||From the Vault...
"Kill 'Em All"
© Elektra Records
Year of Release: 1983
Hit The Lights
The Four Horsemen
Jump In The Fire
Seek & Destroy
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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
"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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