Sound — 8
The sound in this album isn't quite as good as with other albums Metallica has brought out probavly beause of their in experience. It does though sound a lot of like Ride the Lightning their second album, having a very fat sound to it in some songs but with others like motorbreath it sounds like Motorheads unique sound.
Lyrics — 6
In overall James Hetfields voice hasn't developed all that well at this stage in Metallica's career. The screaming was happen most of the time near the end of the song. He definitely isn't the best singer of all time but it is an original style trying to compromise screaming with actual singing. Metal Militia is to do with some kind unstoppable army, Jump In the Fire is about people from the devil's prospective, No remorse is about just that. Not looking back, Anesthesis (Pulling Teeth) is base solo by Cliff Burton with no lyrics, Whiplash is to do with headbanging, Four Horseman is about the apocalypes and the world blowng up, Seek and Destroy my personal favourite is about going around fighting people for the sake of it, Hit the Lights is about going for it and just doing something, Phantom Lord is about some kind of monster (no pun intended) and Jump in the fire is about pretty much the same thing to Hit The Ligthts.
Overall Impression — 9
I love in tis album the use of the alternate picking techniques used for songs like whiplash, Metal Militia and Hit The Lights but though they sound a lot like each other. The album does need to be listened too quite a few times to get used to the fast riffs and overall scope of it even with metal fans. I don't like the use of the same scale for almost every solo in the album and the continuous use of solos instead of riffs. The best songs would be Seek and Destroy being a fan favourite, Jump in the fire with relatively slow tempo and Metal Militia as being one of the fastest songs Metallica have recorded.