Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more

Customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
169
Ride The Lightning
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£10.52+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime


on 21 June 2016
Without doubt, the most productive 'remaster' I have ever heard! With most RM's you think, yeh, that sounds better. But this has taken a classic album from the early 80's and totally transformed it into what sounds like a brand new album. Not only has the production been taken to a whole new level, but the increase in volume has to be heard to be believed!! Absolute genius sound engineering!! Exactly the same applies to Kill 'Em All by the way. PLEASE give the same treatment to 'Justice' and 'Puppets'!!
0Comment| 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 10 April 2016
Only one weak track on this album being 'Escape', the rest of the album showed a maturity of a band beyond their years, to think they were all about 21 when this album was released! It's easy to say now more than 30 years after its release but the rest of the metal fraternity must have been looking over its shoulder when songs such as Creeping Death, For whom the bell tolls, Fade to Black, the title track, Fight Fire with Fire etc started pounding out of the speakers. The energy, intensity, technicality and mood this album captured (the band would later perfect this on Master of Puppets) is something to behold. Those who have heard the tracks live will also know their value in the Metallica catalogue of hits, indeed in many ways the above mentioned tracks have some values that songs on Puppets didn't. An album worthy of the 'classic' grade, and an album that took metal to a new level where Metallica would lead until heavy days of Pantera's peak in the mid 90's.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 4 June 2015
A very serious contender for the best album ever. 8 songs - Not a huge amount but every song is absolutely quality.
Fight fire with fire - Lovely soft intro and super fast with an ace guitar solo.
Ride the lightning - Slow quick slow quick slow and an incredible guitar solo to make this the best song.
From whom the bell tolls - Best intro ever and a heavy crunching epic slower song. Love the singing on this one.
Fade to black - A very solemn intro and tearful song about suicide. Ends more upbeat but a bit of a tear jerker.
Trapped under ice - Very fast and great solos. Unrelenting. Very upbeat.
Escape - A slower song but has a great chorus.Probably the weakest song but still very good.
Creeping death - Speeding up again and chugging along at a great pace. Another ace solo and lovely breakdown and very strong vocals. Stadium classic.
Call of kthulu - Amazing intro which builds up and pure music no vocals. Actually very dramatic song.
Wow this is just brilliant and
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 9 October 2012
RIDE THE LIGHTENING, Metallica's second album, is notable for its musical direction, combining thrash metal with more symphonic, and much more complex, songwriting than previously seen in metal music.

When Metallica recorded their debut, Kill 'Em All, the record was brutal, fast, and noholds barred. The music barrels ahead, and there isn't nearly as many different instrumental subtetlies and flourishes that Metallica would later use to adorn their music with. Instead, the focus was to play the music as loud, and as fast, as humanly possible. They sounded rather like their contemporaries in drawing from the same overall musical milieu. A lot of bands from NWOBHM ("New Wave of British Heavy Metal") were covering a lot of the same territory, such as Black Sabbath, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Venom, Motorhead, early Def Leppard (think On Through the Night, their 1980 album, not their hair metal stuff), Saxon and other bands considered part of that movement..

Beginning with this record, and culminating in ... AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, Metallica changed their approach. Still retaining the aggression and attitude of punk, mixed with the loud, bone-crunching amalgamation heavy metal sound popularized the major bands of NWOBHM then put in progressive songwriting that owes as much to classical music as pop or rock or traditional heavy metal, and you have a good idea of what RIDE THE LIGTHENING, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice For All sounds like. Those three records are what I call their progressive metal trilogy; with each album their song writing got more complex and more symphonic.

As much as I like KILL `EM ALL, this is the album in which Metallica really comes into their own. While KILL `EM ALL has some very strong songwriting, they don't display the same complexity and melodic integrity as they do on this record.All over we see Metallica opening their sound up.

"Fire with Fire": The soft intro to "Battery" from MASTER feels like a nod to the great acoustic intro to the opening track, "Fire for Fire". After the mellow intro, the band kicks the song into high gear. This shift is clear evidence the band is mastering different dynamics and integrating shifting tempos into a coherent song structure, and they're not just brutally fast like KILL `EM ALL.

"Ride the Lightening" is one of Metallica's more epic compositions. Lyrically the song sets up themes of being powerless in a hostile situation, a theme Hetfield would often return too.

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" deals with the futility of war, another theme the and would revisit on both MASTER and JUSTICE, and is titled after the Earnest Hemingway novel. One of the band's more famous early songs. The intro is pretty long, at over two minutes before Hetfield starts singing.

