Ride the Lightning review by Metallica

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1984
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.6 (1,748 votes)
Metallica: Ride the Lightning
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Sound — 10
Around 1984, we have pretty much glam rock on the mainstream and few good bands on the undreground, but this album sound different, it's a huge step from Kill'Em All, it's the perfect combination of speed, heaviness and melodic sounds, altough it's only 48 minutes long and have only 8 tracks. RTL was one of the most innovating albums of the '80s. The style of the album it's very simple, a raw of great guitar riffs at high speed, awesome dual guitar solos, extreme Basslines charged with heavy effects and distorsion, and one set of drumms, pumping the songs to the edge.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics was the minor point of this album, but still the lyrics have a great impact on the world, you can hear from the nuclear holocaust (FFWF), to biblical stories (CD), without leaving behind the polemic of the capital punishment to inocent people (RTL), the suicide lament (FTB), drug adiction problems (TUI); typical rebel yells (Escape) and some war book influences (FWTBT). James Hetfield, wasn't as talented as the NWOHM singers, so he developed a harsh vocal, that until the end of the decade was unique and powerfull, and even today, it can't be imitated.

Overall Impression — 10
Never was an album so perfect, since the golden age of Rush and Deep Purple. Without a doubt Metallica became a legend since this album. Not even one song is weak, even the most simple (Escape) have a difficulty grade that only Metallica can play with such perfection. Good thing about the album: it's the only Metallica studio album, produced by them, also you can hear songs written by Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, L. Ulrich and J. Hetfield in one package. Bad Thing: It's overshadowed by Master Of Puppets. If you wanna have one of the greatest contemporain music masterpieces, you must have this album.

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