“One of the kids from the neighborhood brought this cassette over to my house and played it for me. The first song I heard was Trapped Under Ice, and all at once I was like, ‘What the fuck is this?!’ There’s a couple of times in my life when I remember where I was when I heard an album for the first time – this is one of them.
“The riff to Creeping Death, the song Fight Fire With Fire, the lyrics to Fade To Black – all of these jumped out and spoke to me. The way that James and Kirk played guitar so viciously just startled me. I can still picture myself sitting there and having things change right in front of me. That’s how powerful and deep it was.
“On a sad note, I knew two girls in my neighborhood who committed double suicide, and they wrote the letters to Fade To Black in their suicide note. The media was trying to make a big deal out of it, blaming metal music as they typically do. It was very sad, very heavy.”