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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 (546 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,748 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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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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By Andrew on April 20 2013
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
This album will give you a bulge in your pants - right before the executioner flips the switch and fries your brain...

When listening to this album, you'll be greeted with numerous fast, heavy hitting classics such as Ride The Lightning, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade To Black and greeted with a few not so classic, but still very enjoyable tracks. I have to give it to Metallica though, their sound had echoed through the ears of ages unlike any other. I remember being 12 or 13 and hearing the likes of Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman and thinking to myself, 'I need to hear more'. The rest, for me, is history. I've been rocking to Metallica for over a decade now and have taken every opportunity to pick up my guitar and wail out some of their tunes till my fingers are left bloodied and bruised - Only to get up the next morning to do it all again.

You really cannot go wrong buying this album or any other album up to and including the black album. In my humble opinion though, I would not waste a cent on anything Metallica has produced as of late, especially Lulu and St. Anger. Trust me when I say there is a great sense of irony in the fact that Metallica chose St. Anger as the title of that record. When I listen to it, I can't help but want to punch Lars in the face for the sound of his snare drum, rip out James' vocal chords and chop off Hammet and Hetfield's fingers... I truly am, "Madly in anger" with them for their recent efforts...
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Format: Audio CD
RIDE THE LIGHTENING, Metallica's second album, is notable for its musical direction, combining thrash metal with more symphonic, and much more complex, songwriting than previously seen in metal music.

When Metallica recorded their debut, Kill 'Em All, the record was brutal, fast, and noholds barred. The music barrels ahead, and there isn't nearly as many different instrumental subtetlies and flourishes that Metallica would later use to adorn their music with. Instead, the focus was to play the music as loud, and as fast, as humanly possible. They sounded rather like their contemporaries in drawing from the same overall musical milieu. A lot of bands from NWOBHM ("New Wave of British Heavy Metal") were covering a lot of the same territory, such as Black Sabbath, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Venom, Motorhead, early Def Leppard (think On Through the Night, their 1980 album, not their hair metal stuff), Saxon and other bands considered part of that movement..

Beginning with this record, and culminating in ... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, Metallica changed their approach. Still retaining the aggression and attitude of punk, mixed with the loud, bone-crunching amalgamation heavy metal sound popularized the major bands of NWOBHM then put in progressive songwriting that owes as much to classical music as pop or rock or traditional heavy metal, and you have a good idea of what RIDE THE LIGTHENING, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice For All sounds like. Those three records are what I call their progressive metal trilogy; with each album their song writing got more complex and more symphonic.

As much as I like KILL `EM ALL, this is the album in which Metallica really comes into their own.
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Metallica are truly one of the forces to be reckoned with in their genre of music whether you call it Metal, Heavy-Metal or Thrash is of little importance, they're one of the greats. While everyone has their own opinion of the band and what would become a lengthy career you absolutely cannot take away their achievements and the great music they have put out. Metallica already proved themselves to be a great band with their debut album Kill `Em All which has that early real raw and unpolished sound that makes it a fan favorite. 1984's Ride The Lightning expands on the formula of Kill `Em All and shows a bit more maturity, I mean the debut is great and it shows a lot talent it also shows a lot of anger from some seriously p***** off teenagers. You can see a certain progression, a development from the first album and they were becoming more and more the band that would release Master of Puppets. Ride is a dynamic and solid album all the way through, it also features tight musicianship and a lot of youthful aggression that's still very much present more than 25 years later.

The opening song "Fight Fire With Fire" with its gentle guitar opening gives the impression that it's going to be a slower and softer song than usual for Metallica. WRONG! It soon changes and suddenly becomes very fast, perhaps one of the fastest Metallica songs. Excellent track to begin an excellent album. The title track, Ride, remains to this day one of my favorite Metallica songs with its incredibly fast solos and powerful lyrics. "For Whom The Bell Tolls" has one of the most iconic intros in Metal, once again amazing lyrics by James ("take a look to the sky just before you die, it's the last time you will", sounds nice doesn't it?).
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