“This is similar to Terrorizer’s World Downfall in that it’s a short record, and the drumming is fucking unreal. Without Dave Lombardo, I probably wouldn’t be playing drums. He’s where I got my speed.
“I got into this record when it came out, which was the same year that Metallica released Master Of Puppets. A couple of friends of mine were listening to thrash metal, and they told me about it. I was floored when I heard it, and to this day, I think it’s amazing. As far as speed metal goes, Reign In Blood is unrivaled when it comes to the drums.
“Rick Rubin totally nailed the drum tone. It has the same quality that I like about World Downfall – that impeccable rawness. You don’t hear studio tricks; instead, you can hear the player. You can almost hear Dave breathe – it’s that real.
“When you put a bunch of mikes on stuff, you lose a lot of the life because you have gates and compressors and shit. It sounds good, but you’re not really hearing the life behind the kit. On Reign In Blood, you hear Dave Lombardo play like he’s right in front of your face.”