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Ride The Lightning

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After making history with their previous album Kill 'Em All, Hetfield and Ulrich’s band didn’t just sit back and relax. Metallica could be so much more, and the Californians wanted to prove it. The Four Horsemen were back just one year later in July 1984 with Ride The Lightning. Working off the foundations of Kill 'Em All, the band gave even more space to their incredible bassist Cliff Burton. Hungry for new discoveries, Burton spent hours every day listening to music from all walks of life, representing a wide range of influences. The introduction is much more melodic than expected on the first track, Fight Fire With Fire, before the decibels go wild. 

By then more mature, the tracks are rerouted by the work of solo guitarist Kirk Hammett, with very melodic and inspired passages, even if Satriani's pupil also knows how to bring out the big guns. Fade to Black comes to mind (a classic among the classics) which, beyond its aggressive front, manages to move into more hazy territories, offering an added value to the band's music. The Call of Ktulu, the instrumental track that concludes the album, was born from the musical voyages of Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) at the time of his short stint in Metallica. It is taken up masterfully here by Cliff Burton, who restructures the track, interweaving the epic Metallica sound with totally new melodies that are so beneficial for storytelling. Those in search of thrills won't stay on the sidelines, however, with beautiful virulent pieces like Ride the Lightning, Trapped Under Ice or the incredible and tyrannical For Whom the Bell Tolls and its introduction played on the bass with a supersaturated sound. This second must-have album is much more representative of what the band would go on to become, symbolizing their last experimentations before affirmation and greatness. © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz

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1
Fight Fire With Fire (Remastered)
Cliff Burton
00:04:45

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

2
Ride The Lightning (Remastered)
Cliff Burton
00:06:37

Dave Mustaine, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

3
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Remastered)
Cliff Burton
00:05:10

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

4
Fade To Black (Remastered)
Cliff Burton
00:06:57

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

5
Trapped Under Ice (Remastered)
Kirk Hammett
00:04:04

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

6
Escape (Remastered)
Kirk Hammett
00:04:24

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

7
Creeping Death (Remastered)
Cliff Burton
00:06:36

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

8
The Call Of Ktulu (Remastered)
Cliff Burton
00:08:53

Dave Mustaine, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Flemming Rasmussen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Fidelman, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - James Hetfield, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Metallica, Producer, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mark Whitaker, Producer

℗ 2016 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

After making history with their previous album Kill 'Em All, Hetfield and Ulrich’s band didn’t just sit back and relax. Metallica could be so much more, and the Californians wanted to prove it. The Four Horsemen were back just one year later in July 1984 with Ride The Lightning. Working off the foundations of Kill 'Em All, the band gave even more space to their incredible bassist Cliff Burton. Hungry for new discoveries, Burton spent hours every day listening to music from all walks of life, representing a wide range of influences. The introduction is much more melodic than expected on the first track, Fight Fire With Fire, before the decibels go wild. 

By then more mature, the tracks are rerouted by the work of solo guitarist Kirk Hammett, with very melodic and inspired passages, even if Satriani's pupil also knows how to bring out the big guns. Fade to Black comes to mind (a classic among the classics) which, beyond its aggressive front, manages to move into more hazy territories, offering an added value to the band's music. The Call of Ktulu, the instrumental track that concludes the album, was born from the musical voyages of Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) at the time of his short stint in Metallica. It is taken up masterfully here by Cliff Burton, who restructures the track, interweaving the epic Metallica sound with totally new melodies that are so beneficial for storytelling. Those in search of thrills won't stay on the sidelines, however, with beautiful virulent pieces like Ride the Lightning, Trapped Under Ice or the incredible and tyrannical For Whom the Bell Tolls and its introduction played on the bass with a supersaturated sound. This second must-have album is much more representative of what the band would go on to become, symbolizing their last experimentations before affirmation and greatness. © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz

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