guitarist and horror aficionado  held his second annual Fear FestEvil over the weekend in San Jose, Calif. One of the events was a panel discussion featuring Hammett, Corey Taylor, John 5 and Charlie Benante.

Watch the entire nearly 45 minute discussion which touched on numerous horror-related topics including psychopaths and favorite horror books, above. Check out a recap of some of the festival's events and several photos in the Facebook post below.

In addition to live performances from bands such as Meshuggah, High on Fire, Agnostic Front, Orchid, Ghoul and Asada Messiah, Fear FestEvil featured autograph sessions, a Carnival of Chaos  and Hammett's collection of horror memorabilia.

Thanks to all who came out to another successful Fear FestEvil! Night Three featured our pal Slash joining the guys for...

Posted by Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil on Monday, April 13, 2015


As Metallica continue to work on a new album, Hammett recently updated their progress, saying, “I don’t think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we’re at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It’s hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we’re making plans to write more songs and record.”

Metallica will be taking some time away from the studio this summer for some live shows, including a headlining slot at Lollapalooza on Aug. 1. They’ll also be part of the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas on May 9. The band has several European summer shows planned as well. See their dates here.

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