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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!
 

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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.
 

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Thats how I discovered them... a poorly recorded cassette with Kill em All in one side and Ride on the other. Ride was my fav but Motorbreath, Whiplash and Seek & Destroy where total favorites and got repeated play... yeah.. back and forth on cassettes was a pain... kids today dont know how easy they have it :)

Four Horseman is actually all Mustaine, he used that song on Megadeth first record and called it Mechanix, but I prefer Kill em All version by far even though Dave recorded version is actually faster:

 

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Don't think I've listened to a Metallica album since they released the Black album :lmao:

But I loved Kill 'Em All back in the day. The first four were pure gold..all of them.
 

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I appreciate its place in history, but Kill Em All never resonated with me like the next three. I prefer the more advanced harmony employed on the later three albums to the NWOBHM influenced pentatonics of KEA.
 

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My Metallica fandom started in 1991, digging through my best friend's older brother-in-law's music collection. But, it was probably after the big hoopla of the Black Album came out that it was pretty much cemented. I'd heard the previous albums a bit, but I really latched onto the BA. From there, I started buying their albums in reverse. First AJFA, then MOP, then RTL, and then I picked up the apex of thrash, KEA.

Imagine my utter heartbreak when I was standing (literally, standing) in the middle of the family room, in front of the TV, waiting for the premier of Until It Sleeps :lol:

Also...

Four Horsemen > *

:D

 

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Dude kill em all is the best!
 

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Kill 'Em All is one of those albums I won't listen to for forever, but when I remember it exists I'll spin it repeatedly for a week. It rules.
 

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I appreciate its place in history, but Kill Em All never resonated with me like the next three. I prefer the more advanced harmony employed on the later three albums to the NWOBHM influenced pentatonics of KEA.
^ perfectly stated
I should also add, I love NWOBHM, so I have no issue with the simpler sound, I just never latched on the NWOBHM by-way-of-the-Metallic-filter of Kill 'Em All. :shrug:
 

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I fucking love Kill Em All, it's probably my 2nd favorite of the 'big four' Metallica albums. The original version's production isn't even that bad, but the remastered version of it they released last year just makes it that much better; you still get the aggression and raw, in-your-face thrash feel.
 

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This album always brings me back to 7th grade when my buddies introduced me to Piece of Mind by Iron Maiden and Kill em All. I love the intro for Hit the Lights, but the two most important things to me as a kid just thinking of picking up the guitar was kirk's speed and bluesy solos, and secondly cliff burton. besides pulling teeth, the sound of his bass in the mix to me, was so badass and critical in me wanting to start other bands. This album made me go out and buy the rest of the metallica albums the next day, which was way back in 91 before the black album. Cliff was so BA and this was the start of it to me.
 

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My first exposure to Metallica was the black album and load as well. I did not really care for the band, but later in high school one of my buddies let me listen to ride the lightning and master of puppets. It was after hearing these two albums that I picked up kill em all and had a true appreciation for Metallica. No Remorse was my favorite song on the album and the first one that I learned to play on the guitar off the album.
 

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I used to listen to Kill Em All all the time playing UT 2004 as a kid, I fucking loved that album, actually more than some of the other big name Metallica albums.

But I'm a big fan of NWOBHM and James vocals on that one are pretty NWOBHM esque in parts.

It's the 80s trope though of the substantially different first album, Def Leppard's first album ruled too.

 

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I definitely prefer a lot about the albums that followed, but the sheer energy on Kill Em All alone is addicting to me right now. I'm a production NUT....and see TBA as the pinnacle of a metal mix, but man, the raw energy on KEA just gets me goin!

I'm not sure if I've ever heard any old Def like that, thanks, Greg!
 

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Kill 'Em All is actually the first Metallica album that I bought. I remember actually hearing Metallica on the radio all the time and finding it mediocre at best. Songs like Fuel, The Unforgiven, Sad But True, Nothing Else Matters, Hero of the Day, Until It Sleeps, and so on were just "okay." I never hated them, but I never really liked them either. Then one day I heard Seek and Destroy. And I didn't even know it was Metallica because it didn't sound anything remotely like what I'd heard on the radio. As soon as I found out it was Metallica, though, I looked up what album it was off of, went out, and bought it. That led to me buying Ride the Lightning (which is still my favorite Metallica album to this day), then Master of Puppets, and then ...And Justice for All.

It's not my favorite Metallica album, but I prefer it to most of the stuff they put out in the 90s or later.
 

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I got Kill Em All right before Ride came out. I loved it, but Ride was a game-changer for me and to this day is one of my all-time favorite albums. KEA set the stage for sure, and many other bands never matured past that era, but for my tastes at least, it doesn't hold a candle to Ride.
 

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My Metallica fandom started in 1991, digging through my best friend's older brother-in-law's music collection. But, it was probably after the big hoopla of the Black Album came out that it was pretty much cemented. I'd heard the previous albums a bit, but I really latched onto the BA. From there, I started buying their albums in reverse. First AJFA, then MOP, then RTL, and then I picked up the apex of thrash, KEA.

Imagine my utter heartbreak when I was standing (literally, standing) in the middle of the family room, in front of the TV, waiting for the premier of Until It Sleeps :lol:
Exactly my experience, finding them after the black album, skipping around the older ones, then watching my favorite band release Load :(

Ride, Master, and Justice are gold and have a permanent place on my iPhone.
 

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Exactly my experience, finding them after the black album, skipping around the older ones, then watching my favorite band release Load :(
No joke :lol:

Granted, I eventually got to liking Load, just considering it as the first album of a band that wasn't Metallica!
 
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