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Kill Em All

MetallicaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (654 customer reviews)

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Since their inception in 1981, Metallica have gone from an underground heavy-metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal if not rabid fanbase. Their relevance is undeniable as evidenced by their ability to sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide while continuing to sell millions of albums with each release -- a feat no other band in history has sustained ... Read more in Amazon's Metallica Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (654 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hit The Lights
2. The Four Horsemen
3. Motorbreath
4. Jump In The Fire
5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
6. Whiplash
7. Phantom Lord
8. No Remorse
9. Seek And Destroy
10. Metal Militia

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Product Description

1983 debut album by legendary metal band Metallica.

While not as timeless as Ride the Lightning or Master Puppets, Metallica's debut album--originally released in 1983--is still a fine piece of thrash metal, and as good a marker as any for the debut of the genre. Fusing the rapid-fire attack of bands like Motorhead with a guitar style reminiscent of such British heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Metallica essentially created a new kind of metal. Several of the songs from this 1983 album have since become classics, including "Seek & Destroy", "The Four Horsemen", and "Jump in the Fire". The songwriting isn't as sophisticated as on Metallica's later releases; still, it's a great listen, and essential for any heavy metal fan. --Genevieve Williams

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Well, here it is, kiddies: Metallica's skull-crushing, bone-breaking, faster-than-the-speed-of-freakin'-light thrash metal debut. This is the one your mother warned you about. This album may cause uncontrollable fits of energy, headbanging, and moshing. Keep out of reach of children. (Give them St. Anguish instead... on second thought, never mind. No one should have to suffer through that...)

What makes this album such a metal classic? The pounding drums and rythyms? The violent cover? The shredding solos and riffs? A 20-year-old James Hetfield's harsh, unpretty vocals? The controversial cover? Well, yes, of course, but one thing makes it even better (although Master Of Puppets remains my favorite): back when they recorded this album, Metallica were no one. They weren't the (now self-parodic) juggernaut they would eventually become. They were four lucky fans who got together, played their hearts out, and had the time of their lives doing it. (Check out James Hetfield's picture on the insert - he has acne!) You can really feel the energy coming from this record.

So, yeah, anyway, if you don't have this one already, see to it that you obtain it (along with Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets, and, if you like, the black album and ...And Justice For All). There are really no standout tracks because they ALL rock. If you can think of a better album to slap My Chemical Romance in the face with, I'd sure like to hear it.

Yeah, it wasn't all that long ago that they were a little thrash band from the Bay Area...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bible of Thrash October 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The original Metallica: James Hetfield (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Cliff Burton (Bass Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums) AND DAVE MUSTAINE (LEAD GUITAR)!!! Most of the leads and riffs you'll hear on Kill 'Em All were written by Dave Mustaine which is why the 1st Metallica album sounds more like a Megadeth record than any other Metallica record. Kirk Hammett stepped in admirably to fill Mustaine's huge shoes but one is only left to wonder, if Mustaine had stayed in Metallica would they be the running joke that they are today? Probably not. Anyway, Kill 'Em All is a flawless rundown of Metallica classics from The Four Horsemen to Motorbreath to Seek and Destroy, the riffs just keep coming. Of all the Metallica albums, this is the one that I listen to the most. Some critics and fans may say that their subsequent albums (Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning) are better but to me this is the truest representation of what Metallica was meant to be. An absolute must-own classic! P.S. Why would they reissue this album and omit two of it's strongest tracks (Blitzkrieg and Am I Evil)?!?!?!?!?

Tracks rated 1-10:

1. Hit the Lights (9.5/10)

2. The Four Horsemen (11/10)

3. Motorbreath (9/10)

4. Jump in the Fire (10/10)

5. Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) (9/10)

6. Whiplash (10/10)

7. Phantom Lord (11/10)

8. No Remorse (9.5/10)

9. Seek and Destroy (10/10)

10. Metal Militia (9/10)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill Em All by Metallica August 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Kill Em All by Metallica.

Kill Em All is the first album by Thrash Metal band Metallica and as such one of the first Thrash Metal Albums in history. However it is noted by the author of this review that bands such as Venom were making Thrash Music before Metallica, but what I mean by that statement that I made was that Kill Em All the first real step in the commercial success of Thrash Metal as a genre.

First off it is important to understand the history of this particular album. When Metallica was originally founded it was not James Hetfeild, Kirk Hammit, Lars Ulrich, and Cliff Burton. Rather it was James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Lars Ulrich and Ron McGovney. However Metallica dropped Ron McGovney in favor Cliff Burton who was among one of the greatest Bass Guitar player of all time.

The important part other than the addition of Cliff Burton is Dave Mustaine's roll with Metallica. Dave Mustaine wrote or co wrote five songs on Kill em All, most of which were altered by Metallica after Mustaine was fired (mustaine claims it was to minimize his roll in the band). Anyway the resulting events culminated in a feud the help create and then lead Megadeth to multi million Album selling success in their own right. I'd go into more but this is a review not a history lesson.

The main disadvantage for me here is that I am looking at this from hindsight and not foresight (kill em all came out officially in 1983 before I was even born) but I'm going to try to as accurate as I can.

Each of these songs are at a blistering pace that helped establish Thrash metal. The Album itself is remarkable well done considering it's budget at the time. With each song you will get fast riffs overlaid with blistering drum action.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delivers what it promises. August 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
METAL UP YOUR ASS! This is Kill 'Em All, and you get exactly what you payed for.
Fast, Hard, Thrashy, all words made up discribe this masterpiece.
It starts off with Hit The Lights, which in my mind is probably the least good song on here, but it only goes up hill now.
The Four Horsemen could be a posterboy for thrash metal, In everyway thinkable it is a song to be respected and listened to.
Motorbreath is also a unique song, the intro drumming is awesome.
Jump In The Fire is a fast thriller of a song, if you like fast check this one out.
Now for (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth. This song is simply a showcase of the unmatched talent which is Cliff Burton.
Whiplash is also one of the fastest songs on this cd, it never slows down for a second.
Phantom Lord really stands out for me because of the solo. I dont think i've heard a better solo to date, which makes it great.
No Remorse is quite a good song, its fast and thrashy, I just cant call it one of favorites.
But now onto my personal favorite, Seek and Destroy. Seek and Destroy is a combination of catchy lyrics, fast creative riffs, and amazing solos.
Metal Milltia is one of the thrashiest songs on here for sure, but after a few listens i just couldn't find it to be a hit for me.

Basically, If your a fan of Thrash Metal at its best, or a Metallica fan in general, get out there and add this cd to your collection !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Maybe the first thrash album of all times , even after all those years a album with fresh energy from some kids that they tried to change the world with their music. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Nkotrio
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 trillion stars- one of the greatest albums of all time!
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Published 5 days ago by White Chicken
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I've owned this on cassette, late 80s CD and now vinyl. The recording quality is, as we know, not the best. Read more
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This is what all metal bands try to sound like.
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Great first album by this iconic metal band. Discover the origins of tones and style that still rings in the modern Metallica productions. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I wore out the cassette years ago, so I bought this on a whim. It is every bit as good as I remember! I miss the Metallica of yesteryear.....
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