Sound — 10
First of all if you are at all familiar with metallica you will have heared how badly recieved their latest album, St. Anger has been recieved, but don't worry this early metallica offering is lightyears away from St. Anger. First released in 1984 this was metallica's second offering after the inconspicous 'Kill em all' it derives heavily from the US thrash scene e.g moterhead, with a strong UK metal sound e.g Black Sabbath. This is metalica's first album that combined classical guitar and heavy rock guitar succesfuly, something that no other band has pulled off. Musicaly its a great mix of tight catchy metal riffs, blistering solos and emotional classical guitar. This album is the first to expose Kirk Hammet particualy as a great guitarist.
Lyrics — 6
Sadly as the band were still very young the lyrics are where this album falters, they are not very bad just a little obvious and sometimes the deppresing nature of them can get a little tiresome. Overall though they are well delivered and Hetfields voice sounds a lot cleaner, higher, and younger than on later records.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall it is a great buy, a must have for any metallica fan and if you want to get into this band you won't find a better place to start. Classic songs such as the epic 'Fade to Black' and the haunting 'For whom the bell tolls' are the albums best and remain a part of metallica's live show today. This record is the true beggining of a career full of highs and lows, this is certainly one of the highs.