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Ride the Lightning

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 21 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H2H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fight Fire With Fire
2. Ride The Lightning
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
4. Fade To Black
5. Trapped Under Ice
6. Escape
7. Creeping Death
8. The Call Of Ktulu

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Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (11/97)


Don't let that classical-guitar-ish opening to "Fight Fire with Fire" fool you--Ride the Lightning packs a heavy-metal wallop. While not as ambitious as the subsequent Master of Puppets, this early Metallica album is indubitably one of their best. Thematically, it explores death and dying from myriad points of view: nuclear war ("Fight Fire with Fire"), electric-chair execution (the title track), and drowning ("Trapped Under Ice"). Interestingly, the best track on this album is probably "Fade to Black," a slower, more introspective song about suicide. There's also "Creeping Death," which remains a concert favorite. An excellent mix of rapid-fire guitar riffs, rip-roaring solos, and singer James Hetfield's trademark growl, this is thrash metal at its finest. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Terry on July 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was my second Metallica purchase when I first got into them about 7 years ago. I was blown away by how fast but perfect this album actually is. Metallica's 2nd album was monstrous to the metal community and this was a glorious sign of amazing things to come later on in the careers of these Bay-Area Bashers. Metallica eventually became the fastest and most influential metal band ever to come from America.
The opening intro to 'Fight Fire With Fire' goes from happy picking to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour! The ending fits in perfectly with one of my favorite intro's of all time with the title track, 'Ride the Lightning.' 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' is a timeless classic from this band along with 'Fade to Black,' which is considered by many to be Metallica's best ballad. My favorite song from this album is the song, 'Creeping Death,' with lyrics from the Biblical book of Exodus about the plagues that ravaged Egypt. The song is another name for the Angel of Death, or the 10th and final plague against the ancient Egyptians. This album ends perfectly with a breathtaking instrumental called, 'The Call of Ktulu.' For anyone who is new to Metallica, this is the album to start out with, along with Master of Puppets and the Black Album. These were the glory days for Metallica! Albums like, 'Ride the Lightning' are a rare gem that only Metallica could've ever created, and they did a magnificent job!
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Well, I have no words to say how I like this album..! I can't stop listening to it, it makes me feel so good! All the songs have really deep lyrics and James' voice has improved a lot! I think that it's not a surprise, but Fade to black was, still, and will always be my favorite song ever. I can listen to it all day on repeat lol :) Although, the lyrics are touching me so much that sometimes it makes me cry like a baby! Anyway, here are my rates:
Fight fire with fire: 9.9/10 (Nice intro!)
Ride the lightning: 10/10 (Great lyrics that fit entirely with the music)
For whom the bell tolls: 11/10 (Sooo nice this song!! I'm in ecstasy when I hear the bells tolling at the begining)
Fade to black: Oh my god, I don't have any rate for that song because it would be too high! *Death greets me warm*
Trapped under ice: 9.9/10 (We can really imagine that we're trapped under ice)
Escape: 9.9/10 (I love the lyrics, they're like an exit for some people)
Creeping death: 11/10 (Wooooww that song litteraly kicks ass! I could have died the first time I listened to it)
The call of Ktulu: 9.5/10 (Nice instrumental but it is a bit long... I rather like Pulling teeth, don't ask me why)
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By A Customer on July 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
Just for the record, I am not a Metallica fan (I listen to bands on Nuclear Blast mostly). But I will agree to review this album because this is the only Metallica record I care for. I bought this album a couple years back but it has mostly been sitting on a shelf right now. Nevertheless, this truly is a legend in the annals of speed/thrash metal. This is an exceptional concept album that explores many angles of death and doom:
Fight Fire With Fire- 5/5 Brutal thrasher about nuclear armageddon straight out of the deepest chasms of hell.
Ride The Lightning 5/5 Awesome take on electric-chair execution with one of Kirk Hammett's most outstanding guitar solos.
For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 Melodic metal marcher about funerals.
Fade To Black 5/5 Best track on album. Suicide is theme and features great acoustic guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful intro solo.
Trapped Under Ice 5/5 Great fast number with THREE (gasp!) phenomenal guitar solos! Can't quite figure out what it's about, though.
Escape 3/5 Weakest song on album, but kicks Leper Messiah's ass any day.
Creeping Death 4/5 Good swing-time rocker about Moses bringing the Ten Plagues to Egypt. The middle part ROCKS!
The Call Of Ktulu 5/5 I love instrumentals and this one sets the standard for all future Metallica instrumentals.
If you absolutely MUST have any Metallica albums, just get this one and you will be fine. For better speed/thrash metal, you should check out Nuclear Blast's catalog (two of my favorite NB bands are Dew Scented and Strapping Young Lads).
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By Jordan on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is a very good album from Fight Fire With Fire to The Call of Ktulu every song rules! Below i will rate each song on a scale of 1 to 5.
Fight Fire With Fire- Very good intro song to an album.. starts off with a acoustic guitar then heavy riffs follow.. killer guitars and drums. 5/5
Ride The Lightning- The title track to the album.. great lyrics and guitars and drums.. nice solo. 5/5
For Whom The Bell Tolls- One of my all time favorite Metallica songs... great bass intro and great guitars and drums. 5/5
Fade to Black- Ah, another classic Metallica song.. great riffs great drums and great lyrics. 5/5
Trapped Under Ice- A good Metallica song that is underrated, good guitars and drums. 4/5
Escape- Another underrated Metallica song.. good intro good guitars and drums. 4/5
Creeping Death- Another all time favorite Metallica song.. great guitar great drums. 5/5
The Call of Ktulu- Great instrumental.. good drums guitar.. everything's good. 5/5
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