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Kill 'Em All
Kill em All (album)
Released 25th July 1983
Recorded 10th-27th May 1983 at Music America Studios in Rochester, New York
Length 51:14
Number of tracks 10
Label Megaforce Records (USA)
Music for Nations (Europe)
Formats LP, Cassette, CD, ITunes
Genre Thrash Metal
Chronology
Previous Album
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Next Album
Ride the Lightning

Kill 'Em All is Metallica's debut album, released on July 25, 1983 on Megaforce Records.

Metallica's original line-up featured James Hetfield (rhythm guitar/vocals), Lars Ulrich (drums), Ron McGovney (bass), and Dave Mustaine (lead guitar). Because of tensions with Mustaine, McGovney left the band. Castro Valley-born bassist Cliff Burton was recruited as his replacement. Mustaine was fired in April 1983 for his drug and alcohol problems, overly aggressive behavior and clashes with bandmates. After Mustaine's departure, Metallica recruited Kirk Hammett, who previously played for Exodus and was a one time student of Joe Satriani. The band started recording the album with Hammett barely a month later. Hammett's guitar solos on the album were partially based on Mustaine's original solos (the first four bars of most solos were written by Mustaine). After being Mustaine was fired, he then formed the band Megadeth, which also achieved multi-million selling success.

Writing process

Despite their differences, Mustaine's contributions to the early years of Metallica were still acknowledged; he received co-writing credits on four of the songs on Kill 'Em All. The songs "The Four Horsemen" (originally titled "The Mechanix"), "Jump in the Fire", "Phantom Lord" and "Metal Militia" were primarily written by Mustaine, most of "The Four Horsemen" was written by Dave Mustaine when he was in his previous band Panic. "The Mechanix" was performed at many early Metallica shows, but following Mustaine's exit, the band added a mid-paced, melodic middle section. Hetfield also wrote new lyrics for both "The Mechanix" and "Jump in the Fire" (a song originally about teenage sexual frustration), and retitled "The Mechanix" as "The Four Horsemen".

Recording process

The album was recorded in only two weeks on a shoestring budget. Originally, the band printed 1,500 copies. The band was said to have recorded each of their respective parts in days, James getting three days to do the rhythm guitars, two days to do vocals. Lars getting two days to record drums, Kirk getting a day for solos, and Cliff two for bass. The band was also barred from the mixing room during the album's recording, being the only time in the band's history they didn't have a say in how the final mixes of their songs would come out.

Album title

The band initially intended to title the album Metal Up Your Ass with the cover featuring a toilet bowl with a hand clutching a dagger emerging from it. However, Megaforce urged them to change this and they agreed, switching to Kill 'Em All. This time the cover featured the shadow of a hand letting go of a bloodied hammer. Burton is credited with coming up with the name Kill 'Em All (referring to timid record distributors, saying "why don't we just kill 'em all?") as a response to the whole situation. Even though the original title was unused, the band did later release a "Metal Up Your Ass" t-shirt with the proposed artwork. A live recording of a 1982 performance is in existence, titled Metal Up Your Ass (Live), and includes the originally intended cover artwork.

Original pressings of the album came with an inner sleeve that included pictures and lyrics as well as a silver label on the vinyl. Subsequent pressings had a blank white sleeve and standard album label. The 1988 re-release re-introduced the lyrics and photos. The original release can be distinguished by the words "Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang" at the top of the back cover. This was dropped from the re-release.

Track Listing

No. Title Composer Length
1. Hit the Lights James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4:14
2. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 7:10
3. Motorbreath James Hetfield 3:05
4. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 4:39
5. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Cliff Burton 4:18
6. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4:03
7. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 4:58
8. No Remorse James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 6:23
9. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 6:51
10. Metal Militia James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 5:10
Total length:
50:55

Elektra Bonus Tracks

No. Title Composer Length
11. Am I Evil? (Diamond Head Cover) Sean Harris, Brian Tatler 7:49
12. Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg Cover) Ian Jones, Jim Sirotto, Brian Ross 3:35
Total length:
62:38

iTunes Bonus Tracks

No. Title Composer Length
11. The Four Horsemen (Live 29.08.1989 in Seattle, The United States) James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 5:31
12. Whiplash (Live 29.08.1989 in Seattle, The United States) James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4:19
Total length:
61:04

