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Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallicareleased on July 27,by the independent record label Megaforce Records. The artwork, based on a concept by the band, depicts an electric chair being struck by lightning flowing from the band logo.
The title was taken from a passage in Stephen King 's novel The Stand. Although rooted in the thrash metal genre, the album showcased the band's musical growth and lyrical sophistication.
This was partly because bassist Cliff Burton introduced the basics of music theory to the rest of the band and had more input Metallica - Ride The Lightning the songwriting. Instead of relying heavily on fast tempos as on its debut Kill 'Em De Fans - K3 - Alle Kleuren .En Meer!
(DVD)Metallica broadened its approach by employing acoustic guitars, extended instrumentals, and more complex harmonies. The overall recording costs were paid by Metallica's European label Music for Nations because Megaforce was unable to cover it. It was the last album to feature songwriting contributions from former lead guitarist Dave Mustaineand the first to feature contributions from his replacement, Kirk Hammett.
Ride the Lightning received positive response from music critics, who saw it as a more ambitious effort than its predecessor. The band performed at major music festivals such as Monsters of Rock and Day on the Green later that year. Two months after its release, Elektra Records signed Metallica to a multi-year deal and reissued the album.
Ride the Lightning Metallica - Ride The Lightning at number on the Billboard with no radio exposure. Although 75, copies were initially pressed for the American market, the album sold half a million by November Many rock publications have ranked Ride the Lightning on their best album lists, saying it had a lasting impact on the genre.
Because the band had little money, its members often ate one meal a day and stayed at fans' homes while playing at clubs across the United States. When not gigging, the band stayed in a rented house in El Cerrito, Californiacalled the Metallica Mansion.
Hetfield gradually Metallica - Ride The Lightning confidence as lead vocalist and kept his original role. Drummer Lars Ulrich chose Rasmussen, because he liked his work on Rainbow 's Difficult Metallica - Ride The Lightning Cureand was keen to record in Europe.
Rasmussen listened to Metallica's tapes before the members arrived and thought the band had great potential. Before entering the studio, Metallica collected ideas on "riff tape" recordings of various jam sessions. Hetfield and Ulrich went through the tapes and selected the strongest riffs to assemble into songs.
Instruments were recorded separately, with only Hetfield playing rhythm guitar. At first, it seemed that Metallica was going to sign with Bronze Recordsbut the deal fell through, because Bronze executive Gerry Bron did not appreciate the work done at Sweet Silence Studios, and wanted the US edition to be remixed by engineer Eddie Kramerand even considered re-recording the album in another studio.
Metallica was put Sweet Cadence - Tacaj - Groovadou by Bron's failure to share the band's artistic vision and decided to look Metallica - Ride The Lightning another label for the US release, in spite of the fact that Bronze had already advertised Lucid (a) - Drew Milligan, Stuart Roslyn - Dub Junkies: Subconscious Tension as one of their bands.
Metallica had to record quickly because of European shows scheduled 29 days after it entered the studio. Recording finished on March 14, and Megaforce released the album on July The performance at Roseland Ballroomwith En Vissnad Blomma - Vikingarna - En Vissnad Blomma and Metallica opening for Ravenpleased the Elektra staff, and the band was offered a contract the following morning.
The album also represented the first time Hammett was given writing credits. Music writers opine that Ride the Lightning exhibited greater musical maturity, with sonically broader songs than Kill 'Em Allwhich was noted for its one-dimensional sound. This was partially because of bassist Cliff Burton 's knowledge of music theory. He showed Hetfield how to augment core notes with complementary counter-melodies and how basic guitar harmony worked, which reflected on the song compositions.
Metallica was deeply concerned about various domains in which the common man was wrongfully yet ingeniously deceived. More precisely, they were highly critical of those in power". The major-key acoustic introduction to "Fight Fire with Fire" displayed Metallica's evolution towards a more harmonically complex style of songwriting.
The fastest Metallica song in terms of picking speed, it is driven Ghost - Second Time Around nimbly tremolo-picked riffs in the verses and chorus.
The extended solo at the end dissolves in a sound effect of a vast nuclear explosion. The Metallica - Ride The Lightning were written from the perspective of someone who is anticipating execution by the electric chair. The song, one of the two album tracks that credited Mustaine, begins in a mid-tempo which gradually accelerates as the song progress.
