Sound — 10
Even twenty years after it's release, "Ride the Lightning" is still truly incredibe and awe inspiring. Whether it's Hammett's intensly fast (not to mention freakin' awesome) solos, Hetfield's equally intense rhythm guitar and piercing lyrics, Burton's masterful bass, or Ulrich's drum beat, there's something in every track that makes it great, if not revolutionary. I personally have spent hours completely engulfed in this album. It's..just..AWESOME!
Lyrics — 10
As if there was not enough already revolutionary about this album from an instrumental standpoint, Hetfield delivers raw, emotional lyrics, making this album EVEN better. From the suicide ballad, "Fade to Black," to "Trapped Under Ice," Hetfield delivers devestating performance after devestating performance, which few have paralelled.
Overall Impression — 10
"Ride the Lightning" was my formal introduction to heavy metal. Boy, did it get me hooked. It is hard to pick a favorite song; they're all phenominal. However, "Fade to Black" takes the top honors. Going from a tranquil acoustic line to pounding electric guitars, it is seven minutes of classic heavy metal. This album is simply great. Those new to metal, check this out. Every rocker should have this CD in their collection. As revolutionary as this was twenty years ago, it's still that damn good today.