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on 16 June 2004
Released in 1983 Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All hit the metal world by storm and set Metallica on their way to becoming one of (if not the) greatest metal bands of all time.
A great thrash album that introduced Metallica and although it may not be as sophisticated or well timed as later albums it is still a amazing record and one that any metal fan should own.
Track by Track;
1. Hit The Lights (Hetfield / Ulrich); A great first track about Metallica and their fans. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song and it was the opener song for Metallica's early live shows.
2. The Four Horsemen (Hetfield / Ulrich / Mustaine); Another great track and personally one of my favourites on the album. Great riffs all the way through with some great solos from Kirk. The former version of the song "The Four Horsemen" - "The Mechanix" appeared on Metallica's first demo tape "No Life 'Till Leather". Has almost always been a fixed part of the live show before the release of the "... And Justice For All" album. It is still a fixed part of a 'Kill medley'.
3. Motorbreath (Hetfield); The shortest song on the album not much over three minutes but still one that Metallica play on many of their live sets. The song writing to "Motorbreath" was solely done by James. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" also included this song.
4. Jump In The Fire (Hetfield / Ulrich / Mustaine) ; Jump in the Fire" was Metallica's second LP - single. Its cover shows a laughing demon who's lurking in hell. This demon can be seen as a "Whiplash" sticker on Jaymz's white Gibson Explorer. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song. The lyrics of this song are written from the devil's point of view who's watching the people who are killing each others and so the villain is sure that they all will get themselves in hell. They "Jump in the Fire".
5. (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth (Burton); This amazing bass solo showcasing the talents of Cliff Burton was Metallica's first completly instrumental song. Makes you wonder how amazing he would have been if he hadn't had such a premature death.
6. Whiplash (Hetfield/Ulrich); Another big Metallica song which often features in the live performances. The song "Whiplash" was Metallica's first single release ever in North America. The song is a tribute to all their fans that supported Metallica since they started out.
7. Phantom Lord (Hetfield/Ulrich/Mustaine); The song "Phantom Lord" is probably the most musically mature song on the "Kill 'Em All" album which hints at where the band's sound would head.
8. No Remorse (Hetfield/Ulrich); The song "No Remorse" is always a part of a "Kill 'Em All" medley. The song was Metallica's first anti-war song. It is about people who go off to war just for the sake of killing, guiltless and numb to the pain of their victims.
9. Seek & Destroy (Hetfield/Ulrich); One of the most famous songs off the album Seek & Destroy was soon to become a track nearly always played at live performances. The song is based around a one-note riff that was up a little higher. Though most of James' riffs are in E, that one worked off an A.
10. Metal Militia (Hetfield/Ulrich/Mustaine); The song "Metal Militia" with its speed is a good example for Metallica's trash metal style of their early days. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song.
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on 25 May 2016
For those of you interested in the remastering, relax, it sounds fine. A little louder, a good bit clearer, and a bit heavier in the bass/drums, but absolutely not brickwalled to death.

The remastering has brought back the edginess and grit that made Kill 'Em All such an exciting and groundbreaking album back in '83.

Barebones packaging, but that's ok - it's the music that counts, and here it sounds great.
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on 24 September 2015
Full of energy and pulse-pounding riffs, this is Metallica's debut album with which they changed the heavy metal world back in 1983. Although the songs are a lot more immature than Metallica's later material, both lyrical and musical content, the songs are still great if you're after a straight forward headbanging album from start to finish, with many of these songs still being a major spotlight of any Metallica live set today.

Although some songs are weaker than others, the album as a whole runs smoothly without giving the listener a chance to catch their breath. Metallica classics such as ‘Seek and Destroy’, ‘The Four Horsemen’, ‘Hit the Lights’ and ‘Whiplash’ make this essential for all metal fans.

It won’t be your favourite Metallica album, but your metal collection won’t be complete without it.
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on 7 March 2010
This has to be on of the best Metallica albums of them all and one of the best debut albums of all time. Kill 'Em All is what Metallica are all about and what an album this is the best thrash album of all time and i am glad that i brought and it has been a non-stop listening album from there on. With some pure gold tracks which should be classed as the bands classic tracks this is what early metallica is in one album. This album never gets boring people moan about the vocals this is metallica's most raw and angry album behind Master of Puppets. There are fast guitar,bass, and drums which you just can't stop listening too. The start of something out of this world.
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on 30 October 2015
This album is unbelievably brilliant, despite the four members of Metallica still very much in their youths. I cannot say I particularly favour 'Seek and Destroy', despite its frequent appearance on live sets, but still a memorable song. 'Hit the Lights' really is a show off track, with multiple solos showing off Kirk Hammett's ability to deliver a satisfying solo, with each being of a high standard. 'Whiplash' is likely my favourite track on the album, with another excellent lead from Mr.Hammett and with its fast pace thst never fails to impress me. Do I recommend this album? I'll leave that one for you to decide!
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on 13 October 2010
best debut ever!! let me start by saying that this isnt my fave of their albums but is in the top 3 or 4. 4.5 stars would have been better if that was possible.the album is amazingly thrashy most songs are realy quick and franticly full of life, a headbangers dream! only slight let down is james voice is not so deep and commanding as in latter albums but they were just kids back then! this album is a must have for tallica fans and metal fans in general, full of classics {shame they dont play em more often} awesome band, exellent debut, buy it u wont be dissapionted!
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on 30 July 2007
This was Metallicas first album and by far their rawest and most thrashy. This album presents a band that is not the finished article but has so much raw potential. Here we have shredding guitars, solos and aggressive fast music. This album is a real classic Metallica album and many of its songs are still played today at the bands concerts. It has many highlights most notably "Seek and destroy" which is arguably Metallica fans favourite song by the band as well as other classics such as "Whiplash" and "The four horseman." This is real Metallica before any commercialisation and is not pop influenced or radio friendly in any way. This album is a must for any Metallica fan but although it is excellent i would reccommend "Master of Puppets" for a new listner as that album is closer to perfection and every song is a masterpiece unlike this album which has several less strong offerings.
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on 8 March 2011
What can I say that all Metallica fans don't already know. Awesome CD of Metallica's earlier stuff. If you have never heard anything by Metallica and are curious as to what they are like; they were faster in the early days, (don't get me wrong) their more recent stuff is awesome too. The best way to find out what they sound like find a sample or go on Youtube.com but make sure it's from the correct CD because most of them have big-ish differences.
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on 26 January 2013
A truly super album and one that every true music fan should have in their collection, filled with great tracks.
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on 25 July 2010
When they did this they didn't think, they just put down pure. It is what it is. Its raw, aggressive and fast. This is the best thing about Kill'em All. Metallica do great albums, but this is the one I would put on first - for a hit of thrash. It starts at full throttle and never takes the foot off the pedal. The track 'Motorbreath' says it all in 3 mins of wildness and blood pumping adrenaline.
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