Metallica - Ride The Lightning


9.2 | 2919 votes |
Release date: 27 July 1984
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

Owners:

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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: 1

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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31.05.2012 - 22:20
Rating: 10
Neiluria

Posts: 119
From: France

Another major pillar of metallica ! It's crazy !
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03.08.2012 - 07:15
Rating: 10
RokBoks

Posts: 7
From: USA

Just a badass album that would pretty much set up thrash for the time. My favorite tracks: Fight Fire With Fire (favorite song of all time, Vader does a badass cover of it), Creeping Death, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
/5
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03.08.2012 - 07:48
Lit.
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The S & M version of For Whom The Bell Toll just ruined the original for me. Curse you, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Curse you to heck.
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03.08.2012 - 14:04
Rating: 9
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth

Posts: 2518
From: Czech Republic

Written by Guest on 03.08.2012 at 07:48

The S & M version of For Whom The Bell Toll just ruined the original for me. Curse you, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Curse you to heck.

You are saying it so as if you have no choice but listen to the S&M version... as for me, I love that concert. Many songs sound differ but in no case are they ruined, but to each his own.
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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03.08.2012 - 15:08
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

I have a hard time understanding how a version you don't like of a song can ruin the original one... You just... you know... Listen to the one you like and problem solved!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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05.08.2012 - 03:15
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist

Posts: 18929
From: Canada

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.08.2012 at 15:08
I have a hard time understanding how a version you don't like of a song can ruin the original one... You just... you know... Listen to the one you like and problem solved!

Because now when he listens to the original version he's reminded how poor it is compared to the other version. I think he's lamenting the fact that he used to enjoy the original version but in comparison to the orchestral edition it's bad.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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05.08.2012 - 18:22
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.08.2012 at 03:15
Because now when he listens to the original version he's reminded how poor it is compared to the other version.

I read it the other way around. That he finds he SM version so shitty even listening to the original one makes him feel bad.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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11.10.2012 - 04:35
Rating: 9
Dead Eternity

Posts: 407
From: Brazil

Almost perfect album... Escape is the only weak track here.
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24.11.2012 - 19:47
RattleSnake

Posts: 26
From: Slovak Republic

Best album .. for me ...
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08.12.2012 - 21:21
megadeath13
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This is their best album ever!
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20.02.2013 - 22:50
Rating: 10
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

Definitely one of their best achievements. Some of the songs on here are better (for me at least) than their MoP counterparts (Fight Fire With Fire > Battery for example).
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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21.02.2013 - 11:51
Rating: 9
Azarath

Posts: 647
From: Finland

Metallica's best album. Puppets has the better one-two punch opening ("Battery" / "Master of Puppets"), but Lightning does the rest (the slower heavier 3rd song, the ballad, the instrumental...) better.

And "Creeping Death" followed by "The Call of Ktulu" is a hell of a way to close an album.
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22.02.2013 - 00:54
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

I haven't listened to this in at least 2 or 3 years. I finally did today, and I forgot how killer it actually is.
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forever bummed out
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23.02.2013 - 01:43
Rating: 9
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Masterchief

Posts: 44945
From: Sweden

Seems this album is better producded(shood I saw was better producded? ) because music quality is better, all is better, and seems band still keep ''on old sound'' like in 1th one, but lil better quality
Songs are good all classics, metallica seems went to way 6-8min songs lil longer than standart thrash, my fav is from whoom the bell tolls, creeping death, light the lighting, and fight fire whit wire, now I start like fade to black. 1th metallica ''ballad'' I didnt like that song years ago
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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28.02.2013 - 18:37
Rating: 10
Aristarchos

Posts: 797
From: Sweden
Thrash is not one of my favourite genres, it is often too much only about aggression, but Metallica do it with so much variation, mix their thrash with slower parts, and add great melodies, so it's impossible to resist. My favourite thrash album.
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09.03.2013 - 01:05
Rating: 10
Maco

Posts: 1384
From: Peru

Their masterpiece.
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I'm derp.
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12.03.2013 - 10:00
Rating: 10
In Bone Factory

Posts: 360
From: Iran

Best Metal Album 4 Me \m/
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a hammerhead goobrian
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10.06.2013 - 17:18
Alpha

Posts: 5
From: Indonesia

Best Metallica album ever
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12.07.2013 - 04:25
Rating: 9
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse

Posts: 939
From: USA

I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I have no idea why this album isn't commonly spoken of as Metallica's best album like Master of Puppets is. Not a single damn song on this is boring--they range from pretty good to really great. I can't say the same for Master of Puppets, where the first two songs are masterpieces, the third is pretty good, and the rest are merely decent enough.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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04.08.2013 - 08:47
Rating: 10
MetalAce
The Eternal

Posts: 98
From: Iran

1984. . . year of metallica. . . I always listen to fade to black. . . cuz anyway I dont listen to others :| This and master of puppets, made the history of metal forever.
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08.09.2013 - 09:23
Rating: 10
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

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.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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15.11.2013 - 05:18
Lião
Account deleted
First four songs are very strong, especially from whom the bell tolls. Overally a very good album.
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16.11.2013 - 07:09
Rating: 10
salah mustain

Posts: 16
From: Morocco
Creeping Death is the best
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11.08.2014 - 17:48
Rating: 10
-Behnam-

Posts: 12
From: Iran

DIE.....DIE.....BY MY HAND ..... DIE....DIE.....
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23.09.2014 - 00:49
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

I forgot how good this actually is after all their... "contemporary" releases.


Fight Fire With Fire and Trapped Under Ice kick some serious ass.
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forever bummed out
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26.10.2014 - 22:30
Rating: 8
Toxik

Posts: 117
From: Portugal

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
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30.10.2014 - 23:59
Rating: 10
IronClawedAngel

Posts: 12
From: Denmark
Here it is. The best album ever made! And probably the only album where I can not find even the slightest moment of imperfection.
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31.10.2014 - 03:15
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman

Posts: 1164
From: Australia

I agree with Toxik, "Trapped Under Ice" is a bit weak and a rather improbably scenario anyway. Who gets trapped under ice?
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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31.10.2014 - 03:19
Rating: 7
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4417
From: USA

Creeping Death...is the one for me...
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25.11.2014 - 17:47
Rating: 10
Morteza K.

Posts: 26
From: Iran

This is the best album Metallica has done. Really great songs!
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