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Ride The Lightning
Ride The Lightning
Price: £10.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge achievement, 9 July 2007
This review is from: Ride The Lightning (Audio CD)
This album is just incredible! I Remember getting this cd for my birthday four years ago. I was simply blown away by the band's vision displayed here. Ride the Lightning marked a great change and step forward from the band's debut, Kill Em All. While that album was a seminal thrash classic, the ambition displayed here eclipsed the band's previous work by far. After the calm acoustic guitar intro on Fight Fire With Fire gives way to vicious thrash metal with lyrics horrifically describing nuclear armaggeddon, you can tell that youre in for a great album. This opening song alone does not show much change from the previous record. However, for the most part, Metallica slowed down the tempos slightly and increased the band's melodic side a bit. However, the album actually feels darker than their first record. This could be due to the lyrics which had also improved since Kill Em All. The lyrics include subjects like war, suicide and capital punishment, mostly having something to do with death. Yeah, that's probably why the album feels dark. These lyrics showed far more maturity than the more puerile ones found on kill Em All.
This album contains the classic anthems For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death and Ride The Lighting. However, the album's finest cut is the stunning Fade To Black, thge greatest metal ballad of all time. This song begins with a beautiful guitar melody and haunting lyrics about suicide. The song builds up to a hugely powerful climax with thrash riffs and a magnificent solo from Kirk Hammett. Kirk's playing also improved considerably for this release, as his solos here are just beautiful. This song is one of the best I've ever heard. Fade to Black alone is enough reason to buy this album but every song on the disc is great, with the possible exception of Escape which is fairly good but not awesome. Also worth special mention is the monstrous closing instrumental Call of Ktulu.
Overall, BUY THIS!!!!! The songs on this album are just amazing to listen to. More diverse, mature and emotional than Kill Em All, this is a must. Even the more straightforward thrash songs here are as good as anything on Kill EM All. It is one of Metallica's best and it is second only to Master of Puppets which is just a masterpiece.

Kill 'Em All
Kill 'Em All
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album SHREDS!!!!, 9 July 2007
This review is from: Kill 'Em All (Audio CD)
I know a lot of people right now hate Metallica because they "sold out" and have recently released several mediocre albums. I do not like much of their newer stuff although I am a huge fan of Metallica. However, few could disagree that back in the 80s, Metallica were untouchable. This album, their debut, proves why. Although they would go on to record several far better and more mature albums, Kill em all was a definitive album in the history of metal as it gave birth to thrash metal. God only knows how many bands were influenced by this classic.

On this album, Metallica displayed a new level of speed and intensity that had hardly been seen before in the musical world. The songs are filled with high-speed, crunching riffs and all have wild but melodic solos from lead guitarist Kirk Hammet. You can forget about filler, as each song is as fiery and intense as the next, except for Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) which is an incredible bass solo played by Cliff Burton (R.I.P). Therefore, picking highlights is difficult but I would say the Four Horsemen, Jump in the Fire, No Remorse and Seek and Destroy are the best songs. There may not be a huge amount of variation, but no one ever critisised Reign in Blood for that, and I think it adds to the album's impact.

Overall, kill em all is a classic metal release that any metalhead, and certainly any thrash fan should own.

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