Sound — 9
Kill 'Em All is Metallica's breakthrough debut album. Released back in '83, this album blew people's minds, and still does today. If this isn't your first Metallica album, you may be surprised that it hardly contains Metallica's signature "Thrash" sound. In fact most of the album sounds like it could be from many different bands. Songs like "Hit The Lights", "Phantom Lord", and "No Remorse" sound easily as if they could have come from an early Iron Maiden album, and "Motorbreath" sounds very similar to Motorhead. You can see Metallica's thrash sound come out in "The Four Horsemen", "Jump In The Fire", "Whiplash", "Seek And Destroy", and "Metal Militia". "(Anesthisia) - Pulling Teeth" is Metallica's first attempt at an instrumental, and the entire song is basically played by the bassist, and it works pretty well. "The Four Horsemen" is truly epic and is almost worth buying the album for the one song only.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics that Metallica write are some of the best in the biz. Their lyrics are very powerful if you look into them, (and they use lots of big words). The lyrics fit with the music perfectly, hard and elaborate lyrics for hard and elaborate music. One listen to the album and you can pretty easily tell that the album is about killing someone (if you couldn't tell by the album name, that is). James Hetfield sings wonderfully, and has a raspy, but easily understandable voice.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to other Metallica albums, it may not be as good as Master of Puppets, ...And Justice For All, or The Black Album, but it still belongs in everyone's Metallica collection. Compared to other artists, it is one of the greatest debut albums to ever come out. "The Four Horsemen" is the greatest song on the album, but the others are very good as well, and if you don't get singing along to the chorus of "Jump In The Fire", then there is something wrong with you. The weakest track is probably "(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth", because it is a bit repetitive. Overall though, the album is great and every metal fan should own it.