Kill 'Em All review by Metallica

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  • Released: Jul 25, 1983
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9.3 (346 votes)
Metallica: Kill 'Em All

Sound — 8
Kill 'Em All is Metallica's first album. This is one of Metallica's least heard albums, and probbally would have never been heard of if Cliff Burton wasn't in it.

Lyrics — 8
Featured songs: The Four Horsemen - probbally my favorite song on the album, it takes you through 7 minutes of what Metallica is yet to come. Starting off with a fast riff with guitars+bass, it then breaks for a solo guitar riff, simular to the intro of "Master Of Puppets". The song is then what Metallica became famour for, the thrashing metal sound with fast paced guitars and bass. Suddenly, the song goes into the interlude with a slower pace, which will later enter into the speedy verses and a guitar solo. Song is oddly simular to the song "Master Of Puppets". Whiplash - a short song compared to what Metallica is yet to come up with in the years, but it gets the job done, with again highlighting on fast paced guitars. Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - the song that made Cliff Burton who he was, it's a 4 minute bass solo on the CD, using effects such as distortion and wah. While the song it self is good, the effects do get a little scratchy here and there, and don't sound the greatest. But the solo overall is a great solo, and the fast paced ending with drums is just something you can rock out to.

Overall Impression — 6
Good thrash sound. These songs are you can just rock out to and love, while Jame's vocals are scratchy (I'll get to that later), they just add to the thrash sound Cliff Burton. Metallica's legend (who died shortly after the release of Master of Puppets) is featured here with his solo, and how he can use the bass wisely. While Jason (the bassist featured on later albums) is good, he's no Cliff Burton. Cliff just knew how to use the bass where and how to make that great sound. The vocals are scratchy, most likely due to lack of high quality recording material. They do add to the thrash sound, but an improved vocals would be better. Great bass, but the bass seems to be turned a bit too high in recording process. But if your a bass lover, you won't question it.

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