Kill 'Em All review by Metallica

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  • Released: Jul 25, 1983
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (344 votes)
Metallica: Kill 'Em All
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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.

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    AngryGuitarist
    SethMegadefan wrote: AngryGuitarist, it was not made in the late '70s, it was released in 1983. None of Metallica's material came from the late '70s.
    It was produced in the 70.. and all of it was created in '83, but if you did your research you would know that the riffs used in kill 'em all where created in the late 70's, there is a difference of produced and made ya kno.
    Herman'sfan
    Many people say that Master of Puppets is the best Metallica album, but I think this album is the definition of thrash metal, and by far the greatest Metallica album. And enough of the St. Anger bashing, its getting old, anyone who complains about that album is a whiny bitch.
    AngryGuitarist
    Herman'sfan wrote: Many people say that Master of Puppets is the best Metallica album, but I think this album is the definition of thrash metal, and by far the greatest Metallica album. And enough of the St. Anger bashing, its getting old, anyone who complains about that album is a whiny bitch.
    yeah man but if you want thrash times 10 listen to Ride the lightening man!
    GAMBLOR!
    Kill Em All is what got me into metal... i love it and always will dave or kirk who cares it sounds great... for their new stuff to be better they have to go back and lissen to there old stuff and bring it back and you cant have metal with out solos thats what realy killed st anger... Metallica will never die!
    guitarstar525
    Ihave master of puppets and ride the lihgtening and both are insanely sweet..especially ride the lighting
    Cpt. FLue
    Dave have never and never will be the god of riffs... that will always be james...!!! dave is just a greedy guy who blames metallica that he did way too many drugs...
    boyan89
    whoops in my review i meant that James was the best singer for Metallica
    Brian-guitarist
    this is definately at the top of the album latter with master of puppets! all the tracks on both albums are awesome! and The Four Horsemen should have been the single. and by the way, metallica's better than megadeath, and everyone who was in metallica is better than dave mustaine. Rock on!!!
    80smetalpro0987
    i h8 metallica sooooo much but you have to say ride the lighting and kill em all are some good trash abulms megadeth is sooooo much better tough!!!!!
    Shredder Guitar
    ^ you sir need to realize niehter is better, because they went different ways with music. megadeth has remained thrash while metallica is more hard rock