Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett Hosts Fear FestEvil With Exodus And Death Angel

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Heavy Metal, Music
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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has always been a lifelong horror film fan. But now the crazy bastard is hosting his very own annual horror convention for the first time. Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL (What an awesome pun) is set to go off between the 6th – 8th of February 2014, at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. The event which will take place over the three days includes performances from bands such as Exodus, Death Angel and Carcass and appearances from Slash and Scott Ian.

It may be surprising for some to learn, that Hammett was actually a former member of the original Exodus lineup, before he joined Metallica in 1983. Of course his infamous replacement Dave Mustaine is common knowledge though. Hammett is also credited with coming up with Exodus as the name for the band.

The Metallica guitarist also has a long standing relationship with Death Angel that goes all the way back to when Hammett helped the band produce their first demo “Kill As One” in 1986.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle Hammett explained, “I’ve been into [horror] stuff since I was five years old . . . My love for this stuff is insane and totally obsessive-compulsive. It’s just one of those things. I’m still waiting to outgrow it or get tired of it or get bored with it. But it does not seem to happen.”

In another interview with Loudwire Hammett tries to describe why he believes horror is so popular “They’re just fun. They’re a fun experience. It’s not unlike a roller coaster ride, you know? A good horror movie should have peaks and valleys, a good horror movie should move you emotionally, a good horror movie should be exciting to watch and energizing in a weird kind of way . . . horror movies deliver that.”

“I’ve always been attracted to the darker things in life. I was never one to go for light, airy stuff, even as a child. My whole aesthetic has always been one of the darker side. That rings true also in my tastes in music.”

You can visit for more detailed information about what is probably one of the most awesome horror fan conventions to have ever exsisted. Shame I don’t live in California, or I’d certainly be there.

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