Sound — 10
Turn up the distortion and pull out all palm mutes! This album is definitely Metallica at their finest. Normally when a band releases their first album it isn't all that and needs some fine tuning but this album is an exceptional exception to that rule. This album is entirely speed metal and thrash with a little regular heavy metal in the mix. The slowest song on this ablum is an instrumental called Anthesia-Pulling Teeth which is played entirely by a bass. That's right, it's a bass solo (Cliff Burton was Metallica's best bassist, rest in peace Cliff). Practically every song on this album is based on palm muting. This is most evident in songs like Hit The Lights and Metal Militia. And since Dave Mustaine co-composed this album you know you are in for some face melting riffs. This album just makes you feel like to demolish everything around you (in a good way). You would want to learn to play every song on this album and give your guitar a good workout. This is definitely Metallica's fastest album though (which is saying alot since it is being to compared to their other albums like Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets). The only draw back on this album is the lack of slow songs 'cause some of Metallica's best song are their slower ones like Fade To Black, Sanitarium and One. But nevertheless this album has a great sound and is Taylor made for speed metal fans.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are good but not great. They are straight forward. For example, "Lookin for you to start up a fight" and "You will die one thousand deaths," but who the hell cares! This is speed metal! When your are headbanging you dont have time to decifer lyrics! Most of the songs are about killing people and about fast stuff. And that's what metal should be about.
Overall Impression — 10
This is not Metallica's best album but it's definitely way up on the list. I love the fact that it is speed metal and not just plane old heavy metal. The riffs are great and the lyrics are easy to understand. I would definitely buy it again if it was lost. The most impressive songs are Seek And Destroy, Metal Militia, The Four Horsemen, Anthesia and Whiplash. As a matter of fact, they are all great! Every speed metal fan shuold get this album. If you want to start listening to Metallica Kill'Em All, Master Of Puppets or Ride The Lightning should be your first album. You should follow which one you got first with the two others I mentioned or get the black album (not Jay-Z, Metallica has an album called The Black Album too. Jay-Z ripped them off). Bass players will find themselves in heaven here as they finally have a bass solo. Bottom line is this album is great.