Metallica - Ride The Lightning

9.2 | 3506 votes |
Release date: 27 July 1984
Style: Bay Area thrash metal


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01. Fight Fire With Fire
02. Ride The Lightning
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. Fade To Black
05. Trapped Under Ice
06. Escape
07. Creeping Death
08. The Call Of Ktulu

Top 20 albums of 1984: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 4

James Hetfield - guitars, vocals
Kirk Hammett - guitars, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Cliff Burton - bass

Additional info
Produced by Metallica.
Assisted by Flemming Rasmussen and Mark Whitaker.
Engineered by Flemming Rasmussen.
Recorded and mixed at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark, during spring 1984.
Mastered at Masterdisk by Bob Ludwig.

Cover concept: Metallica
Cover design: AD Artists

Guest review by
Iced Iñigo
With this album Metallica confirm their total control on Thrash Metal and their consolidation like an international band. In this album the band members were fully adapted to each other and make a more mature and considerably better musical album. The lyrics of this album are also better than in the last one, they do not speak now about headbanging, blood, and those things, in "Ride The Lightning" they speak about personal problems like in 'Fade To Black' . Other tracks are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and the movie 'The Ten Commandments' like 'Creeping Death'.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (48)

Guest review by
1984. Talk about a band and an album being so far ahead of their time that they would be hallmarks in the history of metal...

Ride the Lightning was nothing less than a nuclear bomb dropped in American metal laps. We'd heard Judas Priest and Sabbath, but nothing could have prepared anyone for what was coming full force out of San Francisco in '84. Since Kill 'em All had limited success in the underground, most people still hadn't heard of the Bay area thrashers who were busy forging a new metal scene stateside. With the launch of Ride the Lightning and heavy touring, Metallica were set to take stage as one of the more brutal premier metal acts.

published 06.07.2008 | Comments (37)

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Metallica's second effort, called Ride The Lightning, was released in 1984. The American band verged it in an international scale, projecting that the real brutality is not merely limited through fast tempos, and other musical procedures can be tested.

Ride The Lightning widely presents musical and lyrical progress, with more mature songs than Kill 'Em All. Metallica consciously developed more political and social lyrics; the songs are not about metal music itself, demonic contents or violence anymore. Solos are better-shaped and riffs are impeccable, and most importantly bass lines won't leave any space for critics.

published 06.06.2020 | Comments (2)

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02.01.2019 - 22:40
Rating: 9
Maasai Mara
Truly comedic that this is what Metallica was once capable of.
You are not metal enough until you visit Kenya. The cradle of mankind, where man learnt first to work with stones and first enjoyed the sounds produced by banging stones which later influenced metal in all its sounds and genres.
07.01.2019 - 14:45
Rating: 8
i c deaf people
Among some other classics, I found the remastered 2016 version of RTL under the x-mas tree. I consider this version to be a poor rip-off, it comes in a cheap cardbox digisleeve with no bonus or whatsoever. Besides, I couldn't spot any significant improvement in sound quality compared to the 25 years old 12" I already owned. Not surprisingly, Metallica's own lable Blackened published the remastered version. But how could Santa know they are selling out?

Anyway, I finally have this on CD so thanks a bunch, adorable Mrs. Santa! It was a great and unexpected gift indeed, because I didn't listen to this album for round about 20 years. Not that I forgot about it, I still remembered every single second of it. But back then, I didn't really bother when vinyl was out of fashion and it was too much of a struggle dealing with the ancient record player.

Hearing this masterpiece finally again after so many years, two questions arose: what If Metallica still had the fire, urge, anger and motivation of 1984 in their veins right now? And what if they still had a bit of the willing and the spirit of a young and struggling thrash band to record this album with the technical possibilities of 2019?

It's a pain in the arse thinking about this, because I bet - no, I know! - Metallica could still be one of the greatest metal bands the world has ever seen. Now, they are nothing but a blurred and shabby rememberance of that.
It's a shame. It really is.

@Lars Ulrich: I hate you with every fibre of my heart. And I hate your mum.
The day you sued Napster, I felt obliged to share the broadcasting of the 1968 Wimbledon quarter finals with the entire world so anyone could watch your daddy and Ingo Buding being shred by those Ozzies again and again and again. F#ck off!
signatures = SPAM
21.12.2019 - 12:40
Rating: 10
I recently listened to this album in full for the first time in quite a while and it's crazy how I still remembered the lyrics to The Call Of Ktulu so well after not hearing it for a long time.
And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
20.05.2020 - 14:02
Rating: 10
01. Fight Fire With Fire - 10/10
02. Ride The Lightning - 10/10
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls - 10/10
04. Fade To Black - 10/10
05. Trapped Under Ice - 10/10
06. Escape - 9/10
07. Creeping Death - 10/10
08. The Call Of Ktulu - 10/10

Overall: 9.9/10
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