Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All Turns 30: Rob Halford, Jason Newsted + More Discuss The Seminal Debut Album

by (@BHSmithNYC)

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Jason Newsted

“I bought (Kill ‘Em All) on first sight/listen at Zia Records in Tempe, Arizona the week of release. I was floored. Flotsam and Jetsam (Newsted’s band) was already playing fast but this was otherworldly speed metal. We were instant fans. It set in motion what I consider the blueprints of our genre along with the first Slayer and Exodus albums. ‘Whiplash’ and ‘Anesthesia’ are timeless masterpieces in my opinion. ‘Whiplash’ for its raw appeal and Cliff opening up the sky for young aspiring bassists to venture out past the edges of where bass lived previously with ‘Anesthesia.’”