Metallica - Kill 'Em All



8.6 | 2330 votes |
Release date: 13 July 1983
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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01. Hit The Lights
02. The Four Horsemen
03. Motorbreath
04. Jump In The Fire
05. (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth
06. Whiplash
07. Phantom Lord
08. No Remorse
09. Seek & Destroy
10. Metal Militia
11. Am I Evil? [Diamond Head cover] [Elektra reissue bonus]
12. Blitzkrieg [Blitzkrieg cover] [Elektra reissue bonus]
13. The Four Horsemen [live] [digital download bonus]
14. Whiplash [live] [digital download bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1983: 5

Line-up
James Alan Hetfield - vocals, guitars
Kirk Hammett - guitars, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Clifford Lee Burton - bass, backing vocals

Guest review by
Iced Iñigo
Rating:
8.5
The history of the best Metal band began with this cd. In this album the bases of the thrash metal appeared for first time. By this time Metallica was surely the fastest band of the world, even faster than Venom . In this cd Metallica finds an own style which some years later will bring them to the top of Metal.

The musical quality of this cd is not very good, but the quality of composers of Metallica is incredible. Of course the musicians of the band at this time promised much : Dave Mustaine and the disappeared God of bass Cliff Burton, apart the rest well known band: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich.

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (48)

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22.02.2013 - 00:05
Rating: 9
Bad English
Masterchief
1th Metallica album, 1th what make them famose and like media says criated a genre .... rest of try to follow. This case corect woulkd be use speed metal instead of thrashg, its not so agresive, but more fast, more speedy. Only of it kind from Metallica. Rest even in good era are diferent. each song is classic, also James singing well it wa slil diferent
Its unknown , no muisc videos, no good promotion, those who like to wtach VH1 ... no songs also in so called classic rock radio,
Buy t it or be on the road .... metal militia following everywhere
I was in mood for Metallica and will go now true all metallica albums
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22.02.2013 - 01:14
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
I still need to listen to this
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05.03.2013 - 22:53
squidrick420
Written by Abattoir on 28.07.2010 at 12:08

Written by Disposable Hero on 27.07.2010 at 07:02

This is the master piece for a pure thrash album

Masterpiece indeed, though I wouldn't classify this album as a pure thrash, but more like speed/thrash metal.


Agreed, speed metal. At the most i would call it proto-thrash, but not a full on thrash album like the following releases.
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07.04.2013 - 23:37
squidrick420
Written by Bad English on 22.02.2013 at 00:05

1th Metallica album, 1th what make them famose and like media says criated a genre .... rest of try to follow. This case corect woulkd be use speed metal instead of thrashg, its not so agresive, but more fast, more speedy. Only of it kind from Metallica. Rest even in good era are diferent. each song is classic, also James singing well it wa slil diferent
Its unknown , no muisc videos, no good promotion, those who like to wtach VH1 ... no songs also in so called classic rock radio,
Buy t it or be on the road .... metal militia following everywhere
I was in mood for Metallica and will go now true all metallica albums


I agree that this is more of a speed metal album then thrash; nonetheless it is still highly influential to other thrash albums that came later.
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02.06.2013 - 17:03
Rating: 10
MetalAce
The Eternal
One of the Greatest albums from metallica, real speed metal that is! bassist cliff made it a PERFECT album, i listen 3 times a day!
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09.09.2013 - 08:17
Lião
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Metallica's best. From here on this just went downhill.
Hell, I think I don't find thrash metal exciting at at all. Most of the thrash albums I've listened I gave a 7. Perhaps I gave this one a 8 because it's more speed metal than actually thrash metal...
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01.01.2014 - 04:54
Rating: 9
JavierML
This album gave birth to Thrash, and its forthcoming genres.
Yes, it might get monotonous sometimes (maybe that's the reason one guy called it boring), but the along with the lack of production, makes this album so romantic. Everything is about speed and heavy riffs, no bullshit.
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02.09.2014 - 04:00
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
After listening to this albujm for the first time in a long time tonight I had to raise the score to a 10 due to the following which I posted on facebook:

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Being the nostalgic little dweep I am tonight (due to housesitting my parents house I grew up in Nijkerk). I can't leave without posting and listening to this little ditty. Damn... I remember hearing it for the very first time at the time of release in 1983. Never has a band made such a impression on me. Not previous or prior to Kill 'Em All. No idea how some of my contemporaries think about it, but I am willing to bet quite a bit that there are more people like me around me concerning this album. Henri Emond maybe?


Okay, none of you know who Henri Emond is, but the fact still remains hahahahahahah
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02.09.2014 - 04:06
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Today at the age of 46 I finally realized what a life defining and musically forming album this one has been for me.

And even now, after all these years, I can shout every single word along
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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02.09.2014 - 04:17
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Metal Militia on Tony Hawks Undergroud 2 man. I can pretty much thank Tony Hawk for my interest in music. Bring Da Noize on THPS2 was a good one when I was 4 or 5.
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02.09.2014 - 04:18
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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Thank you Dave Mustaine. - 61%
Thank you Dave Mustaine.


He didn't contribute that much at all

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Cliff has got a boring as fuck bass solo on Kill'em All, but is otherwise quite hard to hear


this guys totally disqualifies himself now because the bass is extremely audible. So he is clearly deaf.

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On top of that, the lyrics are pretty fucking stupid most of the time.


that vision of the importance of lyrics disqualifies 99.9% of all metal bands
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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31.01.2015 - 06:19
Rating: 8
Ruchesko
Believe that hype, boys and girls.
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08.06.2015 - 05:48
metal220
Bought this at best buy for 6.99 original press. people are paying over 100 bucks for this album on ebay for some reason. A cd isonly worth what youll pay for, they need their voting rights taken away
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08.06.2015 - 07:57
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by metal220 on 08.06.2015 at 05:48

Bought this at best buy for 6.99 original press. people are paying over 100 bucks for this album on ebay for some reason. A cd isonly worth what youll pay for, they need their voting rights taken away

9 bucks on amazon. Unless the ebay versions are original vinyl pressings, the sellers are idiots.
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23.07.2015 - 20:04
Rating: 9
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by deadone on 15.06.2015 at 03:12

Written by zombieatemybrain on 14.06.2015 at 06:39

Just listened to this album for the first time in over 15 years. I forgot how incredible it is. 1983, seriously, this album, no doubt, raised the bar in the metal scene.



15 years between listenings? Dang that is mad!


then he was only 15
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29.07.2016 - 15:31
Rating: 10
TrueMetalJope
Man, this used to be one badass album when listened to as a kid. Sure it doesn't sound very extreme now, but still it can be heard as the beginning of extreme metals. Haven't heard the remaster though, and I don't see why this needs a remaster anyway, the album sounds great. There are 1001 other metal albums that are ruined very much by bad productions and could use remastering more than this album.

NOT recommended for pussies.
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21.12.2016 - 19:22
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Cliff's bass solo ruins this album. I never realized how shitty Lars was at drumming until recently, but it shows on this album. It still kicks ass though. Metal Militia will always be a banger.
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