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!