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Ride The Lightning

Metallica Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrash classic 4 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
The best way to judge an album's quality is how good it sounds years after its release. This is harder for metal bands, as their music can sound dated, their lyrics cheesy and the whole thing, well, a bit naff.

Metallica, however, are not one of these bands. They were always the most intelligent of the thrash bands, with James Hetfield's lyrics examining dark, serious subject matter. ''Ride The Lightning'' is a perfect example of this cerebral approach, with tracks like the epic ''Creeping Death'' and the seminal ''For Whom The Bell Tolls'' showing challenging subect matter can be combined with thrash riffs, without dumbing down the latter.

This intelligence is also reflected in the musicianship, which is nothing short of exceptional. Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and the late, great, Cliff Burton are all superb, their talent and vision are evident throughout, notably on ''The Call Of Ktulu'', which, despite being an instrumental, looses none of its power or heaviness.

To pick a standout track is hard, not least in 2007, 23 years after its release, when many, if not all, of the songs are regarded as thrash classics. I believe ''Fade To Black'' deserves a special mention though: its emotive, yet powerful lyrics, great Hetfield vocals, and a stunning acoustic intro, matched only by the epic outro.

The contrast from the intimacy of the opening to the heaviness of the outro shows Metallica's true genius. Heavy, yet intelligent, matching outstanding musicianship with the ability to write great songs. The best compliment though, is that it still sounds fantastic today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality metal 18 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a gr8 album, it shows a more mature metallica and natural progression from the brutal debut kill em all. The songwriting is much improved as well. unlike the debut, this album has one fixed theme, which is "death". A recurring theme

for the next few albums. Each track has brilliant musicianship, and hetfeilds vocals are just feral, and inspired. hammetts solos are just BRILLIANT, hands down. i dont think he can ever top the soloing from this album. All in all, quality thrash metal, arguably the best one ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to Excite... Throughout! 7 July 2006
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
Featuring 8 tracks that display complex and powerful drums and riffs, played with extreme power and alarming efficiency and technicality. Approached and vocalised by deeply insightful doom inspired lyrics, the mood and intensity is of that which parades on high tension, fatal aggravation and existential stress.

The feel of the album is very serious. There is no space for comedy or light heartedness. The style is very certain and the passionate belief projected throughout its sound works to full efficiency!

The track arrangments are incredibly complex and the timing between the musicians is matched by the milisecond!

Although 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' is certain to generate appreciation, the stand out track on this album, 'Fade To Black', features a comtemplative intro, after which a perfectly played and recorded acoustic section that hits the heights of all possible comprehension. When the vocals kick in accompanied by the superb druming, proceeded with a graciously dealt riff it makes for a euphoric moment!

Every track projects quality, and the final instrumental track, although lacking in Vocals, is no exception.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album of all time. 19 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Metallica haven't, let's face it, released a classic album since 1991's Black Album (and some people don't even like that). But the fact remains that Metallica reached their creative peak with only their second album. It is debatable as to whether it has ever been equalled (i.e by Master Of Puppets or the Black Album) but it has certainly never been bettered, by Metallica or any other band.
As you may have noticed from the song titles, Ride The Lightning is all about death, in its various guises, with topics from the electric chair (the title track) through war (For Whom The Bell Tolls) to suicide (Fade To Black), amongst others. What really impresses me about Metallica on this album, apart from their musicianship (which is of course outrageously high), is the tact with which they handle the various sensitive issues, from the poignancy of Fade To Black to the desperation and horror of Trapped Under Ice.
Opening track Fight Fire With Fire is a fantastic slice of thrash, with a deceptively gentle build-up followed by a rip-roaring thrash riff, some rather morbid lyrics about Armageddon, and an excellent solo.
The title track is, again, an emotive thrash song which captures perfectly the dread of Death Row (or at least I expect so, having not recently been on Death Row myself), and the lyrics also give Metallica's thoughts on the injustice of capital punishment. The solo found later on in the song is eardrum-burstingly good, and the pounding thrash riff keeps up the sinister tempo throughout.
For Whom The Bell Tolls is one of the true Metallica classics, and one of their most crowd-pleasing numbers in concert.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Follow-Up 2 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ride The Lightning is one hell of an album. Not as 'thrashy' sounding as their debut Kill 'Em All, but the writing (lyrics and music) is better than before, showing 'tallica were improving as musicians. This album was also themed in a way - all the songs are about ways of dying.
Fight Fire With Fire - Nuclear War
Ride The Lightning - Electrocution
For Whom The Bell Tolls - On the battlefield
Fade To Black - Suicide
Trapped Under Ice - Drowning
Escape - Difficult to explain, listen and make your mind up about it
Creeping Death - Murder
All these songs are classics with great big crunchy guitar riffs, thick, heavy drumming, powerful bass, and to top it off great lyrics. My favourite songs are the very cool title track Ride The Lightning, the epic (and best on the album) Fade To Black, the thrashy Creeping Death and the beautifully pieced Call of Ktulu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For whom the bell tolls!
A must have album for any metallica fans!
Published 13 days ago by J T Larko
5.0 out of 5 stars Does this album really need any more reviews?
I think it's been reviewed so many times over the years, that nothing I can say here will be new or original in any way.
Published 28 days ago by Krzysztof Kucybala
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica - Ride the Lightning
One of the mandatory albuns for any Metallica Fan. The old and true sound that makes me going to the pass.
Published 1 month ago by Pedro Tavares
5.0 out of 5 stars Album is great, oackaging is not!
Album is great, but to send three CD's in a flimsy jiffy bag from Germany can only result in one thing - broken CD cases! All three were smashed to bits on arrival. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Paul Kenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Probably one of metallicas best albums to date. For whom the bell tolls is just one of those tracks you can't help but listen to over and over again not to mention fade to black.
Published 1 month ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride the Lightning (45 RPM Series) [Vinyl]
fantastic album, great band and sounds great, love this new vinyl, great weight and good sound quality. I recommend them
Published 1 month ago by Angelo
1.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl? why? wheres the downloads?
Been waiting years for this monster classic album to be remastered and what do we get? a vinyl release! guys - its not the 80's anymore! Read more
Published 8 months ago by the lone voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Metallica
This album is from the good old days of Metallica, before they realised how huge they were. Brilliant thrash-metal, significantly harder than their newer stuff. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
5.0 out of 5 stars a hedonistic mix of metal and melody
Not as gritty and raw as their first album, but far more powerful - it is a hedonistic mix of metal and melody. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R D Milligan
5.0 out of 5 stars An album so classic it's immortal
This might be my favourite metal album of all time.

I remember obtaining it on cassette many years ago, back in my teenage years when I was first getting into heavy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Plaguebearer
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