Haha, as soon as I read that I knew you were going to bring me into this!
I think Kirk Hammett, though maybe overrated by the common idiot at no fault of his own, has written some very memorable solos. To me, the solo in the intro to Fade To Black is stellar, it fits perfectly and I'll bet just about anybody reading this can sing it in their head! He's also the guy who came up with the Enter Sandman riff. I don't care what anybody says, that tune, and particularly the mood of that intro, is top notch. It's a metal tune, and it's not an international hit by accident. He does not deserve to be rated so high in all of the magazines, but I think he also catches more heat than he deserves.
We've agreed to disagree on this one, many times!
I also agree with Julian. Hate that guy!