It's surprising how I have not yet done a piece about my favourite band, Metallica. They have always had a special place in my heart and not only got me into metal, but also changed my life. A band which I have memorised every lyric, learnt every guitar riff and engraved every drum beat in my brain, I will always love their music, philosophy and respect for their fans.
I decided at the beginning of the week I would revisit their discography, and start where it all began, at "Kill Em' All". With the exception of "MasterofPuppets", I have always ranked this as my second favourite Metallica album. It is ferocious from the opening chaos of, "Hit the Lights", to the closing notes of my personal favourite, "Metal Militia". It features a number of the band's classic tunes and genre staples, "Seek and Destroy, Whiplash and The Four Horseman". The album is fast, heavy, raw and carries a lot of attitude. The contributions of Dave Mustaine must not go ignored here, his complex riffs and solos would pave the way for a masterful and iconic debut album, as well as setting the tone for the band for the next 10 or so years after his departure.
"Kill Em' All", offers what no other band was really doing at this period of time. The time in which this album was released was an expansive time for metal. However, it seemed that all bands tried to do was play faster, louder and noisier than the rest, whilst leaving melody and thoughtful song writing at the door. So to have an album such as this bring the perfect mix of heavy, speed and melody together, Metallica took the metal world by storm and have been the top dog ever since. Say what you will about this band, but their influence and songs are what guide a lot of people to the genre we love so much, and a lot of bands owe it to Metallica for the extra publicity.
A debut album such as this forecasted what would be Metallica's future. Hearing this album even now after hundreds of listens, it still knocks the wind out of me and gives me a smile as to how good it really is. Mind you, it does not have growling, blast beats, shredding solos or complex rhythm that metal has now become, and don't get me wrong, I love that sound too. However, the classics will remain classic for a reason, their authenticity and "fuck the world" attitude is something that bands in the modern era are still trying to replicate with great difficulty.
"Kill Em' All", has all the post-teen angst you would expect, it does not let up for even a minute, and it will always be held in high regard as one of the staples for thrash metal, as well as an entry level album to those wishing to see what metal is all about.