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Over the course of the eight tracks on Ride the Lightning the listener can detect the beginnings of the cataclysmic shift occurring in metal. Opening with the punishing combination of “Fight Fire With Fire” and “Ride the Lightning,” Metallica provide an immediate reminder of why they are the reigning kings of thrash metal, but with the slow, steamrolling riff of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” it becomes clear that the band is growing beyond the speed metal parameters of Kill ‘Em All. Their ambition is confirmed by “Fade to Black,” a ballad that refuses to sacrifice attitude for sentiment. To reiterate for their fans that they weren’t going soft, the second side of Ride the Lightning is lined with three of the band’s most devastating jolts: “Trapped Under Ice,” “Escape,” and “Creeping Death.” The album ends with “The Call of Ktulu,” an intricate eight-minute epic that points the way towards Master of Puppets and …And Justice For All. Ride The Lightning proved Metallica were more than the American metal movement’s brightest stars — they were now its leaders.

Customer Reviews

One of Metallica's best ever

I have been listening this album the better part of the last 20 years. It is a classic in the thrash/speed metal genre. If you know this genre than you know that Metaliica always had their own style and could not be imitated. No other band in that genre ever came close to the originality of Metallica. Metallica did their own thing and never compromised or listened to anyone else. They made it the way they wanted it. It was just the nature of James. Not sure if this is still true I think they still do their own thing. I really do not care for the newer stuff but some bands evolve beyond what they originally were. I still have total respect for them even though I like to complain about the new stuff.

Okay every song on here is a classic and "Fade to Black" always moved me in a way no other song has. It is not a pretty song but it is raw and adulterated and just pure emotional genuis. The song is beautiful song and goes beyond thrash/speed metal into different territory a place Metallica has visited on many albums. I guess in a way these are sort of metal ballads that are much more darker than the ballads of the typical hair glam metal bands of the eighties. It is similiar in that eveyone gets out theirs lighters when they play it live.

I would say standout songs are also "Ride the Lightning", "Creeping Death", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and "The Call of Ktulu" (an ode to the famous horror master HP Lovecraft). This was to be the first reference to Cliff Burton's love of this author with Master of Puppets's "The Thing that should not be" being the second.

Classic Metal that any metal fan most likely already owns. If you are a true metalhead that is.

The Blue Print for Future Albums

When it comes down to it, Ride the Lightning is, beginning to end, one of Metallica's best recorded endeavors. If there is such thing as a near perfect metal album, this is pretty close to it.

Yet another piece of perfection from the boys in Metallica.

Not quite as heavy as Kill Em All or Master of Puppets. Little more melodic. Just as epic.

Play For Whom the Bell Tolls at the loudest volume you can take. Enjoy.



Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning...
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