The bad blood between Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Metallica no longer exists — and hasn't for years — but it remains a crucial part of metal's history. After the band fired Mustaine in 1983, they retained his songwriting contributions and in a new episode of "No Fuckin' Regrets," the podcast hosted by Machine Head's Robb Flynn, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson looked back on the day Mustaine first heard Metallica's debut record, Kill 'Em All.
Recollecting the pivotal moment when Metallica's first album had finally arrived, Ellefson said (transcription via Metal Wani), "[The record] got sent out to us [by mail]. I remember [Megadeth's then-guitarist] Greg [Handevidt] — he remembers in detail sitting there for like an hour of silence, or 38 minutes of silence, opening the box, looking at the record, opening the shrink wrap and putting it on the turntable. It was obviously a weird moment, because me and Greg are there going, 'Oh my God. This is the moment.' It’s like that moment you probably see your ex with somebody else."