Deluxe Edition of Two LP set. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1983 album,Kill 'Em All, which was the debut album from Metallica. Ranked eighth on the list of the biggest selling groups in history, and one of the most influential bands in music, Metallica proved its metal with this groundbreaking album. In 1983, Metallica traveled to Rochester, New York to record its first album, Metal Up Your Ass. Due to conflicts with the band's record label and distributors' refusal to release an album with that name, it was renamed Kill 'Em All. The album peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 120 and although the album was not an initial financial success, it earned Metallica a growing fan base in the underground metal scene.
While not as timeless as Ride the Lightning
or Master Puppets
, Metallica's debut album--originally released in 1983--is still a fine piece of thrash metal, and as good a marker as any for the debut of the genre. Fusing the rapid-fire attack of bands like Motorhead with a guitar style reminiscent of such British heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Metallica essentially created a new kind of metal. Several of the songs from this 1983 album have since become classics, including "Seek & Destroy", "The Four Horsemen", and "Jump in the Fire". The songwriting isn't as sophisticated as on Metallica's later releases; still, it's a great listen, and essential for any heavy metal fan. --Genevieve Williams