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Kill Em All CD

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Audio CD, CD, June 20, 1995
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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

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (687 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Eggplant on July 7, 2005
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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Brittman VINE VOICE on 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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51 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on July 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Metallica's 1983 debut wasn't exactly a good representation of them. "Kill `Em All" isn't nearly as dark as Metallica's later releases, like "Ride the Lightning." Plus, this album is a lot faster and thrashier. "Kill `Em All" is the sound of original thrash metal. Now, this band didn't give birth to speed metal (Motorhead did), but Metallica were the first to release a studio LP. Later in the 1980's, thrash would become very popular and bands like Anthrax, Testament, and Slayer would crop up.

Since this is the first available album that James, Kirk, Lars, and Cliff played together, it is somewhat immature. James' vocals are high pitched and some of his lyrics (i.e. "We'll never stop/we'll never quit/'cause we're Metallica!") are pretty amateur, but it's interesting to see what Metallica were like 20-some years ago. And "Kill `Em All" is still a very entertaining listen and great thrash. It may not be as brutal or rapid as say Slayer, but it's very catchy and full of fiery, breakneck-speed, buzzsaw guitar riffs and scorching solos.

1. "Hit the Lights" begins with the guitars slowly fading in, then, after Lars does a little smattering drum pattern, Kirk and James set their fret boards on fire with fast running riffs. This song has an audible, beeping bassline, but the real highlight is the several careening, almost screeching guitar solos.
2. "Four Horsemen" is Metallica's very first single, and it's still in regular rotation at radio stations (where I live, at least). It's not as fast as the first track, but it's quite catchy. It has an almost galloping beat, at times, and two more long, winding, classical sounding guitar solos.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David R. King on 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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will metallica ever play to live is to die in concert in the near future
how the eff is anybody supposed to know?
Oct 17, 2011 by icecube |  See all 4 posts
who sings this song?
I could be wrong, but right off the top of my head the "Hail Caesar" is making me think that it's Evile off the Enter the Grave album.
Jun 30, 2011 by T. P. Barry |  See all 4 posts
Where are the live tracks from?
I think these were just some live tracks recorded years ago. I have the original and no I don't think it's worth buying Kill'em all again over those tracks, this is coming from the #1 Metallica fan.
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