Sound — 9
This was the sound that launched Metallica's career. It was and still is very fast and aggressive. The guitar sound is very in-your-face, and it seems like the next song is faster than the last. The sound may be the line between thrash metal and speed metal. But there are some drawbacks to the sound that is Kill 'Em All. The sound seems far away, so to speak. As if the guitars were being played through small speakers which they probably were. And even with Cliff Burton backing James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet with his phenomenal bass work, it still seems empty. But don't let that prevent you from taking a listen. The solos are very impressive, ranging from as fast and as far down the fretboard as possible The For Horsemen, to a very talented, well put together bass-solo by Cliff Burton. The sound, in a nutshell, is fast, aggresive, in-your-face, thrash-meets-speed metal. The only drawbacks are the seemingly low production quality small speakers and empty sound as a result of small speakers.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics would be the weak point, if any, to the masterpiece that is Kill 'Em All. I feel that way because of something that is more because of the timing regarding James Hetfield. His voice hasn't really "matured" yet. It seems rather high-pitched not squeaky, but high-pitched, compared to later works. However, the choice of lyrics was well tought-out. My personal favorite being The Four Horsemen. Fit right in with the song. It seems as if not one word was out of place.
Overall Impression — 9
This CD stands among the greatest CDs of thrash metal, and music eas a whole. It gave birth to a band who would give of several timeless Cds, singles, and songs, to base our inspiration. Metallica is very hard to compare to other bands, because simply most bands you try to compare them to have been inspired in some way by Metallica. The most impressive songs would have to be The Four Horsemen for the fast-paced, finger-bleeding solo. Another song that is a complete masterpiece is (Anethesia) Pulling Teeth. The bass solo demonstrates Cliff Burton in all his glory, and this is what he would have wanted to be remembered for, I'm sure. A must for Metallica fans, if you don't already have it for some obscure reason.