Ride the Lightning

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2008
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 600753085332
  • Catalog Number: 5308533

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metallica Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett Guitar
James Hetfield Guitar, Vocals
Lars Ulrich Drums
Cliff Burton Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Metallica Producer
Peter Cronin Back Cover
Kirk Hammett Composer
James Hetfield Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
George Marino Remastering
Flemming Rasmussen Producer, Engineer
Lars Ulrich Composer
Cliff Burton Composer
Mark Whitaker Producer
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Jean Lusby Layout Concept
Harold O. Back Cover
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 16, 2013

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    I am 12 and my mother listens to Metallica... it is the BEST BAN

    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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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Metallica sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Metallica sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

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    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Album

    Not 1 of my favorites but still good.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very talented band

    metallica proves they are the best of the best with this cd its one of their best albums cliff burton is one very talented bass guitar player now and days metallica is huge thanks to dave mustaine this band is just awesome completely awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    a great album that i can listen to over and over again

    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

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    another great metal album to come out of the 80s

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Great Album. One of my top four Metallica Albums between the black Album, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice for All. Metallica's albums after The Black album were horrible. St. Anger was very very bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent...album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    metallica is the best ever!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    metallica rocks!!!!!

    this cd is awesome!!!!!!! I espically like fight fire with fire, ride the lightning, trapped under ice, and fade to black.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolute best of Metallicas efforts

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ride the Lightning

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ride the Lightning

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Metallica rides with 4 horses through 5 stars.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Memories...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    METALLICA RULZ

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Have a nice ride

    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.

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