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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s ADAM D Was “Upset” With The “Lack Of Thrash” On METALLICA’s “Black” Album

Killswitch Engage's Adam D touches on Metallica's "Black Album" turning 30 last year, to which he revealed that he was initially unhappy with the record's "lack of thrash".

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz recently spoke with FM radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM and touched on the tremendous influence METALLICA has had on him.

Adam spoke about growing up on METALLICA’s albums and credits frontman James Hetfield who “pretty much shaped the guitar player that I am.” Dutkiewicz also mentioned that his evolvement in his love for the group started at “1988’s …And Justice For All” album and worked backward to 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” record.

Adam said: “It was a friend of mine at school. I’m a late bloomer, man. Right when …And Justice For All came out, that’s when I was, like, ‘What the hell is this? This is so sick.’ And then I kind of worked my way backwards. I feel like the entire catalog, from the Black Album back, is just, like, a classic, man.”

Adam also touched on the “Black Album” turning 30 last year, to which Dutkiewicz revealed that he was initially unhappy with the effort’s “lack of thrash”.

He said: “Dude, we are old. Well, I don’t know how old you are, but I am old. [Laughs] I remember when that record came out… I was a little upset at the lack of thrash — I’m not gonna lie — but there’s still some killer songs on that record; there’s some thrashier moments.”

You can listen to the full interview at this location.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are currently on tour with LIGHT THE TORCH and AUGUST BURNS RED. See tour dates below.


2/15 Dallas, TX – SouthSide Ballroom
2/17 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
2/18 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
2/19 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
2/21 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
2/22 Riverside, CA – Municipal Auditorium
2/23 San Francisco, CA – Warfield
2/25 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
2/26 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
2/27 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
3/1 Boise, ID – Revolution
3/2 Salt Lake City, UT – Complex
3/3 Denver, CO – Fillmore
3/5 Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center
3/6 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
3/7 Chicago, IL – Radius
3/8 Columbus, OH – Express Live
3/1 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
3/11 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
3/12 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall