Kill 'Em All review by Metallica

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  • Released: Jul 25, 1983
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.3 (343 votes)
Metallica: Kill 'Em All

Sound — 10
This is Metallica's debut album consisting of 10 awesome tracks. As it is 1983, the sound is not very detailed (I wish Metallica would start releasing re-masters), but is very thrashy and satisfying. Almost every track features thrash sound except track 5, "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth", which is a bass solo with some drums at the end. The Hit single is "Jump In The Fire" (Track 4) but I think there should be more hits than that. Kirk's solos are great, despite the fact that every song (except 5, of course, written by the bassist) was written by either Hetfield/Ulrich or Hetfield/Ulrich/Mustaine. James Hetfield is vox and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich is drums. Dave Mustaine, who left and formed Megadeth, was their original lead guitarist. Kirk came from Exodus. Back then, I think they were the kings of thrash metal alongside Slayer. Kirk did the best of solos, too.

Lyrics — 10
Hetfield (master of lyricists) wrote lyrics that fit the thrashiness of their style in this album (they show a soft side on their next album).
1. "Hit The Lights" is more of an introduction of what Metallica is going to be doing. Mostly on live performances.
2. "The Four Horsemen" is about doom for a person: 'the horsemen are drawing nearer on leather steads they ride, they come to take your life',etc. This sometimes became a nickname for Metallica.
3. "Motorbreath" is a song Hetfield wrote all to himself. How he lives his life? Motorbreath, meant to take your breath away.
4. "Jump In The Fire". The hit single for Kill Em All. Something about a fiery hell-like home.
5. "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth". Bassist Cliff Burton wrote this bass solo track, which features drums on the second half of the track.
6. "Whiplash" is about acting like a maniac and crazy psycho and all. I still like this song.
7. "Phantom Lord". I can assume that this song was named after one of Hetfield's previous bands. 'fall unto your kness, bow to the Phantom Lord.
8. "No Remorse" is a song about fighting and destruction. I like the riff to after where Hetfield goes "War Without End!" Keep your ears peeled for that.
9. "Seek And Destroy". You got to hear this one! This should have been the actual hit single. Awesome lyrics, awesome riffs. A song about staring up a fight and elliminating people. Contains a great solo.
10. "Metal Militia" wraps up the album. This is like a message to the audience to help take on the world with metal music. You'd be surprised how in 2003 all their work turned to a pile of crap like St. Anger.

Overall Impression — 10
If you are looking for real Metallica, this is a great start. Metallica were great through Kill Em All through the selftitled Black Album (6th album). This shows what Metallica were about and should have kept their roots. Not some grunge wannabe nu-metal junk. If it was lost, go through extreme measures to find it, if it were stolen, steal it back, otherwise, buy another copy. Get a lethal dose of Metallica with Kill Em All, man!

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