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Kill ‘Em All turns 30 this year, a fact Metallica were presumably well aware of when they decided to play the album in full at their very own Orion Festival in Detroit last month. Today is the day — July 25th — when they released the album that would profoundly alter music — both heavy and otherwise — forever.

To celebrate we’re sharing with MetalSucks readers six photos from the book Murder in the Front Row courtesy of publisher Bazillion Points. The photo book doesn’t just feature Metallica, of course, but all of their Bay Area thrash metal contemporaries from the early ’80s as well.

That photo of James headbanging while listening to the album for the first time… so awesome! Anyone who’s been in a band that’s recorded an album has definitely been there.

Without further ado:

Murder in the Front Row
Metallica, Keystone Palo Alto, Halloween 1983. Credit: Harald Oimoen
Murder in the Front Row
Metallica, Keystone Palo Alto, Halloween 1983. Credit: Harald Oimoen
Murder in the Front Row
The Metallica Mansion, summer 1983. Brian Lew with James Hetfield, raging to an advance tape of Kill ‘Em All. Credit: unknown
Murder in the Front Row
Cliff brings the hammer down on Lars, Keystone Palo Alto, Halloween 1983. Credit: Brian Lew
Murder in the Front Row
Rich “Bang That Head That Doesn’t Bang” Burch onstage with Metallica, Keystone Palo Alto, Halloween 1983.
Murder in the Front Row
Lars and James signing vinyl and denim jackets at the Record Vault before the final show of the Kill ‘Em All for One tour with Raven, September 3, 1983. Credit: Wayne Vanderkuil

Now, rage for yourself:

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