Sound — 10
The first of example of what trash metal was to become via the likes of Slayer and these 4 men, the mighty east bay thrash giants Metallica. Technically, this album blew most over records out of the water. The soloing is bonkers, the most over the top, elaberate and insane shredding seen since the days of hendrix (when it wasn't even called shredding) by Kirk Hammet. Cliff Burton provided one of the answers to the question: Is anyone better than Steve Harris of Iron Maiden? James Hetfield is the master of rhythm guitar playing with blistering riffs that defy an logic whatsoever. Lars Ulrich is the best drummer in the world and his raw ability, which is shown on this album is quite frankly remarkable and a change to the jazz and blues style that was being taken up by most drummers.
Lyrics — 10
James Hetfield, at this time had a raw song writing talent that was unharrnesed until the writing of this record. All the lyrics he has written are similar but all good despite the similar themes. "No Remorse", "Seek and Destroy" and "Metal Militia" seem to follow a sort of mini concept album based on Urban warfare while "Whipslah" and "Phantom Lord" is sort of 2 parts of the same song. "The Four Horsemen" is the lyrical peek, with niced simple but incredibly good lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
Hit the lights is the very first Metallica song and displays an example of raw energy and talent being transferred into one blast of unrelenting energy. The Four Horsemen is a staple thrash metal song in the vien of "Creeping Death" with huge riffs and a major league breakdown and many cool solos. Motorbreath is basiccaly a song about James Hetfields life and it shows with fast paced riffing and drumming. Jump in the fire is the single of the album and it appears to show, it is, in my opinion, the worst song on the album. Anesthisia is the bass solo from the mighty Cliff Burton. It has a bit of drumming by Lars but it truly is a one man show. It sounds more like Hendrix than a bass guitar and is truly remarkable. This track runs nicley into what is basically the mission statement. Whiplash is the very fibre of what all Metallica stand for, insane riffs, raw lyrics and blistering guitar solos that defies the laws of physics. Phantom Lord is another one of the racous speed freak songs with one of the best breakdowns and simple riffs ever, but the highlight is the scream of "Fall to your knees and bow to the phantom lord". No Remorse is the start of the mini concept album at the end with basically the best solo on the album, one of the best riffs and that legendary call of "Attack". Seek and Destroy has the albums best riffs and some stonking guitar solos and one of the most brutal solos ever. Metal Militia is blistering, unrelenting and unrepenting ending to this unrelenting, unrepenting record. Overall, this is one of the most brutal records ever written with ever song with huge riffs from guitar and bass, shred solos at any oppotunity for guitar and bass and some of the best drumming ever. It is just as good if not better than "Another Perfect Day" by Motorhead and "Peice Of Mind" by Iron Maiden which were released in the same year. This was a sign of things to come with the release of "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets" in the next 3 years this became an important marker in the history of music.