Album : metallica - Ride the lightning (1984)

Metallica - "Ride the lightning"
- Released: 1984
- Produced by: Metallica

Album : metallica - Ride the lightning (1984)

Album : metallica - Ride the lightning (1984)

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Studio album by Metallica
Released August 1984
Recorded September - July 1984 at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Thrash metal
Length 47:28
Label Megaforce
Producer Metallica

Ride the Lightning is American thrash metal band Metallica's second album, released in August 1984 on Elektra Records.

Impact and Acclaim

Ride the Lightning is 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, pushing the thrash metal of the debut into progressive territory more fully-realized on Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All.

Ride the Lightning retains the speed of Kill 'Em All on songs like "Trapped Under Ice" and "Fight Fire with Fire", but also contains the first of Metallica's longer, more symphonically arranged tracks, such as "Fade to Black" and the nearly 9-minute closing instrumental "The Call of Ktulu".

Ride the Lightning is considered the first of the "unofficial trilogy" of Metallica albums that show obvious similarities in concept. The "trilogy" is considered instrumental in making metal more serious and focused on real issues, and are Metallica's most respected works.

Ride the Lightning was listed at number 3 in a list compiled by of a list of the Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time and number 5 by IGN Music on the Top 25 Metal Albums.

Track listing

1. "Fight Fire with Fire" (James Hetfield, Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich) – 4:44
2. "Ride the Lightning" (Dave Mustaine, Hetfield, Burton, Ulrich) – 6:36
3. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (Hetfield, Burton, Ulrich) – 5:10
4. "Fade to Black" (Kirk Hammett, Hetfield, Burton, Ulrich) – 6:56
5. "Trapped Under Ice" (Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) – 4:03
6. "Escape" (Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) – 4:23
7. "Creeping Death" (Hammett, Hetfield, Burton, Ulrich) – 6:36
8. "The Call of Ktulu" (Mustaine, Hetfield, Burton, Ulrich) – 8:52

This was the final album to feature songs co-written by Dave Mustaine (who was kicked out of the band prior to the recording of Kill 'Em All.)


* James Hetfield – rhythm guitar, vocals
* Lars Ulrich – drums
* Kirk Hammett – lead guitar
* Cliff Burton – bass guitar
* Dave Mustaine – lead Guitar (composition), credits on "Ride the Lightning" and "The Call of Ktulu"


"Fade to Black" was released as a promo single in 1984.

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" was released as a promo single, with two versions of the song, an edited version on side A, and the album version on side B.

The flipside to "Creeping Death" was the original "Garage Days Revisited", featuring "Am I Evil?" (Diamond Head) and "Blitzkrieg" (Blitzkrieg).