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums, and Top Rock Albums charts.

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica on November 18th, 2016 live in London: