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

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Chris Jericho

“I found Kill ‘Em All at Records On Wheels, remember record stores, Winnipeg, Canada in 1985. After looking at the zit-faced, teenage moustache-endowed scumbags on the back cover, I immediately knew this was my band because they looked exactly like me. It blew my mind how fast and heavy it was. And the opening crescendo of ‘Hit The Lights’ was—and still is—the perfect way to start an album and a career. Plus ‘(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth’ kicked my ass! It completely changed the entire face of not just metal, but of music as well. In 1983 nobody played music like this, nobody! Now even One Direction has heavy riffs and fast solos. My favorite part of the entire album is when James yells ‘ALRIGHT!’ just as ‘Seek And Destroy’ kicks in. I want to punch myself in the face every time I hear it, even to this day. And I often do.”