Ride the Lightning [CASSETTE] Import
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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.
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.Read more ›
At first glance although the track listing may appear small (8) there is still over 50 mins of epic rock with some songs such as "call of Ktulu" at around 8-9mins. In my oppinion this is probably the most consistant Metallica album though songs like Fight fire.." are not classics, but are neither fillers either.The true classics are "Ride the lightning","Whom the bell","Creeping Death" and "Call of Ktulu". However none of these songs (in my opinion) come anywhere near the masterpiece which is "Fade to Black"! A song with incredible rythm guitar, drums, lyrics....everything about this song is perfect and truely epic. An underated song when placed alongside "Master of Puppetz" for example, but this song is superb with an incredible guitar solo (one of my favourites) to end it all off (typical Metallica style). If you like your classic rock, and have chosen to steer well clear of new metal bands, than this album fits the bill perfectly. Because Slipknot just doesnt come anywhere near the drum and guitar genius of Metallica!!!
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