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Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Label: Elektra
Release: 1983

Tracklisting:
Hit the Lights
The Four Horsemen
Motorbreath
Jump In The Fire
(Anasthesia) Pulling Teeth
Whiplash
Phantom Lord
No Remorse
Seek And Destroy
Metal Militia
Kill
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Incredibly amateurish debut from Metallica. A pretty influential debut though - this album, recorded in 1983, was a totalthrasher, filled with big guitars, lightning-fast solos, rumbling bass, and...Lars Ulrich. The asshole. But it hasn'tstood the test of time - compared to some of their later efforts, and Slayer's general output, this album looks terrible.

Many a problem with this album - for starters, James Hetfield is a big problem here...he's not normally known for his lyric-writing skills, but the lyrics on "Kill 'Em All" are some of the worst ever put to record. Lines like "Scanning the scene in the city tonight/we're looking for you to start up a fight" are just utterly embarrassing. Another Hetfieldproblem is the voice...here, he sounds like he's barely reached puberty. It doesn't really help these lines out when thelead singer sounds like a puppy when singing them.

The other two problems would lie in instrumentation, and mainly riffage. The songs are generally messy, and incredibly dull. And the riffs are practically non-existent, especially when compared to Slayer. Most of the songs suffer from problems - they're either completely boring, or completely crap.

In the "boring" category - "Four Horsemen" is too long, even if it does feature one of a couple of good riffs on the album. "Motorbreath" is a dull, bog-standard thrasher, "Phantom Lord" tries to be a lot more than what it is - it's thebiggest composition here, but it's so messy and amateurish that it doesn't do a thing. And "No Remorse" suffers from mostof the problems that "Four Horsemen" does. All of these songs are ok at the least, but they don't do anything. Not bad, but not good either.

In the "crap" category - the ridiculous album opener "Hit the Lights" features one of the worst choruses ever in the historyof music, "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth" is a fucking bass solo, so we'll say no more there, "Seek and Destroy" is much like"Hit the Lights", only even worse - yes, the song's normally regarded as a thrash classic, but...ugh, no. This is the songwhere that ridiculous lyric I posted up there comes from. And finally, "Metal Militia" is abysmal - dull, dull, dull, and utterly embarrassing.

This leaves us with two decent songs - "Jump In The Fire", which includes the best riff on the album, and a thrash classiccalled "Whiplash" - easily the best song here. 500 bpm's all around - although it's still very raw and amateurish. That'sit, though, and all of this gives the album a 3. Not enough stuff here - although the band did rectify the problem quickly. Not a good debut, and it hasn't stood the test of time.

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The first Metallica album ever... "Kill 'Em All" is, to be short and simple, ok. There are a few highlights, but much of the album really is standard for a band's debut CD. If you buy it, then make sure you check out songs like:
Hit The Lights
The Four Horsemen
Motorbreath
Whiplash
No Remorse
Seek And Destroy

The other songs aren't much good at all. All in all, this is an ok album, but only get it if you are a Metallica fan who likes their heavy stuff.

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Ah yes, Kill em All, Metallica's first official release. In my opinion, this album is one of the best trash albums of all time. There is a kick ass bass solo performed by Cliff Burton that just blew me away when I first heard it...yes...that would be back in 1983.
For Black album fans, you should pick this album up, just so that you know what Metallica sounded like before MTV and bob rock got a hold of them and destroyed the Metallica of our day.


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