Release date: 13 July 1983
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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8.6 | 1959 votes

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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 Only]
14. Whiplash [live] [Digital Download Only]

Top 20 albums of 1983: 6

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Line-up
James Hetfield - vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Clifford Lee "Cliff" 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 (43)

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MichaelMyers64 - 20.02.2010 at 21:36  
Rating: 10 Best Thrash Heavy Metal band ever!!!
Met@1lurg - 21.02.2010 at 21:01  
Rating: 7 Whiplash kisks ass. No remorse have realy great guitar riffs. Realy Energizzzzzing. And Motorbreath is nice too.
All album is fast and amazing.
Sangre Sani - 07.03.2010 at 22:15  
Rating: 10 Phantom Lord is a badass track.
Jay-WalKeR - 19.06.2010 at 17:06  
Rating: 9 Metallica Forever....clif always alive.
Disposable Hero - 27.07.2010 at 07:02  
  This is the master piece for a pure thrash album
Damage inc. - 28.07.2010 at 06:45  
Rating: 8 Metallica gave birth to thrash on this abum
Abattoir - 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.
slay_tallica - 27.08.2010 at 01:53  
  This album kicks ass
Phantom Lord - 14.02.2011 at 05:13  
  Metallica gave birth to thrash on this album
Lit. - 18.05.2011 at 02:46  
  HIT THEM LIGHTS!!
Void Eater - 18.05.2011 at 03:29  
  Whether or not this was the first thrash metal album, there is no doubt that it is one of the most influential thrash albums, and one of the best. Every song here is thrashing perfection.
snake? snaaaake! - 24.05.2011 at 23:44  
Rating: 10 Still my favourite album by them, after all these years. I love the rawness.
Monolithic - 21.06.2011 at 15:22  
Rating: 9 Pure Thrash Metal, the first step in awakening the giant.
VloRD - 22.06.2011 at 07:37  
  Second best record after ride the lightning!
masterofpeace95 - 03.11.2011 at 01:24  
Rating: 9 Amazing album. BIRTH OF THRASH METAL:banger:
Mountain King - 11.01.2012 at 19:42  
  Boring...
K†ulu - 12.01.2012 at 12:07  
Rating: 9
Written by Mountain King on 11.01.2012 at 19:42

Boring...

This album boring?
Mountain King - 12.01.2012 at 13:52  
 
Written by K†ulu on 12.01.2012 at 12:07

Written by Mountain King on 11.01.2012 at 19:42

Boring...

This album boring?

Yeah Metallica is one of the bands i started listening to when i was 14 and that got me into metal, that was like 9 years ago and I never liked Kill'em All. Apart from a few parts in some songs I think it's monotonous and noisy. The only albums i really like are Ride The Lightning , Master Of Puppets and a few songs from The Black Album...
Troy Killjoy - 12.01.2012 at 23:14  
 
Written by K†ulu on 12.01.2012 at 12:07
This album boring?

I'm not a big Metallica fan... but seriously. I'd call this anything but boring.

I'm assuming he's one of those people that listens to Evile and then gets mad at Metallica for ripping them off.
K†ulu - 12.01.2012 at 23:54  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.01.2012 at 23:14

Written by K†ulu on 12.01.2012 at 12:07
This album boring?

I'd call this anything but boring.


This is EXACTLY what I wanted to write originally. Well, judging by the guy's favorite bands, he is into the whole Hard Rock/Power Metal thing, so maybe he should not have commented on a thrash metal classic in the first place. dunno.
Troy Killjoy - 12.01.2012 at 23:57  
 
Written by K†ulu on 12.01.2012 at 23:54
...maybe he should not have commented on a thrash metal classic in the first place. dunno.

Meh, if he gave it an honest effort and found it boring then he has every right to say so.

That just means we'll disagree with him. And maybe he's trying to expand his tastes - in which case we should encourage him by recommending thrash albums that maybe he wouldn't find boring based on his tastes (like a contemporary Artillery album).
K†ulu - 13.01.2012 at 00:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.01.2012 at 23:57

Written by K†ulu on 12.01.2012 at 23:54
...maybe he should not have commented on a thrash metal classic in the first place. dunno.

Meh, if he gave it an honest effort and found it boring then he has every right to say so.

That just means we'll disagree with him. And maybe he's trying to expand his tastes - in which case we should encourage him by recommending thrash albums that maybe he wouldn't find boring based on his tastes (like a contemporary Artillery album).

noooooo. no contemporary Artillery although, he would probably like it indeed (Metal Church is among favorites).
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.01.2012 at 02:09  
Rating: 10 If one band is boring it's contemporary Artillery. And comparing them to Metal Church is blasphemy, even Metal Church at its worst and hence most boring
Vod52 - 02.03.2012 at 19:47  
Rating: 10 The best of early trash metal
jukebox1480 - 07.03.2012 at 04:20  
Rating: 10 Every song is pure energy.If whiplash cant get you going you must be dead.
ruiaqf - 06.04.2012 at 01:19  
  Best album of metallica, the rest is too fake, this is more pure, more metal, more raw
Neiluria - 31.05.2012 at 21:59  
Rating: 10 This album is in my heart, they send all their fury, they are young, it's powerful, compact!
The Four Horsemen !m!
SBGMetal - 04.06.2012 at 10:50  
Rating: 10 This cd has so many of the best thrash riffs that have ever existed
HellriderRising - 04.07.2012 at 13:16  
Rating: 10 One of my favorite albums ever!
Hit the liiiiiights!
Egigantea - 12.11.2012 at 06:47  
Rating: 10 Out of the Big Four,
Metallica had the best debut album by far.
Bad English - 22.02.2013 at 00:05  
Rating: 9 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
Ellrohir - 22.02.2013 at 01:14  
  I still need to listen to this
squidrick420 - 05.03.2013 at 22:53  
 
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.
squidrick420 - 07.04.2013 at 23:37  
 
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.
MetalAce - 02.06.2013 at 17:03  
Rating: 10 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!
Lião - 09.09.2013 at 08:17  
  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...
JaviML - 01.01.2014 at 04:54  
Rating: 9 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.
deadone - 01.01.2014 at 16:21  
Rating: 8 I like the production but then I like Venom, Bathory and Celtic Frost too.

Whiplash is one of my two favourite Metallica songs - the other is Orion.

Metal has got to have at least a slightly raw production in my opinion.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 04:00  
Rating: 10 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:

Quote:

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
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 04:06  
Rating: 10 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
Boxcar Willy - 02.09.2014 at 04:17  
Rating: 8 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.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.09.2014 at 04:18  
Rating: 10
Quote:
Thank you Dave Mustaine. - 61%
Thank you Dave Mustaine.


He didn't contribute that much at all

Quote:
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.

Quote:
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
deadone - 02.09.2014 at 05:06  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.09.2014 at 04:06

Today at the age of 46 I finally realized what a life defining and musically forming album this one has been for me.



Part of me always wishes I was old enough to experience the whole 1980-90 thing as opposed to coming into it only in 1992 and then only in a limited mainstream fashion.
Nick K. - 02.09.2014 at 21:56  
  This was one of my first Metal Albums ever, together with Ride the Lightning so it has a special place in my heart for that alone. Oh and No Remorse is the best Metallica song ever.

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