Killswitch Engage lead guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz recalled how he discovered Metallica during his interview with Radioactive Mike Z and explained the missing part in one of the band’s most commercially successful albums.

Metallica released their self-titled fifth studio album, commonly known as ‘The Black Album,’ on August 12, 1991. The record’s tracks, ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘Wherever I May Roam,’ and ‘Sad but True’ became very popular and have become the band’s trademark sounds.

In addition, the band released ‘The Black Album Remastered’ and ‘The Metallica Blacklist’ in September 2021 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Many famous musicians such as Corey Taylor, Rina Sawayama, Weezer, and Biffy Clyro covered iconic Metallica songs to pay tribute to it.

As a member of a band that was greatly inspired by Machine Head, Neurosis, Metallica, and Iron Maiden, Adam Dutkiewicz stated that he started to listen to the band’s songs with ‘…And Justice for All’ after a friend’s recommendation. However, the guitarist got very upset about the lack of thrash metal in ‘The Black Album’ even though he admitted there were ‘killer parts.’

Adam Dutkiewicz said in his interview the following:

“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.’ Then I kind of worked my way backward. I feel like the entire catalog, from ‘The Black Album’ back, is just, like, a classic, man.

I remember when that record came out… I was a little upset at the lack of thrash — I’m not gonna lie — but there are still some killer songs on that record; there are some thrashier moments.”

You can listen to the interview below.