“My second-favorite all-time metal band. I could have gone with Master Of Puppets, which might be their best record overall, but Ride The Lightning was so much better than Kill ‘Em All, which I also love. When Ride came out, it was just like the Maiden thing, with the band really stepping it up in all ways. This shit is so heavy still.
“Fight Fire With Fire, Ride The Lightning, Fade To Black, Trapped Under Ice – there’s so many killer tracks. An essential album, to me, is a full album, one in which all the songs are great. Ride The Lightning is a total metal experience. Each song becomes your new favorite, and your life keeps changing because of that. It’s a perfect heavy record. There’s no weak spots on it anywhere.”