Ride The Lightning (studio album) by Metallica

Ride The Lightning by Metallica
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 169th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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84/100 (from 1,285 votes)
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Ride The Lightning is ranked 2nd best out of 29 albums by Metallica on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Metallica is Master Of Puppets which is ranked number 103 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,778.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.8/100, a mean average of 82.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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From 03/13/2023 22:03
This record is just pure power and energy right from the start. Metallica never really give you any time to rest on their releases and that is very true on their two best records which is this album and Master Of Puppets. They just go from banger to banger on here with every song feeling unique and they all have a high level of quality to them. There is absolutely no filler on this record at all in my opinion. The instrumentation is just electric with the guitar work feeling like it is truly harnessing the power of lightning. It is tough to not get completely lost in the guitar on here as well with the closing track always managing to almost put me in a trance like state with how good it is. Then there is the drum work which is phenomenal and is some of the greatest I have heard on a thrash metal album. To add to this, there is the passion and emotion that drives these tracks that are so easily conveyed to the listener and I can't help but fall in love with their energy and power. You have to play this album loud to truly appreciate the masterpiece that is on display though and I can only imagine how mesmerising it would be to hear this live. This is especially true for For Whom The Bell Tolls as that just perfectly encapsulates their sound for me and is a stunning piece of music. Overall, this is peak Metallica with basically every song being elite which makes it their most consistent release and it feels like the album where they held nothing back and we are rewarded greatly because of that.
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From 11/19/2022 23:46
This album is the best heavy metal album since Paranoid by Black Sabbath and one of the best ever made. Every single song here is worth listen with catchy phrases to sing along and guitar playing that complements great lyrics so well. The best examples are For Whom The Bell Tolls which introduces you slowly into the batllefield and Fade To Black which shows falling into deep depression and lack of happy end here makes it even more hitting. I also really like every other track with honorable mentions of Ride The Lightning and Trapped Under Ice.
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From 07/02/2022 00:34
Excellent album. Fade to Black and Trapped Under Ice are great to listen to if you have any kind of mood or trauma disorder, and the title track and Creeping Death never fail to make me headbang.
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From 04/16/2022 09:04
The harder they rock...
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From 03/13/2022 16:25
Not my favorite type of music, but when I’m in the mood for something driving and heavy, I’m not sure there’s much better. For Whom The Bell Tolls is one of the greatest metal constructions ever.
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From 11/03/2021 08:34
Album Rating: 71.50

Side one

1. "Fight Fire with Fire" - 62
2. "Ride the Lightning" - 65
3. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - 79
4. "Fade to Black" - 95

Side two

5. "Trapped Under Ice" - 63
6. "Escape" - 66
7. "Creeping Death" - 71
8. "The Call of Ktulu" (instrumental) - 71
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From 07/01/2021 16:54
Not as consistent as Master of Puppets, but the final two tracks are golden.
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From 01/16/2021 03:32
VERY strong album, escape should have been omitted however. That would make the album almost flawless for me
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From 12/01/2020 11:53
I consider this to be their strongest album. Heavier than "Master of Puppets" and much more mature than "Kill 'em all", it combines the best of two worlds. Personally, I am not really into metal, but when I am in the mood, this is the stuff. Overall, 85/100.
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