Sound — 10
This album had lightning fast solos and thundering riffs that go along with the title "Ride The Lightning" This was one of Metallica's greats.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrical imagery of Ride the Lightning covered topics of war, insanity, depression and death ("Fade To Black", "Trapped Under Ice") and even biblical historical narritive ("Creeping Death"). The vocals are much better than "Kill 'Em All", Metallica's first album, and is a natural step forward from "Kill 'Em All."
Overall Impression — 9
01. Fight Fire With Fire - the song starts out with a muted lute sound tricking the listener but also creating a feeling of peace when it whips you into a quick thrash riff that crushes the feeling of peace and the solo gives you a feeling of distress. A good way to start an album. 02. Ride The Lightning - the album title song, this song starts out with an awsome bass line that makes me thing of lightning and the drum as thunder, the lyrics are very well done, they are about a man who is on death row and about to be put to the electric chair. The solo is lightning fast and goes well with the song title. One of the greats. 03. For Whom The Bell Tolls - the lyrics are about war and they are good ("For whom the bell tolls, time marches on"). It opens with a great bass line and then Kirk play a fast muted lead and then goes into a heavy riff. Then an awesome guitar line played by James and it gets better when Kirk joins in but the only thing that bothered me is where is the solo? 04. Fade To Black - it opens with an acoustic line and then an intro solo played by Kirk. Then acoustic and electric guitars were composed well. The solo is fast and rhythmical and it fades out. The song is about depression and the lyrics are great. 05. Trapped Under Ice - a thrasher song that was very well done. It has three fast solos that are awesome, I always headbang to this song. The lyrics are about being trapped under ice and death. Brilliant. 06. Escape - this song was kind of a let down. It begins with a good metal riff and then goes into a less better riff. It's about living life and great lyrics. It could have been better if that intro riff was played throughout the song. The solo was good but still it could have been better. 07. Creeping Death - a great song about a plague that kills the first born man. A thrash song that goes into a memorable riff when back up vocals sing "Die Die Die" over and over again. One of Hetfield's greatest vocals. The solo is quick with sixteenth notes and the occasional slide and then it goes into sweep picking and then picks up more speed. It ends with pull offs and bends into a slide down the neck. A great f--king song! 08. The Call Of Ktulu - a song based on HP Lovecraft's "The Call Of Chultu." The instrumental and very eerie sounded but very good. It starts out with fingerpicking then leads into an arpeggio. Kirk uses a volume pedal to add to the eerieness. Then it becomes harder as the arpeggios are distored and palm muted. And then into power chords that are good. The solo also has that eerie sound and is great. A good way to end the album.