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"Kill 'Em All"

© Elektra Records

Year of Release: 1983

track listing
  • Hit The Lights
  • The Four Horsemen
  • Motorbreath
  • Jump In The Fire
  • (Anesthesia)-
    Pulling Teeth
  • Whiplash
  • Phantom Lord
  • No Remorse
  • Seek & Destroy
  • Metal Militia

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    "Kill 'Em All"

    Previously, a former member of Metallica, Dave Mustaine and his band Megadeth debuted on WSVNRadio with their first release -- Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! Metallica's debut is featured this week on our website, and comparing the two, it is quite obvious, from what critics/fans say, Metallica is definitely better of the two.

    "Hit The Lights" -- I can actually say that I enjoyed listening to this song, it captures your attention right away, as you first listen to this album as a whole. With the title of "The Four Horsemen" I can't help but think of wrestling's prime 4 Horsemen, consisting of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger. Counting that out away from Metallica, this song is easily recognized as pure hard thrash metal, and even though this style repeated itself throughout the band's next albums, even the Metallica (Black Album) has a slight resemblence, but actually, it's where their earliest albums is where they rocked harder. Especially the extended guitar solos, and the vocals reminds me of another pure hard thrash metal band, Motorhead.

    "Motorbreath" is anything but, regarding to its title, yet it does define a great motorspeed thrash metal style. And one word to describe "Jump In The Fire" -- WOW! It's a rocking song, capturing your attention again, and the more and more listening to this debut, it is quite apparent how fans enjoyed the early years of Metallica, since many felt they "sold out" with the Black Album and beyond.

    Ok, so "(Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth" slows down the pace a bit (and sometimes its needed, with the first 4 rocking songs)... This song is an instrumental, and maybe not as calm and collected as song smoother songs from other albums of genres, it may soothes the listener's ears for just a bit. But... around the 2 and a half minute mark, it kicks into another hard rocking style! My guess is the "soothing" part of the song is Anesthesia, and the middle/ending is Pulling Teeth (?) Has to be, because at the end of the song, the music does tend to sound as if teeth were being pulled...

    "Whiplash" continues the hard thrashing style again. Its amazing how fast the guitars move, and of course, the vocals are just as screaming as they every be. "Phantom Lord" brings back the thrashing again, and its sounding more and more like Motorhead. But wow, towards the end of this song, the guitars break into a resemblence to a song that would come in much later years, "Nothing Else Matters." "No Remorse" is just kick-ass; I'm sure every thrash metal band starting out wants to sound just as good as Metallica and this particular song. Like the titles says, this song definitely shows No Remorse. "Seek & Destroy" another kicking butt rocker, and the closing song, "Metal Militia" showcases the fast spinning guitars in thrash speed metal. This one compares to Megadeth, and maybe one of the least songs from this debut, yet when taking the album as a whole, it quite an impressive and fantastic debut.

    As mentioned, comparing the debuts of Megadeth & Metallica, Metallica shines brightly. All in all, Metallica has been a better band than the likes of Megadeth, and even Motorhead. The vocals are better, and especially the orchestration behind the vocals is what makes Metallica truly one of the finest bands in the genre of thrash speed/heavy metal music. If you have a desire for fast spinning, hard crunching, loud music, this one is definitely worth listening to, again and again. It may leave your head spinning, yet for those who enjoy this kind of music, it is a classic. The title of this album says it all -- it Kills All the other competition -- METALLICA ROCKS!

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