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 (1,750 votes)
Metallica: Ride the Lightning

Sound — 10
Ride the Lightning was Metallica's second album. When people compared it to the debut (Kill Em' All) they noticed two things. Metallica have matured in songwriting, and it sounds better. This album is probably one of the best sounding (if not the best) Metallica albums ever made. Even with all the thrash riffs and hard core soloing, this album is very clean. The majority of the album is distortion, but there is Fade To Black, a great ballad, and an instrumenatal piece that move slower before picking up the pace. I love the whole album's sound. It's fantastic (especially for a second album at thier age).

Lyrics — 10
Out of all the albums, (about 11) this is either the second best lyrics-wise. James Hetfield (singer/rythym guitarist) writes the words very well in different styles. One song (Ride the Lightning) is a narrative told through the eyes of a man waiting to die in an electric chair. It makes you think and fits perfectly. Another song (Creeping Death) tells a biblical story of Moses, the Hebrew plagues, and the Angel of Death. Out of the eight songs, there is one instrumental song, and the album's ballad (Fade To Black) has some of the greatest lyrics Metallica has ever recorded.

Overall Impression — 10
This is one of my favorite albums, period! I love Metallica and this was FAR better than I could have expected for thier yound second album. The best songs (which I like them all) would be the Title Track, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, and Creeping Death, but this is an album I always enjoy listening to all the way from start to finish. Do whatever you can to get this album in your collection if you are a fan of rock, metal, thrash, Metallica, or just good music. I give Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" a perfect score.

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    ummm... i don't know if anyone else got it but trapped under ice is a metaphor of being addicted or trapped in life, or just about life in general, c'mon who actually lives a perfect life? When you lied down to sleep there's always that one imperfection that brings you down and it feels like your "trapped under ice". Just another reason why this album rocks and helps us all get through our day. oh yeah, escape isn't that good of a song, and if you don't like fight fire with fire you are an emo fag that doesn't know metal.
    Escape was actually the half-hearted attempt at radio play, just to let ya'll know.
    steveCFH wrote: Each reviewer copyed the person before them.
    Mine was original. And 'copyed' is spelled 'copied'.
    slayerkills wrote: Escape was actually the half-hearted attempt at radio play, just to let ya'll know.
    Escape is an awesome song. If you can do better than do so.
    Frankie Sparks
    HELL YEA. Not one of my personal favorites, but its a really good song. My favorite song on that album is, of course, Ride The Lightning. Favorite song of all time, as a matter of fact. CREEPING DEATH IS KILLER!!! I guess I'd have to say that my favorite is a tie between Creeping Death and Ride The Lightning. I can do both the solos, only been playing a year and a half . 12 out of 10 for this album. Peace!
    They owe some of the credit to Dave mustaine because he wrote ride the lightning and the Call of Ktulu.
    \m/ slayer \m/ wrote: mustaine wasnt in metallica but he had already written songs before he left (in regards to Tedward)
    Mustaine was the original guitarist in metallica! he was fired due to his drinkng problem.