If you’re someone who knows anything about any genre of music that involves the use of the guitar, you’ve probably heard of Metallica. Which means you’ve probably heard of the album “Kill ‘Em All” - Metallica’s debut album released in 1983. Feel old? You should. The album was great. It had a vicious attitude that opposed the whole ‘Glam Metal’ scene at the time. With singles like “Whiplash” and “Jump in the Fire”, Metallica was grabbing the world of music by the balls with an icy grip. However, there were two problems:
First Problem: Ron McGovney. A keen bassist with a short history of musical careers. McGovney wasn’t a very notable character in Metallica’s timeline. Kicked from the band on Decemeber 10th, 1982, McGovney wasn’t in the band for a long time and didn’t really contribute as much as other members. He felt that he wasn’t a ‘respected’ member of the band. However the man did regret leaving the band when he did. After his leave, McGovney decided enough was enough and sold most of his musical equipment. This is where Cliff Burton, Metallica’s second bassist joins the band.
Second problem: Dave Mustaine. The man possessed the instrumental skills of a god. He could write songs for and play the guitar very well. That’s where a lot of Kill ‘Em All’s riffs are from. It’s not exactly recent news. Any Metallica fan knows that Mustaine wrote a lot of the music on the first album. So what’s my point? Well, my point is: Mustaine had influenced the band greatly, offering a lot of good.. and bad things. I’ve explained the good, let’s discuss the bad. Mustaine was a big fan of booze, parties and any drug he could get his hands on. He would often become very violent and crazed when drunk or high. “Dave wasn’t a nice drunk.”
April 11th, 1983, Dave was kicked out of the band. Obviously, he was emotionally crippled by this gesture, and held resentment towards Metallica for decades. Only recently has he let go of the grudge. James and Lars were a lead guitarist down. They needed a new man. That’s when they gold hold of Kirk Hammett. A skilled guitarist who showed great promise. Even today he rolls with the band, thrashing gigs in any possible country.
During the time of Kill ‘Em All an usually high amount of members left and joined the band. However, despite this controversy, the album remains a thrash metal classic and is enjoyed by millions even today. Shit, even I listen to it every now and again. If you’ve not listened to the album, I strongly recommend you find a spare hour and listen to it on YouTube or something. Even if you’re not a keen fan of metal music.