Thursday, July 30, 2009
25 Years Ago Today: Metallica releases "Ride the Lightning"...
'Ride the Lightning' is the second album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 30, 1984 by Megaforce Records and re-released by Elektra Records on November 19, 1984. 'Ride the Lightning' has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.
'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' was listed at #3 on a list compiled by metal-rules.com of the Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time and #5 by IGN Music on the Top 25 Metal Albums.
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