Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

4. Metallica…And Justice For All

All bands develop over time, and I’m definitely an old school Metallica fan. Those first three albums are about as good as it gets really. I really enjoyed the track ‘One’ on this record. It was a really complex piece of work. And that story of the guy who’s come back from war and has lost his arms and legs and everything was just really dark and sombre. It was just a very strong political statement and that caught my imagination. I love those first three Metallica records, but I chose …And Justice For All because of the overall complete experience of the album. This album shows the very first signs of Metallica being adventurous with their sound, and it has a great confidence to it.

I’ve always admired them because they’ve always just been themselves, by themselves. They just do exactly what they want to do and I’m very excited to know exactly what this next one is going to sound like, even though Kirk [Hammett, Metallica guitarist] has dropped some hints that it won’t sound like this record. But, y’know, everybody wants them to do Ride The Lightning again in the same way that everybody wants Priest to do Painkiller again. I don’t think that some people understand that it’s difficult to get things right for you as a band at the same time as trying to please your fans. I know from experience that you need to let your heart lead you, which is why I’m so interested to hear this new material.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Aaron Turner, Jennifer Herrema
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