It features an instrumental middle section highlighted by Hammett's soloing. The chromatic introduction, which Burton wrote before he joined Metallica, is often mistaken for an electric guitar but is actually Burton's bass guitar augmented with distortion and a wah-wah pedal. The lyrics were inspired by Ernest Hemingway 's novel of the same namewhich explores the horror and dishonor of modern warfare.
Hetfield wrote the words because he felt powerless after the band's equipment was stolen before the January show in Boston. The song becomes progressively heavier and faster, ending with multi-layered guitar solos. Realizing there is nowhere to go, and no-one will come to the rescue, the person helplessly awaits impending doom.
The song is built on a fast-picked galloping riff, reminiscent of the album's opener. The intro features a counterpoint bass melody and a chugging guitar riff that resolves into a standard down-stroked riff. Authors Mick Wall and Malcolm Dome felt the song was influenced by the album-oriented rock of s bands such as Journey and Foreignerbut fans perceived it as an attempt for airplay at rock radio.
The lyrics deal with the ten plagues visited on Ancient Egypt ; four of them are mentioned throughout the song, as well as the Passover. Journalist Joel McIver called the song a " moshpit anthem" due to its epic lyrical themes and dramatic atmosphere. Lovecraft 's book The Shadow over Innsmouthwhich was introduced to the rest of the band by Burton.
The track begins with a D minor chord progression in the intro, written by Mustaine Mustaine later re-used the chord structure on Megadeth's track " Hangar 18" followed by a two-minute bass solo over a rhythmic riff pattern. Ride the Lightning received widespread acclaim from music critics.
According to Q magazine, the album confirmed Metallica's status as the leading heavy metal band of the modern era. The magazine credited the group for redefining the norms of thrash metal with "Fade to Black", the genre's first power ballad.
He praised Hetfield's vocal performance and concluded that Metallica was "firing on all cylinders". He called Ride the Lightning an "all-time metal classic" because of the band's rich musical imagination and lyrics that avoided heavy metal cliches. This was a new kind of heaviness; the soft, billowy but explosive production was amazing, the speed was superhuman", stated Popoff. Megaforce initially pressed 75, copies of the album for the US market, while Music for Nations took care of the European market.
The album peaked at number Metallica - Ride The Lightning the Billboard with no radio exposure. Because of their rarity, these green albums have become collectors' items.
The Hell on Earth Tour never materialized because of poor ticket sales. The tour continued with dates in Belgium, Italy, Germany, and the Nordic countries to an average crowd of 1, After a Metallica - Ride The Lightning break, the group embarked on a date North American tour, firstly as a co-headlining act with W. The American leg ended in Mayand the band spent the following two months working on the next studio album, Master of Puppetswhose recording sessions were scheduled to begin in September.
Metallica performed at the Monsters of Rock festival held at Castle Donington in England on August 17 in front of 70, fans. The band was placed between Ratt and Bon Jovitwo glam metal groups whose sound and appearance were much unlike Metallica's.
At the start of the set, Hetfield pronounced to the audience: "If you came here to see spandex, eye make-up, and the words 'oh baby' in every fuckin' song, this ain't the fuckin' band! The last show Metallica played before recording began was the Loreley Metal Hammer festival in Germany, headlined by Venom.
At this gig, Metallica premiered " Master of Puppets " and "Disposable Heroes", songs from the then-upcoming third studio album. Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Metallica album.
For other uses, see Ride the Lightning disambiguation. This article is missing information about the Deluxe Edition. Please expand the article to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk Metallica - Ride The Lightning . September Metallica Flemming Rasmussen. The title track has a foreboding vibe which fits its subject matter. Hetfield recorded his guitar parts relatively fast and overlaid them with two more takes played live, instead of overdubbing them.
The use of acoustic guitars and clean vocals alienated some of Metallica's fanbase at the time. Cliff Burton Lars Ulrich Hetfield. Hetfield Burton Ulrich Dave Mustaine. Burton Hammett Ulrich Hetfield. Ulrich Mustaine Burton Hetfield. Retrieved July 30, Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 19, Megaforce Records. Metal Hammer. Retrieved August 12, Guitar World : June 24, Retrieved September 11, Archived from the original on June 23, Retrieved June 28, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
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