"Fade to Black" is notable as it is the first ballad ever commercially released by the band. [Just because they were labeled sell outs during the load era doesn't mean it diddn't happen fore then.] Those people who hate LOAD and RELOAD should take note that accusations that Metallica sold out first surfaced with this very song, due to how much of a departure this was for the band's clearly established sound. Now, however, most fans and critics, as well as the band itself, considered this one of Metallica's great songs. The song is very much a study in dynamics, and while it is primarily a slower ballad, Metallica works in some heavy passages in the song as well. The song deals mainly with death, and is considered a "suicide classic". This is one of Metallica's most important songs, as it showed the band's fan base there was a lot more to the band than just mind numbingly fast thrash.

"Trapped Under Ice" has some killer chorus work and interesting lyrics. Musically it's very solid as well. The song has some absolutely intense guitar work. Probably the second weakest song though, next to "Escape." Metallica has only performed the song four times live.

"Escape" is one of the few songs the band has never played live. Written as filler because they didn't have enough songs for the album, the band has pretty much disavowed the song. While I don't know why the band hates it that much, it is true that this is easily the weakest song on the entire album, though not necessarily bad par se. It's just the other songs are that good.

"Creeping Death", written from the point of view of the angel of death coming to kill all the first born in Egypt, remains one of the band's principal early epics, and is still one of their most frequently played songs. Drawing their inspiration from the movie THE TEND COMMANDMENTS, Cliff Burton made the observation that the plague of the first born was like creeping death, and the band wanted to use it for a title they liked it so much. One of the band's most famous of their early songs, this one's an undeniable thrash classic.

And last, but definitely not least, is "The Call of Ktula". The second instrumental released by the band (after Anethestia, Pulling Teeth from KILL `EM ALL), this is the last song primarily written by David Mustaine of Megadeath fame that Metallica would record. Originally entitled "When Hell Freezes Over", Cliff Burton had the song renamed, because he was a H. P. Lovecraft fan and was referencing THE CALL OF CTHULHU. Megadeath actually uses the chords for their song "Hanger 18". Discounting the two covers "Tuesday's Gone" and "Mercyful Fate" it's the band's fourth longest recording, and the longest song on RIDE THE LIGHTENING. For my money, this is one of my favorite Metallica songs, and when I really started listening to this album in the late 1990s, this was the song I would play over and over. It's much better than MASTER's instrumental "Orion". Absolutely brilliant, even if Mustaine did write it.

Overall, this is the album that would set Metallica on the artistic path they would follow for the rest of the 1980s. This is the album they became truly progressive. If it weren't for "Escape", this could arguably be one of their top albums; as it stands, this is still one of Metallica's best records, just only slightly flawed for the inclusion of "Escape". And it's important that while hair metal and spandex were giving metal a bad name, bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden were still keeping the hardcore music close to its roots. Hair metal and glam/pop is rather dated. It's too Metallica's credit that their albums stand up as well as they do and aren't dated at all, given they were, recorded in that same era of Def Leppard, Poison (damn Brett Michaels), Ratt, Slaughter, Warrant, Stryper, Europe, Journey, and other rather ridiculous bands were doing commercial hair metal and power ballads.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 27 September 2013
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 metal. Years later and with all my cassettes long since thrown away, I bought it again on CD.

This, along with Reign in Blood by Slayer, are in my opinion the two Thrash Metal albums to own if you only ever have two Thrash albums.

Many view Master of Puppets as the best Metallica album. But I like Ride the Lightning better. It's more raw and true to the Thrash roots of the band but its got all the darkness, skilled musicianship, progressive tendencies and interesting lyrics you expect from classic Metallica.

Master of Puppets even copies Ride the Lightning a bit in its structure (first song - a fast thrasher with an acoustic intro, second song - the title track, 3rd song - slow but heavy, 4th song - thrash 'ballad', 4 other songs with an epic instrumental near the end). MOP might have been more progressive (which is not necessarily a good thing) but surely the similar album structure makes Ride the Lightning seem more like the genuine article than its follow up.

Whatever, I'm not really going to quibble over which album is best. But I prefer Ride the Lightning. For Whom the Bell Tolls and Creeping Death are true metal classics and very enjoyable tunes. Ride the Lightning and Fight Fire with Fire always thrill me. Fade to Black is genuinely moving. And Call of Ktulu is the best metal instrumental ever, exciting and dramatic, an epic beast of a track that always feels like a sonic orgasm to me (yes I love this track!)

