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Metallica's debut album proved a shocking and audacious opening battle cry for a new generation of metalheads who were crawling around the metal underground looking for a leader. Released in 1983, Kill 'Em All combined the primordial, rudimentary riffage of Black Sabbath with the intricate, melodic overtures of Iron Maiden played at the speed of Motorhead and hardcore punk. This new 'thrash' became the schematic for hundreds (thousands?) of bands that would follow, eschewing commercial heavy metal's penchant for big hair, spandex and pop hooks and replacing it with full-on aggression. Later releases would expand on their approach and reach greater compositional complexity, but for sheer raw power tracks such as "Hit the Lights,""Jump in the Fire," the appropriately named "Whiplash," and "Seek and Destroy" are unrelenting. Singer James Hetfield's histrionic growl still elicits strong melodies as it keeps time with his carpal-tunnel rhythm guitar playing. Drummer Lars Ulrich's boundless energy never flails. And underneath the maniacal charge, one can hear the beginnings of the lyrical guitar lines that guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Cliff Burton would bring forth with greater emphasis on later releases. A basic metal primer.

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Maybe my favorite.

This album has everything that should be in a Metallica album. There is tons of energy, biting social commentary (yes James does that, remember?), and great musicianship. There is tons of enthusiasm on this record, and this may be the most prominent bridge between metal and punk ever. There are great song writing contributions from Cliff Burton and dave Mustaine (though I never remember if he actually recorded on this). Fun fact, James wanted John Bush (yes the one from metal church and later anthrax) to sing for the band on this album.) Unlike some people I actually like John Bush, but James was always meant to sing in this band.

Best Album They Have Done!!!

Just the raw energy alone trumps anything they have done since. The unpolished feel, the raw vocals, riffs, drums, everything here is awesome. Hit The Lights, Four Horseman & Whiplash & Seek & Destroy lead the way!

Before Metallica sold out

The best, but now there sellouts


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning...
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