Kirk Hammett is a name known to those who preach the lord of Metal, Ozzy Osbourne and suckle at the long haired, riff pounding bosom of it’s biggest disciples, Metallica, but now, coffee lovers everywhere will be curious to discover that the master of the shredded lick and power riff is also a fellow neologism. (A Neologism is a caffeine lover – but you knew that already.)
The signature guitarist has his own coffee blend to celebrate Kirk’s signature guitar pedal, the Ghoul Screamer. Sometimes the coffee gods give, sometimes they take; for Kirk and his legions of fans, they have confused. Well, not to the coffee fans.
The pedal, made by KHDK Electronics, has teamed up with Dark Matter Coffee for a special limited edition brew, sourced from El Salvador and featuring notes of apricot, praline, bourbon and mulling spice. The Dark Matter Coffee website explains:
Guarding a serpentine circuit of obsidian, Ghoul Screamer was forged in the bottomless mines of Az’g’orath to protect humanity from the forces of evil by summoning the scream of the Ghoul. (from “ghôùll”, Sumarian for “sick tone”). Heed the prophecy; only warriors of the sacred caffeine-to-blood ratio will wield the power of Ghoul Screamer, a fully fermented brew with waves of untamed punch. Those unworthy will be consumed by its force.
The states based coffee roaster and importer have done collaborations before including, Charlie Benante (drummer from Anthrax)’s “Fernet Branca Blend”, “Hypercaffium Sapzzinate” for The Descendents and “Get The F*ck out of Bed” for Martin Atkins, the legendary drummer of the post punk era.
Hammett appears to be very at ease with his coffee selection and gives the blend produced by Dark Matter Coffee the “triple thumbs up.” It’s obviously a condition prevalent only in the Metal Guitar world. You can watch Hammett selecting his coffee and giving positive feedback in the video below.