Metallica – Kill ‘Em All Reviews

Kill 'Em All

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, i (more…)

14 responses to “Metallica – Kill ‘Em All Reviews”

  1. Avice says:

    Metallica's debut 1983 was not exactly a good representation of them. “Kill` Em All “is not as dark as Metallica's later releases, like” Ride the Lightning “. Plus, this album is much faster and thrashier. “Kill` Em All “is the sound of original thrash metal. Well, this band, not birth to speed metal (Motorhead have), but Metallica were the first, a studio LP. Later in the 1980s, Thrash would be very popular and bands like Anthrax, Testament, Slayer and the harvest.
      Since this is the first album, which is available James, Kirk, Lars and Cliff played together, it is slightly immature. James' vocals are high and some of his texts (eg, “We will never stop / we 'll never quit /' Cause we are Metallica!”) Are quite amateur, but it is interesting to see what Metallica were as 20 – a few years ago. And “Kill` Em All “is still a very entertaining and great to hear thrash. It can not as quickly as brutal or say Slayer, but it is very catchy and full of fiery, breakneck speed, buzzsaw guitar riffs and scorching solos.
      1st “Hit the Lights” begins with the guitars slowly fading, then, after Lars has a few little drum pattern, James Kirk and their covenant boards on fire with fast running riffs. This song has an audible, beeping bass line, but the real highlight is the several careening, almost screaming guitar solos.
      2nd “Four Horsemen” by Metallica is the first single, and it is still in regular rotation on radio (where I live, at least). It is 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.
      3rd “Motor Breath” starts with a drum intro, and a snare drum thumping runs throughout, but the really fast chugging guitar riffs are what dominate here.
      4th “Jump in the Fire” has more fast, chugging guitar work, but these riffs are different because they are groove-y and very catchy. In addition, there is a long, increasingly fast guitar solo at the end.
      5th “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” is in the first place, just one long solo. But it is not the work of James Kirk or … It is a bass solo! Cliff plays low, gluey, rumbling notes for sums, beeping, ascending, occasionally wailing wall and wah-wah solo. A relaxed drum beat kick in around the 2:40 mark, but Cliff makes this song world known among the metal community.
      6th “Whiplash” begins with a low thumping of a bass drum, then James and Kirk come aboard and illuminate the track with “whiplash” speed guitar and tempo changes. I enjoy how the beat builds to a point, then pause, and James shouts “Here we go!” In short, at the end of this song, it becomes a stop-start beat.
      7th “Phantom Lord” has another stop-and-go rhythm and riffs, and a couple of pick slides, but James' vocals are almost inaudible because they are drowned by the guitars. The beat then slow down, but some heavy riffs and a pair of cascading Hammett solos speed again.
      8th “No Remorse” is still a staple of Metallica's live show. It is rhythmic chug and churn riffs and one more, long, wailing wall guitar solo, this song is the density and speed.
      9th “Seek & Destroy” is another very famous opening guitar melody, before it is too crunchy riffs. This song is, musically, fairly repetitive, but it is still a lot of catchy thanks to James' vocals.
      10th “Metal Militia” is more crazy, RIP-roaring guitar work.
      So, “Kill` Em All “is a great thrash record and it has great musicality. Although it is perhaps not the best representation of Metallica, and it is not as important as the classic Metallica or the second and third album, it's still a great listen, and it is highly recommended for all metal. Plus, this is a very influential, original, and a milestone album, so if you want a full or heavy metal-thrash-metal collection, you need to make it.

  2. Xing says:

    Well, here it is, kiddies: Metallica's skull-crushing, bone breaking, faster-than-the-speed-of-light-freakin '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 instead of St. Anguish … on second thoughts, nothing. No one should have to suffer that …)
      What makes this album such as a metal classic? The pounding drums and rythyms? The violent cover? The destruction of riffs and solos? A 20-year-old James Hetfield is tough, unpretty vocals? The controversial cover? Well, yes, of course, but one thing makes it even better (though Master of Puppets is my favorite): again, if this album, Metallica has been nobody. They were not the (now self-parody) juggernaut, it would be. They were four lucky fans who together played their hearts, and the time of their lives do. (Check out James Hetfield is on the picture – he has acne!) You can really feel the energy from this recording.
      So, yes, but if you have not already, make sure you receive it (together with Ride the Lightning and Master Of Puppets, and, if you will, the and the black album … and justice for all). There are really no standout tracks because they all rock. If you think a better album My Chemical Romance slap in the face, I would certainly like to hear.
      Yes, it was not so long ago that they are a little thrash band from the Bay Area …

  3. Timmy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Set the bar for a genre
    This is the album that turned me into a fan of Metal music. Nothing was Faster, Louder, or Heavier until Metallica dropped this album.

  4. Hung says:

    I think I can not really say how much this album rocks, if they are for the first time because I was not even born, but that alone should prove that this album has already withstood the test of time. I think Kill Em All at a showcase for everything that was Metallica. It is a showcase of the talents and rebellion. Make up 10 Hetfield's rhythm guitar licks are likely, what with the album, but one can not deny the talent of the rest of the band. Just listen to Burton in “Four Horsemen”, he was a musical genius. Kirk's solos are just fast and furious as ever, and they always Lars. The lyrics are top-form, as Metallica has always been awesome lyrics. All these elements together, which I think is a classic debut album. Highly recommended for every head.

  5. Kaia says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Start Of A Great Band.
    Metallica’s first album was a success (along with later albums like Master of Puppets, Ride The Lightning, etc) I honestly think this CD is an amazing start to a great band.

  6. Edison says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bow to the Phantom Lord
    If I had to go to war, this would be the soundtrack. Kill Em All is pure Thrash at it’s most thrashiness. Attacking and relentless.

  7. Kai says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is an awesome debut album from a classic metal band , great lyric’s and awesome music , great place to start if your just getting into Metallica , highly recommended.

  8. Rafiq says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A great debut for the kings of speed metal.
    First of all, the sound quality is surprisingly good for a debut album, which was a nice surprise. It’s a really solid speed metal album that’s still better than most heavy metal…

  9. Micah says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow wow wow definitely my favorite Metallica album
    So raw, so fast, so intense, so non professional, so great. This isn’t a band bent on playing sold out stadiums, this is a band that wants to ROCK!

  10. Galeno says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    not the original release of this
    This version of the album is not the original release. The original release included “Am I Evil?” & “Blitzkrieg”, which for some reason are no longer included on this newer…

  11. Raed says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I betcha Metallica’ll never sound like this ever again-****1/2
    This landmark 1983 debut album from Metallica captures the band at a time when they were just 4 young men bouncing from venue to venue playing raw speed/thrash metal hoping for a…

  12. Micha says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hail True Metal.
    This was back when Metallica was just a bunch of kids cranking out some of the best thrash metal you will ever hear.

  13. Timon says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Still good, but needs a re-mix.
    Okay, couple things I need to get out of the way since this is a review of the vinyl version of this album.

  14. chris says:

    The worst trade band of all time. No screams,no use of tremolos in the solos.
    Kill em all is the only classic metal album of this band with some speed moments.
    But if you want to listen to speed metal you will listen to bands like Warhead – Speedway or Overkill – Feel the Fire

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