Reissue radar: Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning


Metallica is releasing box sets of both Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning, possibly bringing new attention to their earliest and most virile content. Each box set includes several vinyls and CDs worth of material, ranging from newly remastered (and possibly brickwalled) versions of the albums to live concerts and demos of the albums’ tracks. While the mixture of vinyl and CD content and the frequently iffy nature of studio demos lead me to wonder exactly how useful these box sets are, the actual songwriting content is sound, and it could possibly help a new generation of metalheads learn crucial lessons about how to make metal; good foundations for more advanced studies like Slayer and Morbid Angel. The albums are available for preorder from Metallica‘s online store, and the official releases will be on April 15th.

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3 thoughts on “Reissue radar: Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning

  1. canadaspaceman says:

    What happened to them releasing “No Life ‘Till Leather” on to vinyl? and CD with bonus material?
    They only made a tape re-release for “record store day” in 2015.
    Discogs sellers have them at high prices. Ridiculous.
    Funny how some of the live concert material they are including with the KEA amd RTL remaster sets are popular bootlegs.
    The LIVE AT THE METRO IN CHICAGO ON AUGUST 12TH, 1983 DVD has missing audio for the first 3 songs?
    With all the resources / money Metallica have, they could not patch in audio from the existing bootlegs (that are also being downloaded right now)?

  2. SomberSun says:

    Kill ‘Em All is fucking gold.

  3. morbideathscream says:

    I have the original cd pressings of kill ’em all and ride the lighting which are limited to 666 million copies each hahaha.

    Seriously, what the fuck is the point of re-releasing albums that have been widely pressed and mass produced? Not to mention that with them remastering it they’ll probably tweak a few things and butcher the original sound of those albums. The only 2 metallica albums that are good throughout. Master of puppets and …and justice for all had maybe 3 good songs on each of those albums, but I’d always skip tracks when I played those albums. Then of course sellout mania followed.

    It would make more sense to release the no life til leather demo as bonus tracks on the reissues instead of shitty sounding bootlegs of live shows. I hate to see how many times the no life til leather demo and better sounding bootleg live shows have been downloaded. Lars would be shitting his pants.

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