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Kill 'Em All Kill 'Em All

Kill 'Em All   Kill 'Em All
  Release Date: July 1983
  Released by: Megaforce Records
  Produced by: Paul Curcio
  Recorded at: Music America, Rochester, New York
  Chart Position: #120 (USA)
  Album Sales: 3 million (USA)

Line Up:

James Hetfield - Guitar, Vocals
Lars Ulrich - Drums
Cliff Burton - Bass
Kirk Hammett - Guitar (recording and composition)
Dave Mustaine - Guitar (composition)

Tracks:
Song Titles link to the Lyrics, Guitar Icons link to the Tabs (coming soon).

1. Hit The Lights (4:17) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
2. The Four Horsemen (7:12) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
3. Motorbreath (3:08) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
4. Jump In The Fire (4:41) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
5. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (4:14) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
6. Whiplash (4:09) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
7. Phantom Lord (5:01) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
8. No Remorse (6:26) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
9. Seek & Destroy (6:55) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
10. Metal Militia (5:10) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
11. Blitzkrieg* (3:36) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)
12. Am I Evil?* (7:50) Get the tablatures. Open them in Power Tab (www.power-tab.net)

* Bonus tracks on the USA & Canadian versions.

Singles:

Jump In The Fire - UK EP Release in February 1984
Whiplash - USA 12" EP Release featuring the "Neckbrace Remix" of Whiplash

Album Notes:

Early versions of the release contained 2 additional tracks - "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg". The album was remastered in 1995.

Formerly entitled "Metal Up Your Ass", the lawyers convinced Metallica to change the album title because they thought no one would buy it with that title. "Kill Em All" refers to the bastards that made them change their album's name.

James: "Just the honesty and the innocence of it all is so cool. It's all we knew at the time: "bang your head", "crush the town" and all that shit. At the time I couldn't write a lyric to save my life, so all I could do was listen to other bands and see how they phrased things. I just wanted to put our attitude into it - and that's why I loved punk at the time. It was that honesty, which is something I'm not sure a lot of the older metal bands had. I mean, what was Judas Priest really writing about? Or Iron Maiden? It was all this weird fantasy stuff. And we maybe got into a little of that with "Phantom Lord" or a few other songs, but we've always tried to stay away from writing about things we didn't know about."

Lyrics and Song Info Lyrics and Song Info

HIT THE LIGHTS

The song "Hit The Lights" appeared as Metallica's first vinyl release in a slight rougher form on the "Metal Massacre I" compilation album of which were more than 100,000 copies sold before either Cliff Burton or Kirk Hammett joined the band. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song too.

The song is about Metallica and their fans and how they are acting on their gigs. The lyrics speak for themselves.

No life till leather
We're gonna kick some ass tonight
We got the metal madness
When our fans start screaming it's right, well alright
When we start to rock we never
Want to stop again

Hit the lights
Hit the lights
Hit the lights

We know our fans are insane
We're gonna blow this place away
With volume higher
Than anything today, the only way
When we start to rock we never
Want to stop again

Hit the lights
Hit the lights
Hit the lights

With all our screaming
We're gonna rip right through your brain
We got the lethal power
It's causing you sweet pain, oh sweet pain
When we start to rock we never
Want to stop again

Hit the lights
Hit the lights
Hit the lights

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THE FOUR HORSEMEN

The lyrics of "The Four Horsemen" are relating to the subject matter of a bible story in the final book of the New Testament in the "Chapter 6 of Revelations" which is called "The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse". The horsemen should spread in each of the four directions to pronounce "The Last Judgment - Doomsday" of the world.

By the last breath the fourth winds blow
Better raise your ears
The sound of hooves knock at your door
Lock up your wife and children now
It's time to wield the blade
For now you've got some company

The Horsemen are drawing nearer
On leather steeds they ride
They've come to take your life
On through the dead of night
With the Four Horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die

You have been dying since the day you were born
You know it's all been planned
The quartet of deliverance rides
A sinner once, a sinner twice
No need for confessions now
'Cause now you've got the fight of your life

The Horsemen are drawing nearer
On leather steeds they ride
They've come to take your life
On through the dead of night
With the Four Horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die

Time has taken its toll on you
The lines that crack your face
Famine, your body it has torn through
Withered in every place
Pestilence, for what you had to endure
And what you have put others through
Death, deliverance for you for sure
Now there's nothing you can do

So gather 'round young warriors now
And saddle up your steeds
Killing scores with demon swords
Now is the death of doers of wrong
Swing the judgement hammer down
Safely inside armor blood guts and sweat

The Horsemen are drawing nearer
On leather steeds they ride
They've come to take your life
On through the dead of night
With the Four Horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die

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MOTORBREATH

The song writing to "Motorbreath" was solely done by James. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" also included this song. In the lyrics it seems like the life is compared with a fast vehicle. Maybe it would be a good metaphor because the vehicle (-live) is driving fast through everything (every parts in live) without stopping or turning back. It was rumored that the song would be inspired by the impact of cocaine.