As for the two weaker tracks on the album. Trapped Under Ice is I believe an overlooked gem of a track, and escape may be a bit of a cheesy throwaway track but it's still fun and certainly not naff.

This is truly a classic Metallica album and a classic metal album. I never get bored of listening to it.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 9 July 2007
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.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 9 June 2010
This 2nd Metallica album is their best. Its still Thrash but the riffs and arrangements are more intricate, the lyrics are more intelligent and biting, there's more of a dynamic to the music and James Hetfield's growl is meaner. There are 3 stand out tracks: For Whom The Bell Tolls with its high note fuzzed bass riff and tolling bell, ballad and song of 2 halves Fade To Black, and the riff-tastic set opener Creeping Death, all Egyptology & mummification. Most other tracks explore death and dying again from a lyrical perspective, with the title track perhaps unsurprisingly devoting itself to electrocution. Yum.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 30 July 2005
Metallica's fantastic second album, which builds on the "thrash" template set out by their legendary "Kill 'em All" debut, but also adds the dark atmospherics of the thriving British Heavy Metal scene (a huge influence on drummer Lars Ulrich), showcased brilliantly in James Hetfield's dark, brooding lyrics, particularly on "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Fade To Black", "Trapped Under Ice", and "Creeping Death".
More than twenty years after it's release, several of the tracks here are still highlights of the Metallica live set. Another thing to note about "Ride The Lightning" is that it doesn't sound a million miles away from the current wave of new American heavy/thrash metal groups, such as Trivium, Chimaira, and Killswitch Engage. As many of these groups would have grown up with this album, it emphasises just what an influence it would have had on these young headbangers. If you are a fan of these bands and would like to see what encouraged them to pick up a guitar, this album is an ideal starting point.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 31 August 2008
This is my personal favourite. One of the most important albums in Metal, a standard upon which it's peers were measured, and has influenced more modern metal bands that I can list here. The fact that it was a second effort froma bunch of kids barely out of their teens only cements the genius that is this album. There are 8 out and out classics on this album - or put another way the ENTIRE album. From the genre defining opening of 'Fight Fire With Fire' with it's classical guitar opening, right into all out metal fury, the pace does not let up through title track to 'Creeping Death'. Only when you get to 'Fade to Black' does the pace change, but what a change. Melodic and beautiful, 'Fade to Black' could have easily been a complete ballad, but the fact is it launches into a full throated metal chorus only elevates the song beyond the Thrash label. This was the song that transcended Metal into something else, and has proven very difficult for other bands to imitate (only Pantera I think ever came close). Again, remember that Metallica's members were only just into their 20's! How many bands these days write such a stunning follow up so early in their careers? Even the instrumental 'The Call of Ktulu' is an operatic experiment in fusing clasical with metal. Truly one of the best albums ever written.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 4 February 2004
It's hard to imagine when you read all the criticisms people write about Metallica's last few offerings that anybody could insult a band THIS good. Unfortunately, Metallica haven't kept up the same level of quality in their albums that they were creating in the 80's. In my opinion, this is Metallica's greatest moment, their truly great album. Although it is not as epic as the also amazing Master of Puppets, or as down and out brutal as their debut Kill 'Em All, but unlike those two this album does not have a single bad track.
The albums opens with 'Fight Fire With Fire', a suitabley titled ripper of an opening song which punishes you with a riff and a half after it's subdued opening melody. The title track offers more of the same, with another classic riff that goes largely ignored by the Metallica faithful. From here we get to 'For Whom the Bell Toll's', which any Metallica fan should know. It's the first really huge track on the album, and doesn't disapoint with it's crunching riff and poignant lyircs. The same applies to 'Fade to Black' which set the blueprint for every Metallica ballard that would follow. 'Trapped Under Ice' and 'Escape' are both great songs in the same vein as the first two, but it's the last two songs which really make this album stand out.
'Creeping Death' is, in my humble opinion, Metallica's greatest song. It tears into straight away with a killer opener which is quickly followed by an almighty riff that batters away at you for six and a half minutes! The Call of the Ktulu is incredible too, but for the best recording of it you'd be better off buying S&M which has the song accompanied by the full orchestra. Still, this is rousing stuff and a fitting closing song to an incredible album.
If you like your songs fast and heavy, but with intelligent and well written lyrics then this album is definately for you. For everyone who wonders why Metallica are given so much praise, then buy this and find out.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)