"Metal Militia" is the last track on Kill 'Em All
, Metallica's debut album. It's credited to James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine, but according to Mustaine, Ulrich had no part in the writing.
"James and I wrote 'Metal Militia' and 'Phantom Lord
,'" he told Songfacts in 2022
. "Every note. And somehow, on the record it says Lars gets 10%."
Mustaine was the original lead guitarist in Metallica but was fired before the album was released, with his parts re-recorded by his replacement, Kirk Hammett. The reason for his dismissal: drug and alcohol problems, a classic case of the pot accusing the kettle of being black. Mustaine formed Megadeth and took his place as one of the biggest names in metal, but his beef with Metallica lingered. Mustaine wasn't happy when they used songs he co-wrote (he also had a hand in "The Four Horsemen
" and "Jump in the Fire
"), and he was very
unhappy when he saw the credits.