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Kill Em All CD

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1983 debut album by legendary metal band Metallica.

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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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Digital Booklet: Kill 'Em All (Remastered)
Digital Booklet: Kill 'Em All (Remastered)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (757 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Format: Audio CD
I was worried that the remaster would not sound that great and this reissue would be another one that isn't that great like the 2008 reissue of KEA. However, this set blew away all of my expectations. The packaging is absolutely top-notch and very high quality. The contents are what every Metallica fan could dream of. Best yet, the vinyl edition of the album sounds AMAZING. It has a very full sound, the instruments and vocals are very well separated from one another. It is not brickwalled and has great dynamics. The crunch of the guitars is amazing, especially on Seek and Destroy. Also, Cliff's bass sounds more 'real' than ever. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this set and I very, very highly recommend it to all hardcore Metallica fans that also love vinyl!
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The album being re-mastered to some is the big selling point of this box set. Yet, this box is offered in addition to the separate vinyl and CD that are for sale. So I'm reviewing this box from the point of the extras included. I just received this set yesterday and am just tearing into these box sets, but I will say, if you are a die-hard Metallica fan, these boxes are worth the money. I look at them as them sharing big pieces of their history with us through these box sets and they deliver with the book that comes with this, with the live shows that are included on the CDs and vinyl, and with their DVD. The picture disc of Jump In The Fire is awesome too!! All vinyl comes with a download code, so any worries about missing the music on the vinyl are taken care of through a download. I've been a Metallica fan for 23 years and I was hesitant at first to buy these box sets because of the cost. After seeing the first two box sets, I have no doubt that my money will be well spent on the rest of them!!!
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At this point, I think it’s safe to skip the background information on this album and get straight to the details of the new reissue. If you’re not familiar with Kill ‘Em All, you have some homework to do.

So we finally get a remastered reissue of Metallica’s debut. I’m only surprised it took this long. Actually, I’m more surprised this didn’t come as one of those expensive 2-disc “Deluxe Editions” like the recent Black Sabbath and Faith No More reissues. Your options here are a super-expensive multi LP/CD box set, or an ultra-cheap single disc reissue. That’s the one I went with.

The Kill ‘Em All reissue comes in a somewhat flimsy “LP replica” style package with a slim booklet. No new photos, nothing new in the liners. This is totally bare-bones. Likewise the album contains zero bonus tracks. No b-sides, no live tracks, nothing. What we do get is a classic debut, remastered for the first time. Now, I am not an audiophile. I’m sure someone will be along to do a scientific analysis of why this remastering is amazing/awful. I can only say that it sounds absolutely fantastic to my ears. Yes, it’s louder, but it’s clearer and crisper as well. It’s probably cliché to say it, but it really is almost like hearing this album in a whole new way.

Oh, and the retail price for this is five bucks. At that price there is no way you can go wrong. Seriously, this is a no-brainer. Sure, we can complain about packaging or the lack of bonus tracks, but the bottom line is that you can hear a brand new remastering of one of the all-time classic heavy metal debuts for less than what it would have cost in 1983…on cassette. Buy it already.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a job well done by Chris Bellman and Furnace Record Pressing. If you have always wanted a vinyl version of this album and don't want to pay upwards of $100 for an NM copy then look no further. You get nice, flat, quiet vinyl and dynamic sound with no weird distortions or clipping due to excess compression. I was going to skip these because the 2008 reissues were so bad but they've redeemed themselves with the 2016's. If you are a long-time Metallica fan like myself you will be pleased with this version.
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