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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: 3

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (8)

James Alan Hetfield - vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton - bass, backing vocals

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 (46)

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 (36)

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Dentura - 08.09.2013 at 09:23  
Rating: 10 Damn is this album brilliant. Excellent flow and songwriting perfection makes this one a true classic. This is about as good as it gets for this band, and that's pretty damn good. I may not be the biggest thrash fan, but I know an amazing album when I hear one, and this one does the trick.
Lião - 15.11.2013 at 05:18  
  First four songs are very strong, especially from whom the bell tolls. Overally a very good album.
salah mustain - 16.11.2013 at 07:09  
Rating: 10 Creeping Death is the best
deadone - 28.04.2014 at 06:59  
Rating: 9 22 years after first hearing this one and it still gets me all pumped when I crank it.

Absolutely timeless album. The young uns could learn a thing or two from it!
-Behnam- - 11.08.2014 at 17:48  
Rating: 10 DIE.....DIE.....BY MY HAND ..... DIE....DIE.....
deadone - 12.08.2014 at 03:31  
Rating: 9
Written by -Behnam- on 11.08.2014 at 17:48

DIE.....DIE.....BY MY HAND ..... DIE....DIE.....

+1 amigo!
Boxcar Willy - 23.09.2014 at 00:49  
Rating: 9 I forgot how good this actually is after all their... "contemporary" releases.

Fight Fire With Fire and Trapped Under Ice kick some serious ass.
Toxik - 26.10.2014 at 22:30  
Rating: 8 Always found this one to be a bit overrated... Don't get me wrong it's still a great record but... Trapped Under Ice and The Call Of Ktulu could be better
IronClawedAngel - 30.10.2014 at 23:59  
Rating: 10 Here it is. The best album ever made! And probably the only album where I can not find even the slightest moment of imperfection.
Ace Frawley - 31.10.2014 at 03:15  
Rating: 9 I agree with Toxik, "Trapped Under Ice" is a bit weak and a rather improbably scenario anyway. Who gets trapped under ice?
tea[m]ster - 31.10.2014 at 03:19  
Rating: 7 Creeping the one for me...
Morteza K. - 25.11.2014 at 17:47  
Rating: 9 This is the best album Metallica has done. Really great songs!

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