This is one that I’d wanted to go over here pretty much from when I first started doing this. It was going to be a gleeful recollection of a youthful discovery that made the most brilliant sense to me in so many ways, and how it also went on to define the way I listened to music, which is the same way I do now. It was to be about finding my place in the world at a time when I previously had none and forging bonds of friendship that still hold today in many cases.
But Jeff Hanneman died yesterday, and now it all feels that the shine’s been taken off it because I feel somewhat sad for the passing of someone I never met, which is always a strange thing to get one’s head around. Now’s a good time to be doing this though, as I have to admit that I hadn’t realised just how deeply this record has resonated with me over the years before last night.