Ride the Lightning

Ride the Lightning

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by Metallica
     
 

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Kill 'Em All may have revitalized heavy metal's underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica

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Kill 'Em All may have revitalized heavy metal's underground, but Ride the Lightning was even more stunning, exhibiting staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Incredibly ambitious for a one-year-later sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning finds Metallica aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well -- more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. But the true heart of Ride the Lightning lies in its rich musical imagination. There are extended, progressive epics; tight, concise groove-rockers; thrashers that blow anything on Kill 'Em All out of the water, both in their urgency and the barest hints of melody that have been added to the choruses. Some innovations are flourishes that add important bits of color, like the lilting, pseudo-classical intro to the furious "Fight Fire with Fire," or the harmonized leads that pop up on several tracks. Others are major reinventions of Metallica's sound, like the nine-minute, album-closing instrumental "The Call of Ktulu," or the haunting suicide lament "Fade to Black." The latter is an all-time metal classic; it begins as an acoustic-driven, minor-key ballad, then gets slashed open by electric guitars playing a wordless chorus, and ends in a wrenching guitar solo over a thrashy yet lyrical rhythm figure. Basically, in a nutshell, Metallica sounded like they could do anything. Heavy metal hadn't seen this kind of ambition since Judas Priest's late-'70s classics, and Ride the Lightning effectively rewrote the rule book for a generation of thrashers. If Kill 'Em All was the manifesto, Ride the Lightning was the revolution itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2013
Label:
Blackened Recordings
UPC:
0856115004484
catalogNumber:
004

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Metallica   Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett   Guitar
James Hetfield   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Lars Ulrich   Drums
Cliff Burton   Bass

Technical Credits

Metallica   Producer,Concept
Peter Cronin   Back Cover Photo
Kirk Hammett   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer
Dave Mustaine   Composer
Flemming Rasmussen   Engineer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Cliff Burton   Composer
Peter Paterno   Legal Advisor
Harold O.   Back Cover Photo
Neil Warnock   Representation
Ian Sales   Representation
Marsha Vlasic   Representation
Rick Brackett   Back Cover Photo

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Ride the Lightning 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Evanescence135 More than 1 year ago
I am 12 and my mother listens to Metallica... it is the BEST BAND IN THE WHOLE FLIPPING WORLD! If you think they suck you have no taste in music ....you probly even listen to Dubstep.....
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has slower songs than Master Of Puppets, but it rocks. The first 3 tracks that open the album are awesome, especially For Whom The Bell Tolls with its ultra-cool guitar riff. The 4th best song is the soul-shaking The Call Of Ktulu, with an apt ending. This album is great, but I can't wait to hear the black album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album shows the versatility and range of the band, it is dynamic and executed perfectly. This album showcases the true talent of the origional four. The lyrics are smart, unlike most metal drival these songs you can actually relate to. Best Metallica album and possibly the best metal album period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this cd is just awesome beyond words this album is one of metallicas finest this is metalica when they were in their prime and the moment this album came out metallica had their finest hour
Guest More than 1 year ago
metallica is the best band ever it was the frist cd i bought i think that people that do not like metallica will not under stand me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of their two best albums (the other one is "Master Of Puppets"). This is when Metallica were "Metallica" and NOT "Alternica"... A must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent work! The riffs are faboulous, lyrics are well done! This is not so angry but certainly this has some kind of effection to society. "Ride the Lightning" describes very good the U.S. death penalties. The last track, instrumental one "The Call of Ktulu" has to be one of the best instrumental tracks ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is probably Metallica's best album but who am I to say which is the best since I love all their albums. My favorite song is prolly For whom the bell tolls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay i have had this album for 5 to 7 years now everytime i hear the bass it reminds me of another guitarist in the band you might get fooled by cliff burtons bass playing he plays the bass and when he plays it it sounds like another guitarist if you like metallica check out whats on my recommadations
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica are at it again in this massive blowout of speed metal that even though more organised and controlled doesn't lose one bit of ferocity of Kill 'Em All! Trapped Under Ice is a blast!, while The Call of Ktulu sneeks up on you like the monster in the sea (that's what Cthulhu is!), and sounds great on S and M too! Fade To Black is one of the best, while For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fight Fire With Fire, Escape, Ride The Lightning, and Creeping Death give you the mega crunch you need to please your appetite! As always, Lars, James, Kirk and Cliff (and Jason) keep up that brilliant well of good music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica's second effort was just a little better than their first, at least more diverse. In some form, "Fade To Black" is a power ballad, yet its content has nothing to do with love, or anything positive for that matter. Great thrash metal album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coming in as one of the most innovative albums of Metallica’s eighties’ albums, Ride the Lightning clearly showed more growth while still keeping the metal alive. It begins slow with the beginning rift of “Fight Fire With Fire,” but soon explodes into a fast-roaring machine. With mature lyrics, but fast-paced guitars and drums, this is the best of the Metallica of the eighties. It would probably go right along beside Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.
Classic-Rock-Man More than 1 year ago
Not 1 of my favorites but still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic album. With "Kill Em All," the band established itself as very heavy and super-fast. In this album, they still have their speed themes, but also intact are slower tunes like my favorite song on the album, "Fade To Black." This is a very good c.d. for Metallica beginners to listen to. This, of course, and the Black Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is awesome!!!!!!! I espically like fight fire with fire, ride the lightning, trapped under ice, and fade to black.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very strong album mostly in the manner of the later (and slightly better) Master of Puppets. This one includes heaping doses of brutal thrash ('Fight Fire With Fire', 'Trapped Under Ice'), but also some slower, more grinding fare in 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'. The standout 'Fade to Black' is in the manner of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven', but deals with the dark topic of suicide. Lastly, metal fans will enjoy the aggressive rush of 'Creeping Death' and the long and winding instrumental 'Call of Ktulu'. Not quite as ambitious as their next two albums, this one is nevertheless an essential record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS THE ONE OF THE BEST CD'S BECAUSE OF FOR WHOM THE BELLZ TOLLS THERE CD'S BETTER LIKE THE ONE WITH SAD BUT TURE ENTER SANDMAN NOT ONLY DO I LIKE HOW IT SOUNDS I LIKE THE COVER TOO
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
metallica proves when they made this album that instrumentals can be scary and spooky and off the hook first let me thank dave mustaine james and lars and cliff burton who is not with us today but we all know cliff burton is watching over metallica in heaven thanks every metalica fan and thanks to all the haters who hate on metallica let me just say metallica and megadeth and slayer are the best bands to come out of the 80s
Guest More than 1 year ago
metallica rulz and i think its about time for them to make another come back and show all the rookies out there today how to make a killer song that actually can carry a good riff
Guest More than 1 year ago
RTL IS THE BEST HARDEST ALBUM OF METALLICAS CATALOG. KTULU ESACPE FADETOBLACK AND BELLZ ROCK MY WORLD BABY! GIVE THIS CD A SPIN!