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RIDE THE LIGHTNING

Metallica

 

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4.09 | 601 ratings

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jampa17
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4 stars The second shot, the previous step into a great level of songwriting.

I'm not fan of Metallica, but I have to agree that they really have a great concept back in those days and made a wonderful second album.

When you hear the introduction of the album, an acoustic guitar set the mood in a dark and melancholic orientation but you know that soon the heaviness will take the control and everything is about to come: heavy and creative guitar riffing, changes of tempo and speediness, aggression, tough vocals (maybe the most weak point at all) and good guitar solos.

If you have heard Metallica before and you decided that you don't like them, give this album a second shot. The songwriting is as good as the next two, Master of Puppets and And Justice for All, very well focus and oriented more in the mood than in the heaviness, which is always good. You can see that they started to developed different arrangements to each song and that everything works very good to entertain and give you a particular feeling about each track. The highlight depends of what you expect and want from this album. If you want heaviness you can count with Creeping Death or Right the Lightning. If you want more moody stuff, you have Fade to Black and Trapped Under Ice. The rest of songs are good as well, it all depends on your particular mood.

Well, in the other hand, the vocals of Hetfield are very limited and plain to say the least and that's the only weak point about this album (and about whole Metallica's discography). He is maybe the best riffing guitar player of history, but his vocals are really lame. Don't know, I can't appreciate those but still, the music really works above so you will entertain yourself with the music. If you like the vocals, that is really a plus. 4 stars is fair. Great album, in the best balance between metal and prog.

jampa17 | 4/5 |

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