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One of Metallica’s best ever
I have been listening this album the better part of the last 20 years. It is a classic in the thrash/speed metal genre. If you know this genre than you know that Metaliica always had their own style and could not be imitated. No other band in that genre ever came close to the originality of Metallica. Metallica did their own thing and never compromised or listened to anyone else. They made it the way they wanted it. It was just the nature of James. Not sure if this is still true I think they still do their own thing. I really do not care for the newer stuff but some bands evolve beyond what they originally were. I still have total respect for them even though I like to complain about the new stuff.
Okay every song on here is a classic and “Fade to Black” always moved me in a way no other song has. It is not a pretty song but it is raw and adulterated and just pure emotional genuis. The song is beautiful song and goes beyond thrash/speed metal into different territory a place Metallica has visited on many albums. I guess in a way these are sort of metal ballads that are much more darker than the ballads of the typical hair glam metal bands of the eighties. It is similiar in that eveyone gets out theirs lighters when they play it live.
I would say standout songs are also “Ride the Lightning”, “Creeping Death”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, and “The Call of Ktulu” (an ode to the famous horror master HP Lovecraft). This was to be the first reference to Cliff Burton’s love of this author with Master of Puppets’s “The Thing that should not be” being the second.
Classic Metal that any metal fan most likely already owns. If you are a true metalhead that is.
The Blue Print for Future Albums
When it comes down to it, Ride the Lightning is, beginning to end, one of Metallica’s best recorded endeavors. If there is such thing as a near perfect metal album, this is pretty close to it.