match their blockbuster debut album? They damn sure did and arguably topped it. This album kicks ass and has sold over 5 million copies in the USA alOne. They knew that they had to switch up their musical patterns, so that their music wouldn't sound boring or repetitive. So they had Kirk
Hammett and Cliff Burton help them to diversify their song writing. With this album, they had 4 equally contributing members to help with the song writing. Although Dave Mustaine(Megadeth
) has been credited with some of the song writing on 2 of these songs(Ride the Lightning
and The Call Of Ktulu
The album art depicts an electric chair with bolts of lightning hitting it. The electric chair was an older way of executing murderers. Now days, they administer a lethal injection.
starts off with an innocent sounding acoustic lead, this was supposed to portray the calm and peaceful day in Hiroshima, before that city was nuked. Then suddenly the song explodes into One of the most intense thrash metal songs ever known.
Ride the Lightning
is about someOne who is facing an execution in an electric chair. It rocks at a speedy tempo. There is an interlude of Cliff's heavy bass playing and Kirk
's fine guitar Riffs
For Whom the Bell Tolls
is about soldiers who risk their Live
s in battle. This song starts off with a bell chime. Then it transcends into some heavy thrashing and grinding. Kirk
Hammett provides some catchy guitar hooks in this song. I've included a video of this song, that shows the late and great Cliff Burton playing his bass, so check it out.
Fade to Black
is a metal ballad, with a dark theme of suicide. It starts off light, but has some very crunchy bass hooks. Then it ends with some melodic guitar rhythms.
Trapped Under Ice
is about someOne who is freezing to death. This is One of their best songs. It's marked with ferocious thrashing and some of the sharpest shredding known to metal. The speed of this song is comparable to the songs on Kill
'Em All, but it's better than any song on that album. Some of Kirk
Hammetts guitar Riffs
on this song outshine those by Eddie Riffs
or The late Fade to Black
is about standing up for your rights. It starts off with a catchy melody and then thrashes with a lyrical theme that all of us metalheads can relate to. "Life
's for my own to Live
my own way". This is One of my favorite Metallica
songs, although it's certainly not among their most popular songs.
is about a rebellion of the ancient Hebrews against a Pharoah. It's very heavy and melodic, with intricate shredding. This is One of their more popular songs.
The Call Of Ktulu
is an instrumental. The occult book, Necronomicon
, refers to Ktulu
as the corpse-god. The song starts out light and gets heavier and more intricate. It rambles on for nearly 9 minutes.
I've been a fan of Metallica
for 25 years. This was their first album that I bought and has been my favorite Metallica
album to this day.