Shockwaves/HardRadio Podcast #30, dubbed ‘The Metallica Episode,’ is available for download at this location (M4A file, 41 MB). Host Bob Nalbandian pins down journalist and author of the official METALLICA illustrated chronicle ‘So What! The Good, The Mad, and the Ugly’, Steffan Chirazi, as well as Lars Ulrich’s earliest metal comrade and NWOBHM connoisseur John Kornarens for an extraordinary three-way conversation exploring the earliest years of METALLICA’s unbelievable journey into becoming the world’s biggest heavy metal band. In this profound conversation, the three share their very earliest experiences with this monumental band as well as discuss such compelling topics as METALLICA’s early L.A. club performances, the impact of the ‘No Life Till Leather’ demo and the contributions from the original/former band members, as well as the controversial ‘selling-out’ issue. This is without question one of the most candid and intriguing conversations ever recorded about the early METALLICA days told from the very people who were right there in the mix.