Kill 'Em All

Universal Music Taiwan
Release date
18 Aug 2008
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Hit the Lights 4:17 326,368
2 The Four Horsemen 7:13 328,174
3 Motorbreath 3:08 321,341
4 Jump in the Fire 4:40 296,983
5 (Anaesthesia) Pulling Teath 4:14 2,461
6 Whiplash 4:09 329,502
7 Phantom Lord 5:00 248,016
8 No Remorse 6:24 251,936
9 Seek & Destroy 6:53 286,578
10 Metal Militia 5:11 256,303
11 The Four Horsemen (Live) 5:30 15,922
12 Whiplash (Live) 4:18 9,508

About this album

Kill ‘Em All is Metallica’s first studio album. Some of the songs were written by a different line-up than the musicians that played the songs in the studio. It was recorded at Music America Studios, Rochester, New York. It was released by Megaforce on July 29, 1983 and later re-released by Elektra records.

Before Kill ‘Em All was recorded, the songs were written and recorded as demos by James Hetfield, Lloyd Grant, Ron McGovney and Lars Ulrich. On later demos, featuring the first full tracks that would appear on Kill ‘Em All, Dave Mustaine took Lloyd’s place and Ron was replaced by Cliff Burton. Mustaine was kicked from the band for having a bad attitude and was replaced by the final Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. With this final line-up Kill ‘Em All was recorded.

The album features a lot of Metallica’s remarkable thrash songs such as: Seek & Destroy, Whiplash and The Four Horsemen. Unlike the later albums, Kill ‘Em All didn’t have any symphonic sounds or instruments supporting the tracks.

The original title of the album was supposed to be Metal Up Your Ass and it had a different cover artwork (hand with a dagger sticking out from WC). Megaforce permissed it. The title Kill ‘Em All was what Cliff Burton said after the record company rejected the original Metal Up Your Ass cover. “Just fuckin’ kill ‘em all” were his exact words.

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