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Ride the Lightning

Metallica Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JURY IS STILL OUT ON THIS ONE!!! Feb. 15 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
MY REVIEW IS BASED ON PRODUCTION OF THIS SHM-CD ONLY.WE ALL KNOW WHAT AN AMAZING CD THIS IS.FROM WHAT I CAN GATHER FROM THIS RELEASE PRODUCTION WISE. I WOULD HAVE TOO AGREE WITH ANOTHER REVIEW, THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE ALBUM, IN PRODUCTION VALUES. NO HISSES OR CRACKS OF COURSE. EVERY INSTRUMENT HAS CLEAN QUALITIES TOO THEM. THE VOLUME LEVELS HAVENT BEEN RAISED. - MAKE THIS CLEAR, THIS IS NOT A REMASTERED CD. THE COMPRESSION SOUND IS NOT ON THIS CD, LIKE IT IS ON THE "REGULAR CD" . AT 40 BUCKS THIS IS REALLY TOO HIGH A PRICE CONSIDERING CDS ARE GOING BY THE WAYSIDE. STILL WERE ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR THAT "BEST" SOUND POSSIBLE.SO ITS UP TOO YOU, TAKE A CHANCE AND HEAR SOMETHING YOU NEVER HEARD ON THIS CD OR STICK WITH YOUR OLD COPY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chair I'd sit in... April 20 2013
By Andrew
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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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This rocks! Feb. 16 2012
By Louitch
Format:Audio CD
One of the five albums that permit to Metallica to enter the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. You can hear classics like "For whom the bell tolls" but also pieces of anthology of metal music like "The call of Ktulu", "Fade to Black" or "Creeping death". If you like hard rock and metal, you won't be desapointed by this album.
Only a technical point. I used to see Elektra Music as the label on this album. The one sold here is different, maybe due to the fact it came from Germany instead of USA. However, the quality of the product is perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done. April 3 2005
Format:Audio CD
FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE- a great opener, suberb riffs from james 9.5/10
RIDE THE LIGHTNING- all around awesome song, drags on a little long 9.3/10
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS- a great track, awesome lyrics and riffs 9.9/10
FADE TO BLACK- the best track on the cd by far. 10/10
TRAPPED UNDER ICE- a good song, just not their best 8.8/10
ESCAPE- another well done song, not a great hit with me 7.9/10
CREEPING DEATH- awesome song, lyrics/riffs all good 9.1/10
THE CALL OF KTULU- very well done, nice closer 9.4/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favorite album from Metallica 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10
merci beaucoup le cd est arrivé a temps comme prevu et il est en bonne etat. je recommence ce vendeur
Published on Sept. 13 2011 by imback313
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great ride after all those years, genuine classic Metal album
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... Read more
Published on June 16 2011 by Tommy Sixx Morais
5.0 out of 5 stars RTL>MOP
This is one of Metallica's top 2 albums right here folks! You can decide if its #1 or #2. Stay far away from Load/Reload/St. Anger!
Published on April 23 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars RIDE THE LIGHTNING ROCKS. ONE OF THE BEST METAL ALBUMS AROUND!!
Ride the Lightning has to be considered one of the best metal albums of all-time. Fade to BLack, For WHOM THE BELL TOLLS and Creeping death are the best songs on the album and one... Read more
Published on July 21 2006 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica is the sh***t
Greatest metal album ever recorded.
Hammett's solo in the title track has to be faster than the speed of light itself.
Published on June 9 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars This albums rockssss !!!!!!!!!
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! Read more
Published on March 21 2005 by Stéphanie P...
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school Metal
I am 100% convinced that this is the greatest metal album ever made. If your new to Metallica, this is the one to get. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2004 by no1metalfan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what its all about
I think this is definitely Metallica's best album. Now don't get me wrong, I like all of Metallica's stuff (except for post-Black Album stuff), but this is really what its all... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2004 by Jack Metal
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