July 25th, 1983, Metallica released their FIRST album.
Looking back at their first, here are some things you may not know about Kill ‘Em All thanks to Loudwire:
1. That Wasn’t the Original Title
The album title was originally titled Metal Up Your Ass, but their distributors / label personnel forced the name change.
As the story goes, bassist Cliff Burton’s reaction was hardly favorable. “Aw, man, f–k ‘em. F–k those f–kers! Just kill ‘em. Kill ‘em all,” he declared. And the album title was born.
2. Songs Re-Used from No Life Til Leather Demo
Seven Kill ‘Em All songs were re-worked from their 1982 demo titled No Life Til Leather recorded with guitarist Dave Mustaine – that demo got them signed to the label Megaforce. After Dave Mustaine, Kirk Hammett helped in adding Whiplash, No Remorse, and Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth).
3. The Four Horsemen = Machanix
Dave Mustaine wrote a song called Mechanix including some lyrics about “a horny mechanic” but the band changed the song and replaced those lyrics. The tune became The Four Horsemen.
4. Megaforce: An Indie Record Store Owner Starts a Label for Metallica
Johnny Zazula was an indie record store owner and started Metallica’s label at the time, Megaforce , with a tiny budget just to release their album, after recording at Music America Recording Studio where the Doobie Brothers once recorded. He even had to take out a second mortgage on his house to fund it all.
5. Metallica were not allowed in the room while producers Paul Curcio and Chris Bubacz worked on the mixes:
Curcio and Bubacz weren’t used to recording such loud, aggressive music and set the studio equipment as if they were recording a normal rock band. When they realized the levels on the board spiked and the recording over-distorted, they tried to compensate by turning down the knobs. Zazula wasn’t happy when he heard the final mix. He felt the drums were too loud and the guitars didn’t cut enough. So the producer boosted the guitars and dropped the drums a tad.