Kill 'Em All

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May 22, 2022

Kill 'Em All is the debut studio album by American thrash metal band Metallica, released on July 25, 1983 by Megaforce Records. The group, founded in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield, began performing at clubs in Los Angeles and decided to record several demos to attract the attention of club owners. One of them, No Life 'til Leather (1982), reached the director of the Megaforce label, Jon Zazula, who provided a budget of 15,000 USD for the creation of the album, whose recording was made in May 1983 by the producer Paul Curcio at Music America Studios in Rochester, New York. Also, during the preparation of the album, both guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney left Metallica due to various disagreements, so Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton replaced them. The latter set as a condition for its entry the transfer of the ensemble to the San Francisco area, where the rehearsals were finally carried out. It was originally intended to be titled Metal Up Your Ass, with a cover showing a hand grasping a dagger emerging from a toilet bowl, but a name change was requested, as distributors thought such features—considered offensive—would diminish its appeal. chances of commercial success. Metallica promoted it on their two-month Kill 'Em All for One US tour along with Raven. Likewise, two singles were released, "Whiplash" and "Jump in the Fire", of which only the latter managed to position itself on the music charts, since it reached number 30 on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles. It did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1986, when it reached number 155 following the release of the third studio album, Master of Puppets; the reissue made by Elektra Records in 1988 reached box 120. Part of the critics have agreed that it is an innovative work in the thrash metal subgenre, while its musical approach and its lyrics are markedly different from the mainstream. of early 1980s rock and inspired a number of bands that followed in a similar fashion. The RIAA certified it three times platinum in 1999 for selling three million copies in the United States, while Argentina's CAPIF (60,000 units), Canada's CRIA (100,000), Canada's ARIA (70 000), from Australia, and the ZPAV (20,000), from Poland, also awarded him one. In the UK, with 100,000 copies confirmed by the BPI, and in Germany, with 250,000 according to the BVMI, it achieved gold.

Background

Drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield founded Metallica in 1981 in Los Angeles. Before deciding on a definitive line-up, Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records asked them to record a song for the first edition of his Metal Massacre compilation (1982). They chose "Hit the Lights" from Hetfield's previous band, Leather Charm, with childhood friend Ron McGovney on bass and Lloyd Grant on guitar.[1] The first lineup featured Hetfield, Ulrich, McGovney and guitarist Dave Mustaine, from Panic, who got in thanks to a newspaper ad. They practiced in McGovney's garage and sought out gigs at local clubs; the first show occurred on March 14, 1982 at Radio City in Anaheim.[1] The nine-track setlist consisted of two originals—"Hit the Lights" and an unfinished version of "Jump in the Fire" — and performances by new wave British heavy metal bands like Diamond Head, Blitzkrieg, Savage and Sweet Savage. It did not go as well as planned, as Mustaine had problems with his guitar distortion pedal and broke a string during a song.[1] The second recital was held on 27 March.