Sound — 10
Metallica are the greatest metal band to grace our ear drums and earth. Metallica's sound has changed so much over their long career, but nevertheless their sound is always distinctive. I like to call it the Metallica crunch, because it dosan't matter if they are playing, thrash, country or straight metal, you instantly know it's them and you enjoy listening to them play. I mean evey note is distinctive. Kill 'Em All is where it all began. It was 1983 and the genesis of thrash metal was upon the world. As most people are aware Dave Mustaine was fired from the band just a few months before Metallica went into the studio in May 1983 to record their debut album. Dave Mustaine wrote many of the songs on this album, and was an equally talented member of the newly forming band. However Dave was a heavy drinker, and his behaviour forced Hetfield and Ulrich to fire him from the band. Poor Dav, oh well at least he went on to sell 15 million records with Megadeth, he deserves his success. Anyways, Metallica's thrash metal period begain with Kill 'Em All and what a beginning it was. This album is full of fast riffs, mega distortion and storming solos... you can feel the age of the album, the atmosphere of early '80s metal. Yet, also when you listen to it, it feels so fresh, it almost feels like you are back in 1983 listening to a fresh recording of a distorted album. This album rocks.
Lyrics — 9
Lyricly it's a double-edged-knife. On one side the subject matter is a bit limited, i.e. killing and fighting. But on the flipside, the lyrics themsleves are pure metal. When you listen to James Hetfield on this album you instantly picture the scene, "Searching, seek and destroy."
Overall Impression — 10
This is the album that started the band that started it all (ok maybe they didan't start thrash... but they stamped it with a quality gold seal). This is true of this album and their follow up work. If you like Metallica buy this album, if you don't like Metallica then it's your loss. This is a band that has the ability to change its music styles, but produce quality music wherever their music style roams (forgive the pun). In summary Kill 'Em All is a landmark album, if this was a mainstream album, it would definatly feature in the top 100 most influential albums off all time, as it stands it is not in that list, it wrote the list.