Metallica's breakout Ride the Lightning elevated
heaviness to previously unforeseen heights and established the group as
visionaries. Exploring death and mortality from myriad points of view – nuclear
war on "Fight Fire with Fire," on-field battle on "For Whom the
Bell Tolls," electric-chair execution on the title track, drowning on
"Trapped Under Ice", suicide on the classic "Fade to Black"
– the 1984 thrash masterwork retains a level of intelligence and mature
perspective that compliment the band's refined assault and toughened hooks.
Rapid-fire guitar riffs, roaring solos, James Hetfield's trademark vocal growl, drummer Lars Ulrich's sparse fills, and Cliff Burton's lead-guitar-style bass lines form an
impenetrable wall of sound, power, and strength.
1. Fight Fire With Fire
2. Ride The Lightning
3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
4. Fade To Black
5. Trapped Under Ice
7. Creeping Death
8. The Call of Ktulu