Living and dying, laughing and crying
Once you have seen it you'll never be the same
Life in the fast lane is just how it seems
It's hot and it's heavy and dirty and mean

Motorbreath
It's how I live my life
I can't take it any other way
Motorbreath
The sign of living fast
It is going to take your breath away

Don't stop for nothing, it's full speed or nothing
I'm taking down, you know, whatever's in my way
Getting your kicks as you're shooting the line
Sending the shivers up and down my spine

Motorbreath
It's how I live my life
I can't take it any other way
Motorbreath
The sign of living fast
It is going to take your breath away

Those people who tell you not to take chances
They are all missing on what life's about
You only live once, so take hold of the chance
Don't end up like others, same song and dance

Motorbreath
It's how I live my life
I can't take it any other way
Motorbreath
The sign of living fast
It is going to take your breath away

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JUMP IN THE FIRE

Written from the devil's point of view, he's watching the people who are killing each others and so the villain is sure that they all will get themselves in hell. They "Jump in the Fire". Jump in the Fire" was Metallica's second LP - single (outside the US). Its cover shows a laughing demon who's lurking in hell. This demon can be seen as a "Whiplash" sticker, seen on Jaymz's white Gibson Explorer. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song.

Down in the depths of my fiery home
The summons bell will chime
Tempting you and all the earth
To join our sinful kind
There's a job to be done and I'm the one
You people make me do it
Now it's time for your fate and I won't hesitate
To pull you down into this pit

So come on
Jump in the fire
So come on
Jump in the fire

With hell in my eyes and with death in my veins
The end is closing in
Feeding on the minds of man
And from their souls within
My disciples all shout to search you out
And they always shall obey
Follow me now, my child, not the meek or the mild
But do just as I say

So come on
Jump in the fire
So come on
Jump in the fire

Jump by your will or be taken by force
I'll get you either way
Trying to keep the hellfire lit
I'm stalking you as prey
Living your life as me, I am you, you see
There is part of me in everyone
So reach down, grab my hand, walk with me through the land
Come home where you belong

So come on
Jump in the fire
So come on
Jump in the fire

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(ANESTHESIA) PULLING TEETH

"(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth" is a composition of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton and is featured on Metallica's 1983 debut album Kill 'Em All. Besides bass, the song contains a voice intro of "Bass solo, take one" and the addition of Lars Ulrich on drums at 2:28.

The song is a bass solo that showcases Burton's skills and techniques as well as his influences: Geddy Lee from Rush, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead, and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke. Heavy distortion (Electro-Harmonix Big Muff), tapping, and a wah-wah pedal are used by Burton to produce many of the unique sounds that can be heard throughout the song.

Instrumental

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WHIPLASH

The song "Whiplash" was Metallica's first single release ever in North America. It is a tribute to all their fans that supported them since they started out.

Late at night, all systems go, you've come to see the show
We do our best, you're the rest, you make it real, you know

There is a feeling deep inside that drives you fucking mad
A feeling of a hammerhead, you need it oh so bad

Adrenaline starts to flow
You're thrashing all around
Acting like a maniac
Whiplash

Bang your head against the stage like you never did before
Make it ring, make it bleed, make it really sore

In a frenzied madness with your leather and your spikes
Heads are bobbing all around, it's hot as hell tonight

Adrenaline starts to flow
You're thrashing all around
Acting like a maniac
Whiplash

Here onstage the Marshall noise is piercing through your ears
It kicks your ass, kicks your face, exploding feeling nears

Now's the time to let it rip, to let it fucking loose
We're gathered here to be with you 'cause this is what we choose

Adrenaline starts to flow
You're thrashing all around
Acting like a maniac
Whiplash

The show is through, the metal's gone, it's time to hit the road
Another town, another gig, again we will explode

Hotel rooms and motorways, life out here is raw
But we'll never stop, we'll never quit, 'cause we're Metallica

Adrenaline starts to flow
You're thrashing all around
Acting like a maniac

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PHANTOM LORD

The song "Phantom Lord" is probably the most musically mature song on the "Kill 'Em All" album and hints at where the band's sound would eventually head. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included that song. This song is written about the war cry of a mythical heavy metal creature.

Sound is ripping through your ears
The deafening sound of metal nears
Your body's waiting for his whips
The taste of leather on your lips

Hear the cry of war
Louder than before
With his sword in hand
To control the land
Crushing metal strikes
On this frightening night
Fall onto your knees
For the Phantom Lord

Victims falling under chains
You hear them crying dying pains
Fist of terror's breaking through
Now there's nothing you can do

Hear the cry of war
Louder than before
With his sword in hand
To control the land
Crushing metal strikes
On this frightening night
Fall onto your knees
For the Phantom Lord

The leather armies have prevailed
The Phantom Lord has never failed
Smoke is lifting from the ground
The rising volume metal sound

Hear the cry of war
Louder than before
With his sword in hand
To control the land
Crushing metal strikes
On this frightening night
Fall onto your knees
For the Phantom Lord

Fall to your knees
And bow to the Phantom Lord

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NO REMORSE

Metallica's first anti-war song. It is about people who go off to war just for the sake of killing, guiltless and numb to the pain of their victims.

