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Ride The Lightning

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Category: Speed/Thrash

Year: 1984

Label: Elektra

Catalog Number: 9 60396-2

Average Rating: 93 / 100 (10 ratings)

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Metallica Ride The Lightning Album Cover

James Hetfield vocals, guitar
Kirk Hammett guitar
Cliff Burton bass
Lars Ulrich drums
1.  Fight Fire with Fire  4:44
2.  Ride the Lightning  6:36
3.  For Whom the Bell Tolls  5:06
4.  Fade to Black  6:53
5.  Trapped Under Ice  4:02
6.  Escape  4:22
7.  Creeping Death  6:36
8.  The Call of Ktulu  8:55
Total Running Time:  47:14

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 26, 2004 at 10:24
This is where they started finding their sound IMHO. Heavy ass riffs, a pounding wall of sound. I saw 'em on this tour and they just fuckin' blew me away. For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade to Black (the ballad that wasn't really a ballad...), Creeping Death...fuck I love 'em all.

From: Richierocker Date: May 28, 2004 at 18:40
Pure animalistic energy withhtis one! Hammett shines especially one the Ride the Lightning and Trapped under Ice solos, he has a couple in here that kill big time. Again Hetfield comes up with some gems when it came to the riffs.

From: Chris Date: June 6, 2004 at 5:26
Fight Fire With Fire, Ride the Lightning, Trapped Under Ice, Creeping Death, so many classics on this CD! Not as good as Master of Puppets or And Justice For All IMO, but still rocks out loud!

From: Kenny Date: June 18, 2004 at 12:47
I love every single Metallica album, but this is Metallica's best album by far!

From: Shannon Date: June 19, 2004 at 23:56
This album is fuckin' great and CREEPING DEATH is one of my all-time favorite Metallica songs. [[[['BOOM!!!!']]]

From: Carpet-Muncher Date: July 2, 2004 at 5:48
This and MOP are defining moments in rock history. Utterley indispensible.

From: miguel tipacti Date: July 6, 2004 at 0:30
excellent thrash, good themes and a real incredible feeling.

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 21:57
Everything clicks here for the band. The production and lyrics have improved greatly. And the songs? Some of the best of the genre ever with 'Creeping Death', 'For Whom The Bell Towls', and 'Ride The Lightning'. A true classic. 10/10

From: fallen angel Date: August 8, 2004 at 20:27
fabuloso disco.creeping death ,for whom to bell tolls,fire ,ride..........en fin,para ke mas.lo mejor de metallica.

From: Steve Date: August 13, 2004 at 8:06
4 words... Ride the Lighning solo...

From: Richierocker Date: August 13, 2004 at 10:20
Steve! I couldnt agree with you more. Hammett fuckin rocks ! One of his best solos in my opinion.

From: Richierocker Date: August 21, 2004 at 12:00
Trapped Under Ice is one of the most underrated songs Metallica has ever written. Hetfield and Hammett shine temendously on this one.

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: August 28, 2004 at 23:23
One of their best albums. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

From: Steve Date: September 4, 2004 at 9:21
Does anyone here like Escape? That song rocks hell hard!! Thats an underated song also. And 'The Call of Ktulu' is one of my favoutrite instrumentals!

From: holy metal Date: September 5, 2004 at 4:40
Ride the lightning has the best song of speed/trash metal fight fire with fire these album is pure metal.

From: RATTLEHEAD Date: September 19, 2004 at 15:46
Metallica sucks without Dave Mustaine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: metalhead66 Date: September 30, 2004 at 15:45
This is Metallica's Best! Cool riffs,killer solo's!!! Got this we it came out in 84, Still brutal!!!

From: Jgg Date: October 20, 2004 at 9:37

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 7:37
My favourite metallica album. This was the album that got me interested in tharsh. Even though i like glam,that does not mean i don't listen to thrash(in fact i love thrash more than glam..should chane myname to thrash+glam fan). In my opinion,metallica's heavist album. Fade to black is one of thrash metal best songs while escape and creeping death are almost equally good and memorable. I love the instrumental call of ktulu too. James hetfied is the bomb,man! Ratings:10/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 14, 2005 at 9:15
Great Heavy/Thrash album, otro tremendo trabajo de Metallica, no tan veloz como el anterior pero con mucha mas fuerza ritmica con cortes Demoledores como Ride The Lightning, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death mis favoritos, que hacen de este otro clasico de clasicos. saludos del Ave Fenix.

From: Lennie Date: August 18, 2005 at 6:43
Not many mentions of 'Fade to Black' here?! One of the best Metallica songs and worth the purchase price alone!

From: mauricio Date: September 6, 2005 at 13:24
hi from COSTARICA,aqui tenemos su segundo mejor disco de esta banda que marco un gran pauta en su estilo llamado speed metal.con un sonido mas profesional y aun mejor,siendo grabado en dinamarca y con flemming rasmussen ,que mas se le puede pedir.como se nota la diferencia del sonido americano al escandinavo,y aqui todos los temas son largos pero geniales.superpoderosos un clasico para seguir teniendo en casa PLAY IT LOUD

From: Luis Duarte Date: September 22, 2005 at 6:53
This is my favourite Metallica album , with kill em all and master , i believe this was the best metallica period.And justice f.a and Black are also great , but not close to the genius in the first 3 albuns

From: juan carlos Date: December 13, 2006 at 16:20
Terrible disco, su tercer mejor disco en mi opinión. Bombástico comienzo con "Fight Fire With Fire" tremenda. LA 2 muy buena pero "For Whom The Bell Tolls" es memorable, clasicázo. "Fade to Black" uff de las mejores melódicas sacada por Metallica, todo un himno. "Creeping Death" arrrrghhh trallazo, temón. 9.5/10

From: pie75 Date: September 7, 2010 at 9:15
this hands down is the best metallica album ever i must admit i like megadeth better but this is the best that both those bands done this is the best thrash album there is fight fire with fire makes me want to hammer heads i love it! and ride the lightning for whom the bell tolls,trapped under ice,creeping death,call of ktulu even the underated escape but the best by far and their best song ever is the brilliant fade to black that song is a masterpeice plain and simple

From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 17, 2016 at 13:24
Cool follower after the band's first effort..."Creeping Death" is the classic cut in here(or has been)through the years...tracks 3,5 & 6 are also in my book of metal...86/100

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 17, 2016 at 23:19
Ride The Lightning is immediately leaps and bounds ahead of Kill 'Em All. Just try listening to them back to back, and there's no denying it. Viewed in the context of the time, James's tone alone is crushingly heavy--can you think of any other '84 release that had a sharper, more cutting guitar sound? His singing has come a long way in a short time as well, dropping the high-pitched yelp for the voice that would become his trademark. Lyrics are more advanced as well, reaching beyond the silly metal-is-the-message stuff like "Hit The Lights" and "Seek And Destroy." Still a couple Mustaine leftover riffs, and Kirk contributes parts of an Exodus song ("Impaler") that wouldn't see the light of day for twenty more years on "Trapped Under Ice." "Escape" is a half-hearted attempt at a commercial song, a distant ancestor to "Enter Sandman?" Even though Master Of Puppets is a slightly more compleete and consistent album, and advances the songwriting even further, Ride The Lightning was truly a

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 17, 2016 at 23:25
... groundbreaking record. It's become cool, even commonplace, to bash Metallica and minimize their impact, but no amount of revisioniist history can change the fact that this disc was far beyond anything else out there at the time. Yeah, maybe there wwere bands who played faster and were scarier, but this is the complete package right here, fully realized, while bands like Slayer and Celtic Frost were still developing their sound (and, by their own admission, learning how to play).

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