Metallica - Ride The Lightning


9.2 | 2999 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: 2

Line-up
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
Rating:
10
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'.

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (47)

Guest review by
ponderer
Rating:
10
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.

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published 06.07.2008 | Comments (37)

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08.12.2014 - 08:38
Rating: 10
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Dead Eternity on 11.10.2012 at 04:35

Almost perfect album... Escape is the only weak track here.

I just pretend it never existed
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08.12.2014 - 17:24
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Written by LeKiwi on 08.12.2014 at 08:38

Written by Dead Eternity on 11.10.2012 at 04:35

Almost perfect album... Escape is the only weak track here.

I just pretend it never existed

You fucking kidding? The ending seriously doesn't do anything for you?

"Life's for my own to live my own way."

Truthfully, the one track I'd label as weak is Trapped Under Ice. Even if the only memorable part of Escape is the end, it's still better than Trapped Under Ice. Nothing at all memorable about that song.
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08.12.2014 - 17:27
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 17:24


You fucking kidding? The ending seriously doesn't do anything for you?

"Life's for my own to live my own way."

Truthfully, the one track I'd label as weak is Trapped Under Ice. Even if the only memorable part of Escape is the end, it's still better than Trapped Under Ice. Nothing at all memorable about that song.


I have never understood the hatred Escape's been getting. I thought it was a great track when I first got RtL in 1984 and still think it is a great track nowadays. Indeed Trapped Under Ice I have Always regarded as the weakest track of the album.
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08.12.2014 - 18:54
Rating: 9
Dead Eternity
Written by LeKiwi on 08.12.2014 at 08:38

I just pretend it never existed



Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.12.2014 at 17:27

Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 17:24


You fucking kidding? The ending seriously doesn't do anything for you?

"Life's for my own to live my own way."

Truthfully, the one track I'd label as weak is Trapped Under Ice. Even if the only memorable part of Escape is the end, it's still better than Trapped Under Ice. Nothing at all memorable about that song.


I have never understood the harted Escape's been getting. I thought it was a great track when I first got RtL in 1984 and still think it is a great track nowadays. Indeed Trapped Under Ice I have Always regarded as the weakest track of the album.

I don't hate Escape, that song is just weak and uninteresting, just a filler. And the ending isn't really memorable. James sings like he's tired of it.

I like all the energy and aggression of Trapped Under Ice, especially the speed metal riffing. It makes me feel more alive.
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09.12.2014 - 04:24
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
I'm the same as Marcel - I've always thought "Trapped Under Ice" was the weakest song on the album. And in relation to the lyrics - I always thought it was an improbable scenario, and even more so now, what with global warming.
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09.12.2014 - 05:11
Rating: 10
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.12.2014 at 17:27

I have never understood the hatred Escape's been getting. I thought it was a great track when I first got RtL in 1984 and still think it is a great track nowadays.

Personally, the cheesy chorus does it for me. I can't stand it. The rest of the song is great, but that one section put me off so much. It just doesn't fit with the vibe of the album imo.
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18.12.2014 - 18:07
Rating: 8
Toxik
Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 17:24

Written by LeKiwi on 08.12.2014 at 08:38

Written by Dead Eternity on 11.10.2012 at 04:35

Almost perfect album... Escape is the only weak track here.

I just pretend it never existed

You fucking kidding? The ending seriously doesn't do anything for you?

"Life's for my own to live my own way."

Truthfully, the one track I'd label as weak is Trapped Under Ice. Even if the only memorable part of Escape is the end, it's still better than Trapped Under Ice. Nothing at all memorable about that song.

For some reason always liked that chorus
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14.01.2015 - 08:00
Rating: 10
Maco
Handbanana
6 years ago. When I didn't know that blackened post-hardcore existed, decided to listen this album in its entirety. I was totally amazed, and since that moment my search for extreme music started. Every song was totally brilliant and memorable. I still think that nowadays.

I don't care how many albums I will listen in the future. There will always be a time for this masterpiece.
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31.01.2015 - 09:12
Rating: 7
Ruchesko
Fade To Black aside, I prefer Kill 'Em All.
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28.01.2016 - 22:52
Rating: 10
Taake3
Same here. Escapes honestly my favorite track on the album lmao
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29.07.2016 - 17:11
Rating: 10
TrueMetalJope
An another strong album. The debut wins this slightly, though I cannot say this one is worse an album in rating, because these songs are mostly classic thrash material. It's the speed, rawness and straightforwardness that make the debut my favorite Metallica album.

I WOULDN'T recommend this album to pussies either (same for the debut), but I'm sure that this album works better for that than the debut.
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02.01.2017 - 04:29
Rating: 10
ElmerCojones
Greatest metal album of all time!
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16.05.2017 - 03:44
VIG
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.12.2014 at 17:27

I have never understood the hatred Escape's been getting. I thought it was a great track when I first got RtL in 1984 and still think it is a great track nowadays. Indeed Trapped Under Ice I have Always regarded as the weakest track of the album.

I 100% agree. Trapped Under Ice is definitely a huge disappointment, while Escape is on the same level as everything else on the album.
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