Metallica
Kill 'Em All


4.5
superb

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
October 20th, 2010 | 76 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


Kill 'Em All is one of the most famous and most critically acclaimed heavy metal albums of all-time. It brought a new level and intensity and speed to the genre, as it combined aspects of both punk in the vein of Minor Threat and the Misfits and traditional heavy metal in the vein of Venom and Iron Maiden. Despite being the least maligned of the maligned Metallica albums (i.e., all except Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets) it is still a collector of serious hate, by both anti-Metallicists and Metallica "fans" alike. It is shot down for Hetfield's almost child-like vocals (he really does sound like a high-schooler on this one) and another complaint is the repetition (every song goes DUNDUNDUNCHUGGACHUGGA) and of course, the shoddy production (Garage Days sounds better than this).

However, the hate doesn't come from critics. It comes from the common man, the "average listeners". But why? This album is Metallica at their most relatable, before they were underground metal stars and before they were seemingly inhuman rock stars in general, this is standard thrash affare before there even was such a thing as standard thrash affare. In fact, this album started what would be known as standard thrash affare, and looking back, I think that the first did it the best. Kill 'Em All has its flaws, but the album is exciting enough and ambitious enough to keep one enterlained over its length. The songs are simply pure fun; before they started the trend of writing metal songs that criticized the government, and before they stole the trend of writing songs about books they read, Metallica were just a bunch of ugly guys who liked to party. Nobody in the band could even grow facial hair yet, except the almight Cliff, as you can see by his always weird-looking semi-moustache. Nothing here is pretentious, nothing here has that "made-by-rockstars" touch, and it leaves the question: Was Metallica really made worse by fame? The answer is up to the listener, but to this listener, Kill 'Em All is an album for the working man, not an album for the snootish music critic.

The riffs are hard. The bass is thumping. Hetfield shrieks like a banshee. And Lars sets the standard very low, leaving much room for improvement for all thrash drummers to come after him! How nice of the man to do so. So to all you headbangers and choderats out there, quit being a snob and put in Kill 'Em All. It's not the best Metallica album, but it's straight-up party metal madness. Sure, it's amateur, but...it rules.



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TheSpirit
October 20th 2010


17930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

do you like anthrax

BaphometConsumed
October 20th 2010


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid review. Kill 'Em All is my second favourite from Metallica and it's an outstanding thrash metal album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


6205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have listened to this album so many times that i honestly hate it right now.

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Ire
October 20th 2010


41803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hey you should review kiss, acdc and iron maiden

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2010


7312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The review's alright, but I've honestly seen you produce much better sonic.

XulOnerom
October 20th 2010


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And Lars sets the standard very low, leaving much room for improvement for all thrash drummers to come after him! How nice of the man to do so.


fucking pos'ed

fr33convict
October 20th 2010


11694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm amazed that i've enjoyed all of your recent reviews. POS'D

climactic
October 20th 2010


19432 Comments


I love this

ShinXetsu
October 20th 2010


605 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"And Lars sets the standard very low, leaving much room for improvement for all thrash drummers to come after him! How nice of the man to do so."

fucking pos'ed [2]

Smalley
October 20th 2010


108 Comments


"before they stole the trend of writing songs about books they read"

Because that's like, so pretentious of them?

OvrotLivesAgain
October 20th 2010


1497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey, Thats my favorite fucking book!!


Jim
October 21st 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is a great album

LepreCon
October 21st 2010


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those that negged this have small dingalings

pand3m0nium
October 21st 2010


98 Comments


I don't know if this was intended to be funny, but I laughed several times. Nice review. Pos'ed.

Dryden
October 21st 2010


12928 Comments


dont want another returntorock

MrSputnik
October 21st 2010


201 Comments


metallica sucks

LepreCon
October 21st 2010


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No you suck, my good sir

AlienWarrior75
October 21st 2010


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this takes me back...!

XulOnerom
October 21st 2010


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you are thrashin all around

KILL
October 21st 2010


71962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

how did i miss this :O great review your reviews are so easy to read you dont use words like aptitude and stuff

this is metallica at its rawest too which is why it rocks so hard METAL MILITIA

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