Kill ’em All

~ Release group by Metallica

Wikipedia

Kill 'Em All is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 25, 1983, by the independent record label Megaforce Records. Kill 'Em All is regarded as a groundbreaking album for thrash metal because of its precise musicianship, which fuses new wave of British heavy metal riffs with hardcore punk tempos. The album's musical approach and lyrics were markedly different from rock's mainstream of the early 1980s and inspired a number of bands who followed in similar manner. The album did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1986, when it peaked at number 155, following Metallica's commercial success with its third studio album Master of Puppets; the 1988 Elektra reissue peaked at number 120. Kill 'Em All was critically praised at the time of its release and in retrospect, and was placed on a few publications' best album lists. It was certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1999 for shipping three million copies in the United States. The album generated two singles, "Whiplash" and "Jump in the Fire".

Metallica began by playing shows in local clubs in Los Angeles. They recorded several demos to gain attention from club owners, and eventually relocated to San Francisco to secure the services of bassist Cliff Burton. The group's No Life 'til Leather demo tape (1982) was noticed by Megaforce label head Jon Zazula, who signed them and provided a budget of $15,000 for recording. The album was recorded in May with producer Paul Curcio at the Music America Studios in Rochester, New York. It was originally intended to be titled Metal Up Your Ass, with cover art featuring a hand clutching a dagger emerging from a toilet bowl. The band was asked to change the name because distributors feared that releasing an album with such an offensive title and artwork would diminish its chances of commercial success. Metallica promoted the album on the two-month co-headlining Kill 'Em All for One tour with English heavy metal band Raven in the U.S. Although the initial shipment was 15,000 copies in the U.S., the album sold 60,000 copies worldwide by the end of Metallica's Seven Dates of Hell European tour in 1984.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Kill ’em All 12" Vinyl 10 Megaforce Records MRI 069 [none]
Kill 'em All 12" Vinyl 10 Roadrunner Records RR 9902
Kill 'em All 12" Vinyl 10 Music for Nations MFN 7 [none]
Kill 'em All CD 10 Music for Nations CD MFN 7 5016583100728
Kill ’em All Cassette 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 60766-4 075596076647
Kill 'em All CD 10 Roadrunner Records RR 9902 2
Kill 'em All CD 10 Roadrunner Records RR 34 9902
Kill 'Em All = 血染めの鉄鎚 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 4 NEXUS (King Records’ heavy metal and progressive rock sub-label, Japanese music only since 2001) K25P 438 [none]
Kill 'em All 12" Vinyl 10 Music for Nations MFN 7 P
Kill 'em All CD 10 Megaforce Records MRI CD 069 [none]
Kill 'em All CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) CD 60766 075596076623
Kill ’em All CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60766-2 075596076623
Kill ’em All CD 12 CBS/Sony (Japan) 25DP-5339 4988009629056
Kill ’em All (Reissue) CD 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) E2-60766 - 558247T 075596076623
Kill ’em All CD 12 PolyGram, Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-2 042283814226
Kill ’em All CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-2 042283814226
Kill 'em All 12" Vinyl 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-1 042283814219
Kill ’em All CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-2 042283814226
Kill ’em All Cassette 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-4 042283814240
Kill ’em All CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-2 042283814226
Kill ’em All CD 10 Sony Records (1991 - 2001 company - group/division of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)) SRCS 5777 4988009577722
Kill 'em All Vinyl 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-1 042283814219
Kill ’em All CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-2 042283814226
Kill 'em All Cassette 10 Vertigo (British rock label) 838 142-4 042283814240
Kill ’em All CD 10 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 9 60766-2 075596076623
Kill ’em All CD 10 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP 475 4547366012927
Kill 'em All Digital Media 12
Kill 'em All CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) UICR-1052 4988005440013
Kill 'em All Vinyl 10
Kill ’em All 2×Vinyl 6 + 4 Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) 0600753085271 600753085271
Kill ’em All SHM-CD 10 Vertigo (British rock label) UICY-94662 4988005628626
Kill ’em All CD 10 Blackened BLCKND003-2 856115004477
Kill 'Em All (remastered, Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 10 602547914057
Kill 'Em All (remastered) Digital Media 10 602547914071
Kill ’em All (Remastered 2016) CD 10 Blackened, Megaforce Records 00602547885272 602547885272
Kill ’em All (deluxe edition, Metallica store) 6×Digital Media 10 + 12 + 3 + 13 + 7 + 13 Blackened [none]
Kill ’em All (deluxe edition) 4×12" Vinyl + 5×CD + DVD 10 + 7 + 5 + 3 + 10 + 2 + 13 + 7 + 13 + 10 Blackened BLCKND003RD-1 858978005042
Kill ’em All CD 10 Blackened BLCKND003R-1 858978005134
Kill ’em All (Remastered Deluxe Edition) 5×Digital Media 10 + 12 + 12 + 7 + 13 Blackened
Kill 'em All 12" Vinyl 10 Blackened 00602547885289 602547885289
Kill 'em All (Remastered) Digital Media 10 Blackened

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Jump in the Fire
covers: A Tribute To Kill 'em All by Various Artists
included in: Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set
live performances: 2013-06-08: Orion Music + More, Detroit, MI, USA
part of: Rye Coalition's 10 Albums (number: 5)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000651567 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/6387 [info]
Wikidata: Q182826 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/metallica/kill_em_all/ [info]

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