Sound — 7
This is when Metallica were still a thrash metal band, unlike the pop rock band they have become. Their raw sound, fast riffs, and awesome solo make it the best album they ever made. I found with most bands the first album they make is the best, and Metallica is the prime example. Before this album was made Metallica had just fired Dave Mustaine, who would go one to found Megadeth, and they had recuted Kirk Hammet. It is wierd to think, what if? Like what if Dave was never fired? Where would Kirk be? Where would Marty Freedman be? Would all those Megadeth songs be Metallica songs? Who would be the singer? But luckily we don't have to worry about that. Back to the Album, Every song is great this is an album where all you have to do is hit play and listen. As some of you may know early Metallica albums have an instrumental song, and Kill Em' All has one of the best thay can only be done by one man, Cliff Burton. Unfortunately Cliff is no longer with us but Pulling Teeth is a bass solo that is second to none. Now all of the songs are great but if I had to pick my favorite 3 it would be Metal Milita, Four Horsemen, and Seek and Destroy.
Lyrics — 7
As far as lyrics, I think a band should set an equal amout of attention to music and lyrics and the way they fit the lyrics to the music is perfect. Now for younger rockers the lyrics might be a little gruesome or violent but it has such a great sound. As far as my opinion on James Hetfield's singing ability I wish he would go back to singing like he did on this album. Now a days he acctually sings but it doesn't fit with the songs he used to scream on.
Overall Impression — 7
Today I am more of a Megadeth and Slayer fan because they have stuck with the same style since they started. Metallica has become a more mainstream band. On the other hand I love Metallica's first two albums and didn't hate the next four. If you get this album just start from the beginning you pick your favorite. And to any guitar players the first gig I ever played, people jumped up and screamed when we started playing Seek and Destroy. If I lost this album I'd just listen to it on my computer, but if that was lost I'd buy it all over again.