A 25th of July of 1983 Metallica‘s debut album Kill ‘Em All was released. Yes, it’s been 30 years already – yes, time really flies that fast – since the release of this album. Some say it’s the best debut metal album in the history (a thing I can’t deny, since everybody has his/her own opinion) but I agree, it must be one of the finest metal debut albums in history, and not only that but one of the best metal albums out there overall.
This album defined the style, set the guidelines, how Thrash is supposed to supposedly sound like. I can’t say or claim Metallica actually Invented thrash, but I can surely say and safely assume that they really did kicked it up a notch and took it to another level (really, ANOTHER level, massively-big-another-level level for example)
I don’t know about any other albums out of the Metal world that is still listened like this one is 30 years from its original release date, really, I can’t think of any other album that still holds the credibility and respect this one has while still remaining to be this big within its third decade of existence. Metallica really did it with this one (and 3 or 4 more albums later to come) They had little to lose and lot of things to win, and boy did they won.
This is such a classic album that it’ll never get old, it still has that “it” thing that makes it to this very day, sound very fresh, freaking cool and sweet. There’s a reason why new generations of Metalheads praise this album so much, it’s like the holy grail and the pinacle of everything in modern metal sounding music, it’s the must album in metal. You can ask any new band and they will surely tell you they’ve been or still are influenced by Metallica, word.
I still listen to this very album to this day, there’s a reason why that happens with this album, because it’s like watching that one porn movie, it never gets old.
- Hit the Lights
- The Four Horsemen
- Jump in the Fire
- (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
- Phantom Lord
- No Remorse
- Seek & Destroy
- Metal Militia
- Am I Evil?
Many things did came together to form this fine piece of jewelry, James Hetfield, a motherfucker in any possible angle you might look at him, the riff master by excelence, the motherfucker with a down-picking technique that will blow everyone away. Cliff Burton, one of the very best Bass players, credited as such to this very day by many Metalheads and Metal musicians, what a shame he passed away so fucking early, the dude was (not saying he wasn’t) the next BIG thing. Dave Mustaine‘s composing ability was there aswell, since he was a part of the band when composing everything, not credited in every song out there but, ya know, there’s some Dave here and there. Lars Ulrich, though I like his drumming work verily much in the early stuff, I don’t like that much his latest material from the technique part of it BUT Metallica would’ve never been what it was/is if Lars wasn’t a part of it (for good or bad, who knows). And last but not least, Kirk Hammet, The new kid in town, joined when they had everything almost done, had to learn everything in such a little period of time and had to change/compose the solos, have to give him credit for that, Love what he did in the other 2 albums later to come.
A thing not many know is that the guitar solos are Mustaine’s, Kirk did changed them but he did not composed brand new solos from scratch, nope, so basically the first four bars of every solo is the original solo composed by Dave Mustaine (but played by Kirk) and then later on they are changed by Kirk. Note that.
I remember when in high school learning these songs, My Fucking Satan Lord! Fun times, fun times indeed. I remember being amazed by the song Jump in the Fire because when you analize it from a musical point of view you’re amazed by how something so simple can sound like it does (blues scale anyone?). The same happens with Seek and Destroy, it’s so simple that you’re blown away by how something that simple can sound that good and at the same time be that complex. Motorbreath is among my favourites of the album and overall, that intro, that high-speed riff that follows, that solo, the lyrics, everything. I have to note song (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth, doing something that no one was doing at that time in Metal music, giving Bass the place it deserves, shining with the rest of the instruments, while every one else just drowns it with guitars and layers of other things (a curse Metallica did not escape, when Cliff died I struggle to hear the bass in the albums that followed that sad tragedy)
So that’s it, the 30th birthday of such a mythical album.
Happy 30th birthday Kill ‘Em All!!.
How did this album changed your life?.