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Ride the Lightning

4.8 out of 5 stars 567 customer reviews

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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 567 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (11/97)

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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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What a classic album! I love how these old Metallica albums are getting the repressing they deserve. Sounds great on the turntable.

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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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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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A word of warning to latecomers to Metallica's work: "Ride the Lightning" era Metallica bears ZERO resemblance to their hard rock work starting with 1991's "Metallica". "Ride The Lightning" is pure thrash; it just doesn't get any harsher and faster than this. I bought this album soon after it came out, in 1985, and it took me a full year of listening to truly appreciate its brilliance. This album represented a quantum leap beyond the simplistic yet still memorable "Kill 'Em All"--the lyrics and the themes here are (as one reviewer has already noted) conceptually similar to what Iron Maiden was exploring on their albums "Piece of Mind" and "Powerslave" and what bands like Black Flag had explored from the start--alienation, fury and destruction. A true missing link between punk and metal. "Fight Fire With Fire" is absolutely apocolyptic; "Ride the Lightning" is relentless (I have always thought of the music on this song as the soundtrack to nightmares), "Creeping Death" is outstanding. Truly a classic. Strongly recommended for people who think lame bands like System of a Down and Creed are "rock"--listen and learn.
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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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