In an interview which will be published with the next issue of UK Metal Hammer Metallica’s guitarist, Kirk Hammet, said that he felt excluded from the writing process on Hardwired… while Hetfield and Ulrich were in charge. Hammet admited that he found the band’s songwriting plan a “very bitter pill to swallow”. “For me, being in this band, I always want to contribute. I always have a lot of musical concepts and ideas to bring to the table. Obviously, that was not meant to be this time, and I had to accept that fact. So I focused on my solos, just making sure that my playing on the album was at its best – at its full potential. Hopefully I can bring my ideas to the next Metallica album. I just hope it’s not another eight years.”