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Kill em All (album)

Metal Militia is the tenth and final track on Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All. It's written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Dave Mustaine.

Song Theme

The track serves as something of a call to arms to all diehards to spread the 'word of metal', thus becoming the metal militia. The tone of the song is similar to that conveyed later in the track "Battery", which describes the metal community and the idea of uniting around the common interest of thrash.

Live

  • "Metal Militia" was first performed on March 27, 1982, in West Hollywood, California.
  • As of September 2016, it's only been performed 86 times live.

Lyrics

    Thunder and lightning, the gods take revenge
    Senseless destruction
    Victims of fury are cowardly now
    Running for safety
    Stabbing the harlot to pay for her sins
    Leaving the virgin
    Suicide running as if it were free
    Ripping and tearing
    
         Oh, through the mist and the madness
         We're trying to get the message to you
       
         Metal militia
         Metal militia
         Metal militia
    
    Chained and shadowed to be left behind
    Nine and one thousand
    Metal militia for your sacrifice
    Iron clad soldiers
    Join or be conquered, the law of the land
    What will befall you?
    The metallization of your inner soul
    Twisting and turning
    
         Oh, through the mist and the madness
         We're trying to get the message to you
       
         Metal militia
         Metal militia
         Metal militia
    
    We are as one, yes, we all are the same
    Fighting for one cause
    Leather and metal are our uniforms
    Protecting what we are
    Joining together to take on the world
    With our heavy metal
    Spreading the message to everyone here
    Come let yourself go
         Oh, through the mist and the madness
         We're trying to get the message to you
       
         Metal militia
         Metal militia
         Metal militia

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