- 24 Sep 18
To mark the official announcement of their Slane Castle 2019 gig, Colm Connolly selects the greatest Metallica albums ever, counting down from No. 5 to the greatest of them all – we’re not saying which! – at No.1.There are Metallica fans out there who will disagree vehemently – and who will doubtless want to have a slug of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey before carefully letting us know where we got it wrong…
5: Kill Em All (1983)
A challenge to all the poser hair-metal bands of the 1980’s, who ruled the charts and the Sunset Strip, but were thankfully forgotten and written out of history by 1990. What you have here is a band unapologetically shoving their fusion of American hardcore punk, popularised by the likes of Black Flag and Dead Kennedy’s, with The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and a sprinkle of Sabbath right in your face (the original title of the album was Metal Up Your Ass). Kill Em All introduced the world to the most important metal band of the 1980’s and 90’s, possibly beyond, and what we hear are the early signs of the arrival of the “Mick and Keith of Metal”, Lars Ulrich and James Hatfield. Not one that stays on my turntable for too long, but essential listening to see how the band would develop and sophisticate their style in coming years, while at the same time maintaining the attitude and intensity of this somewhat naive but strong-willed debut. A good album in itself, but they would get better. Much better. And quickly.
Key Tracks: ‘The Four Horsemen’, ‘Seek and Destroy’, ‘Hit The Lights’.