Sound — 10
Metallica's sophomore album. This is a little heavier than Kill Em All, their first album. On track 1, "Fight Fire With Fire", there was a cool trick intro in the beginning that sounded like some sort of mediaval instrument, then it bursts into thrash. The title track "Ride The Lightning" was great, especially the solo. For the first time in their history, they had a song with acoustic and softer elements, "Fade To Black". The single is "Creeping Death", but I thought "Fade To Black" should have been the single. Solos were very clear in this album. Hetfield sounded more detailed than in Kill, too. The bassist Cliff Burton also co-wrote most of the songs, and half the album (8 tracks) is written by every bandmember (some of songs Mustaine [Megadeth] wrote as lead guitarist, though), so they express the full heart of Metallica, and are great, memorable songs.
Lyrics — 10
Hetfield made more original lyrics. Every set of lyrics can actually fit in the rhythms.
1. "Fight Fire With Fire" had that trick intro. The song is about the apocalypse being near.
2. "Ride The Lightning" the title track, a really heavy song. That electrically burning solo fits the title.
3. "For Whom The Bell Tolls" has a bell as a sound effect and sometimes a rhythm. Cool song.
4. "Fade To Black" features an acoustic and a cool intro solo. 2/3 of the verses are during the acoustic sequence. After each of the 2 verses, there is a really heavy riff. A new rhythm picks up just in time for the 3rd verse, and it is the coolest thing ever.
5. "Trapped Under Ice" is a 4-minute thrash track. Obviously, the topic is about being trapped under ice.
6. "Escape" a track about deciding for yourself, not your dictators. You just got to hear the intro riff! They should have used it throughout the song as rhythm!
7. "Creeping Death" talks about the plague Moses unleashed to kill the firstborn pharaoh son, so he can free the Hebrew slaves. If you don't understand, study it from the Bible or something.
8. "The Call Of Ktulu" is an 8:52 instrumental, and the guitars do all the talking, but it is worth it.
Overall Impression — 10
Good Cd. Great CD. Friggin' Awesome CD! Pay attention to the tracks: all of them! You got to try and preserve this album as best as you can. It is worth it. There is nothing I hate about this album and you shouldn't. This is Real Metallica! Go get this CD now.