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Metallica – Ride The Lighting

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This album exhibits staggering musical growth and boldly charting new directions that would affect heavy metal for years to come. Metallica is aggressively expanding their compositional technique and range of expression. Every track tries something new, and every musical experiment succeeds mightily. The lyrics push into new territory as well – more personal, more socially conscious, less metal posturing. Ride The Lightning if often hailed by fans as a classic of the thrash metal genre, and a vital bridge between the band’s albums Kill ‘Em All and Master of Puppets.

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Ride the Lightning received widespread acclaim from music critics. According to Q magazine, the album confirmed Metallica’s status as the leading heavy metal band of the modern era. The magazine credited the group for redefining the norms of thrash metal with “Fade to Black”, the genre’s first power ballad. British rock magazine Kerrang! stated that the album’s maturity and musical intelligence helped Metallica expand heavy metal’s boundaries. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune described Ride the Lightning as a more refined extension of the group’s debut. In a retrospective review, Sputnikmusic’s Channing Freeman named it as one of the few albums that can be charming and powerful at the same time. He praised Hetfield’s vocal performance and concluded that Metallica was “firing on all cylinders”.

AllMusic’s Steve Huey saw the album as a more ambitious and remarkable effort than Kill ‘Em All. He called Ride the Lightning an “all-time metal classic” because of the band’s rich musical imagination and lyrics that avoided heavy metal cliches. The Rolling Stone Album Guide viewed the album as a great step forward for the band and as an album that established the concept for Metallica’s following two records. Colin Larkin, writing in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, singled out “For Whom the Bell Tolls” as an example of Metallica’s growing music potential.[38] Popoff regards Ride the Lightning as an album where “extreme metal became art”. “This literally was the first album since (Judas Priest 1976’s) Sad Wings of Destiny where the rulebook has changed. This was a new kind of heaviness; the soft, billowy but explosive production was amazing, the speed was superhuman”, stated Popoff. Reviewing the 2016 reissue, Jason Anderson of Uncut considers Ride the Lightning the second best Metallica album which set the pace for metal in the years to come.


1. Fight Fire With Fire
2. Ride The Lightning
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
4. Fade To Black
1. Trapped Under Ice
2. Escape
3. Creeping Death
4. The Call Of Ktulu


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm