Picking one favorite Metallica album out of the first three has never worked out for me. For many, many years, it was sophomore effort Ride the Lightning, simply because it was the first one I truly fell in love with and it contains "Creeping Death", arguably one of their best songs. I recently went through a big Master of Puppets phase after picking up a cassette copy at a garage sale that subsequently lived in my tape deck for much of the summer (go listen to "Leper Messiah" if you need a reminder of how delightful that record can sound).
However, I suppose there's a reason I named my new KEXP metal show "Seek and Destroy." Kill 'Em All, Metallica's 1983 debut, is not only a concise, if crudely worded mission statement (aimed at the glam metal acts cluttering up the Sunset Strip at the time), it's a deeply resilient record. It still hits my ears in much the same was it did at the age of 13, and that's not easy to accomplish. Classic video of the song "Seek and Destroy" can be found after the jump.
Seek and Destroy debuts on KEXP at midnight, Saturday, October 31.