Deluxe Edition

Disc 1

No. Title Composer Length
1. Hit the Lights James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
2. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
3. Motorbreath James Hetfield
4. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
5. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Cliff Burton
6. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
7. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
8. No Remorse James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
9. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
10. Metal Militia James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine

Disc 2

Live 9.02.1984 in Paris, France

No. Title Composer Length
1. The Ecstasy of Gold Ennio Morricone
2. Hit the Lights James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
3. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
4. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
5. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
6. No Remorse James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
7. Ride the Lightning James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine

Disc 3

Live 9.02.1984 in Paris, France

No. Title Composer Length
1. Motorbreath James Hetfield
2. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Cliff Burton
3. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
4. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
5. Metal Militia James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine

Disc 4

No. Title Composer Length
1. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 4:42
2. Seek and Destroy [Live 29.10.1983 in San Francisco, The United States] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
3. Phantom Lord [Live 29.10.1983 in San Francisco, The United States] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine

Disc 5

No. Title Composer Length
1. Hit the Lights James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
2. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
3. Motorbreath James Hetfield
4. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
5. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Cliff Burton
6. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
7. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
8. No Remorse James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
9. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
10. Metal Militia James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine

Disc 6

No. Title Composer Length
1. Metal Force Magazine Interview with Lars
2. Radio Ids with Lars, James and Cliff from 1984

Dsic 7

No. Title Composer Length
1. Motorbreath [Demo Version] James Hetfield
2. Hit the Lights [Demo Version] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
3. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth [Demo Version] Cliff Burton
4. Seek and Destroy [Demo Version] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
5. Phantom Lord [Demo Version] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
6. Whiplash [Demo Version] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
7. The Four Horsemen [Demo Version] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
8. Seek and Destroy ["Not Live" 29.10.1983 in San Francisco, The United States] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
9. Phantom Lord ["Not Live" 29.10.1983 in San Francisco, The United States] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
10. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
11. Whiplash [Neckbrace Version] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
12. Seek and Destroy [Live 29.10.1983 in San Francisco, The United States] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
13. Phantom Lord [Live 29.10.1983 in San Francisco, The United States] James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine

Disc 8

Live 20.01.1984 in Middletown, The United States

No. Title Composer Length
1. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
2. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
3. Fight Fire with Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton
4. Ride the Lightning James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine
5. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
6. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
7. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich

Disc 9

Live 31.10.1983 in Palo Alto, The United States

No. Title Composer Length
1. Hit the Lights James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
2. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
3. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
4. Fight Fire with Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton
5. Ride the Lightning James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine
6. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine
7. When Hell Freezes Over James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine
8. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
9. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Cliff Burton
10. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
11. Creeping Death James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett
12. Kirk Hammett's Guitar Solo Kirk Hammett
13. Metal Militia James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine

Disc 10

Live 12.08.1983 in Chicago, The United States

No. Title Composer Length
1. Hit the Lights James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 6:26
2. The Four Horsemen James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 7:55
3. Jump in the Fire James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 4:46
4. Phantom Lord James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 6:20
5. No Remorse James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 6:58
6. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Cliff Burton 4:20
7. Whiplash James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4:39
8. Seek and Destroy James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 7:34
9. Kirk Hammett's Guitar Solo Kirk Hammett 3:22
10. Metal Militia James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine 8:21
Total length:
60:46

Tour

Kill 'Em All was supported by Metallica's first tour dubbed the Kill 'Em All for One Tour, a co-headlining tour with Raven. The tour spanned 31 shows from July 27, 1983 to September 3, 1983, and would include acts such as Anthrax and Exodus. As well as the Seven Dates of Hell tour.

Trivia

  • The album was recorded in only two weeks on a shoestring budget. Originally, the band printed 1,500 copies.
  • This is the only Metallica album for which Kirk Hammett does not receive any songwriting credits. Because Dave Mustaine does.
  • Since Release Kill 'Em All has been certified 3x Platinum.

Personnel

Production

  • Paul Curcio, Jon Zazula – producers
  • Chris Bubacz – engineer
  • Alex Perialas (first pressing, credited as "Alex Perialis"), Bob Ludwig (all other releases) – mastering
  • George Marino – remastering
  • Andy Wroblewski – assistant engineer

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