Kirk Hammett Wanted ‘Enter Sandman’ to Be Next ‘Smoke on the Water’
Kirk Hammett recently discussed the grunge influences of Metallica's iconic "Enter Sandman" in an interview with Guitar World. His aim for the song was to write the next "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.
He revealed the riff of the song was born at three in the morning in a hotel room while listening to Soundgarden's Louder Than Love during the band's Damaged Justice tour.
“This was when grunge was at its earliest stage – we’re talking late 1989 or so. No one was even calling it grunge yet. But I was loving a lot of it, and it was influencing me somewhat.
"I remember that when the first part of it came to me, I thought, ‘It sounds like it’s asking a question, and now I’ve got to resolve it.’ So that’s where the chunky chord part, with the G and F#, came in. And famously, when I originally wrote the riff, that chunky thing happened at the end of every line."
He then revealed how Lars added the finishing touches to the Black Album single.
“Then Lars said, ‘Repeat the first part.’ So we changed it to where we repeat the first part three times and then the chunky chords come in. That made it hookier and bouncier – less heavy metal. It made a good-sounding riff fucking great."
“But if you think about the way the riff was originally – chunkier, more metal – you know, maybe it could have ended up on …And Justice for All.”