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

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Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)

“A friend of mine was a college radio DJ and he got a very early copy of the album from Megaforce Records. I remember him thinking it was the most raucous, noisiest thing he’d ever heard and gave me the album because he didn’t like it. I, on the other hand, was blown away. It was the heaviest thing I had ever heard. At that point Accept and Motorhead were the heaviest bands around and this surpassed them both by a long shot. It had the ultimate chunk that I had been searching for in a band! It was a complete game-changer and single-handedly created an entire genre. It’s just a significant as Nirvana‘s Nevermind or The Sex PistolsNever Mind The Bollocks. At the time, I was all about the songs, especially ‘The Four Horsemen,’ but now that I’ve heard them so many times I find my favorite part of the album is Cliff’s bass solo. It shows what a virtuoso and how unbelievably original he was. I mean, a bass solo on a debut studio album, who does that?”