No mercy for what we're doing
No thought to even what we have done
We don't need to feel the sorrow
No remorse for the helpless one

War without end

No remorse, no repent
We don't care what it meant
Another day, another death
Another sorrow, another breath
No remorse, no repent
We don't care what it meant
Another day, another death
Another sorrow, another breath

Blood feeds the war machine
As it eats a way across the land
We don't need to feel the sorrow
No remorse is the one command

War without end

No remorse, no repent
We don't care what it meant
Another day, another death
Another sorrow, another breath
No remorse, no repent
We don't care what it meant
Another day, another death
Another sorrow, another breath

Only the strong survive
No will to save the weaker race
We are ready to kill all comers
Like a loaded gun right at your face

War without end

No remorse, no repent
We don't care what it meant
Another day, another death
Another sorrow, another breath
No remorse, no repent
We don't care what it meant
Another day, another death
Another sorrow, another breath

Attack

Bullets are flying
People are dying
With madness surrounding,
all hell's breaking loose
Soldiers are hounding
Bodies are mounting
Cannons are shouting to take their abuse

With war machines going
Blood starts to flowing
No mercy given to anyone here
The furious fighting
Swords are like lighting
It all becomes frightening,
you know death is near

No remorse

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SEEK & DESTROY

James Hetfield: "The idea of "Seek" came from a Diamond Head song called "Dead Reckoning". I used to work in a sticker factory in L.A., and I wrote that riff in my truck outside work. This was our first experience in a real studio. I used a white Flying V, which was the only guitar I had back then. I still have the guitar in storage. The song is based around a one-note riff that was up a little higher. Though most of my riffs are in E, that one worked off an A."

We're scanning the scene in the city tonight
We're looking for you to start up a fight
There's an evil feeling in our brains
But it's nothing new, you know it drives us insane

Running, on our way
Hiding, you will pay
Dying, one thousand deaths
Running, on our way
Hiding, you will pay
Dying, one thousand deaths
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy

There is no escape and that's for sure
This is the end, we won't take any more
Say goodbye to the world you live in
You have always been taking but now you're giving

Running, on our way
Hiding, you will pay
Dying, one thousand deaths
Running, on our way
Hiding, you will pay
Dying, one thousand deaths
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy

Our brains are on fire with the feeling to kill
And it won't go away until our dreams are fulfilled
There is only one thing on our minds
Don't try running away, 'cause you're the one we will find

Running, on our way
Hiding, you will pay
Dying, one thousand deaths
Running, on our way
Hiding, you will pay
Dying, one thousand deaths
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy

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METAL MILITIA

The song "Metal Militia" with its speed is a good example for Metallica's trash metal style of their early days. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song. In a certain sense it is a kind of a call-to-arms song for all metalheads.

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
Ironclad soldiers
Join or be conquered, the law of the land
What will befall you?
The metalization 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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Bonus Tracks:

BLITZKRIEG

Let us have peace, let us have life
Let us escape the cruel night
Let us have time, let the sun shine
Let us beware the deadly sign

The day is coming
Armageddon's near
Inferno's coming
Can we survive the blitzkrieg
The blitzkrieg
The blitzkrieg

Save us from fate, save us from hate
Save ourselves before it's too late
Come to our need, hear our plea
Save ourselves before the earth bleeds

The day is dawning, the time is near
Aliens calling, can we survive the blitzkrieg

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AM I EVIL?

My mother was a witch, she was burned alive
Thankless little bitch, for the tears I cried
Take her down now, don't want to see her face
All blistered and burnt, can't hide my disgrace

Twenty-seven, everyone was nice
Gotta see em, make em pay the price
See their bodies out on the ice
Take my time

Am I evil? Yes I am
Am I evil? I am man, yes I am

As I watched my mother die, I lost my head
Revenge now I sought, to break with my bread
Taking no chances, you come with me
I'll split you to the bone, help set you free

Twenty-seven, everyone was nice
Gotta see em, make em pay the price
See their bodies out on the ice
Take my time

Am I evil? Yes I am
Am I evil? I am man, yes I am

On with the action now, I'll strip your pride
I'll spread your blood around, I'll see you ride
Your face is scarred with steel, wounds deep and neat
Like a double dozen before ya, smells so sweet

Am I evil? Yes I am
Am I evil? I am man

I'll make my residence, I'll watch your fire
You can come with me, sweet desire
My face is long forgot, my face not my own
Sweet and timely whore, take me home

Am I evil? Yes I am
Am I evil? I am man

My soul is longing for, await my heir
Sent to avenge my mother, sweep myself
My face is long forgot, my face not my own
Sweet and timely whore, take me home

Am I evil? Yes I am
Am I evil? I am man
Am I evil? Yes I fucking am
Am I evil? I am man, yeah

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