Gonna start this by saying that I got into Metallica when Load was released. I was 13 or so at the time and only gave a shit about David Gilmour, Eric Johnson and Alice In Chains....I saw the video premier for "Until It Sleeps" and loved the clean guitar part....that's what got me into Metallica.
Fast forward....21 years? Sure, I've heard every Metallica record over and over since then...but didn't pay attention much to Kill Em All for some reason....I think it was the production...but I threw it on for shits and giggles the other day and fuckin' a, man....it was the first time I felt 15 again in so damn long. There's so much credit that goes to Puppets and Justice regarding the guitars, but man....the fucking energy in these songs!
I honestly feel like it's the early 80's and someone just handed me a cassette with this unknown band on it...I keep catching my Jeep rocking back and forth from drumming behind the wheel....I mean, seriously, "The Four Horsemen" riff? Come on!
It's the album I neglected the most too, and I think it was also the production for me. I barely know any riffs off of it, despite knowing the songs well. It just never gripped me by the throat like Lightning and Puppets did. It's too much of a 'prototype' to the sound I love for me to really delve into, lacks the muscle and swagger that the follow ups have. That's not to say I don't completely recognise its importance though, and I fucking love the opening to Motorbreath.