When its Monday, memes are not allowed outside of Monday. Mature discussions that promote community input. Similar posts about other bands that are directly related to Metallica Your sweet cover of Hit the Lights, Mustaine talking about his Metallica days, etc.
Discussions that have been had many times or don't actually encourage discussion "What's your favorite album? If the post or comment is directly referencing, or asking for a link to an album leak, it will be removed.
This is due to the best interest of the band. If the post meets the criteria for a valid post but is clearly not a great post, let's let the downvotes do the talking.
Opposite of that also applies With the exception of Leaks and Hate Speech. If the post doesn't need to be a link post, don't post a link and instead, make a self post. If you want to discuss or highlight an officially released song then make a self post and describe why you like the song rather than posting a link with a title of "what an underrated gem".
If this isn't the appropriate place to ask for it as I know it is more about Guitar Tone than Guitars Edit : Thanks for the answers! What I was trying to achieve is something like this. I tried several times, but for some reason, it didn't work for me. Sadly I feel like they don't want to share some parts of their secrets. Metallica's tone on Black was pretty much the same tone that they had always had, just with the mids dialed in a little bit more. It's important to remember that some songs on the Black Album have NINE guitar tracks layered over at once, so getting that type of power without some studio trickery might prove difficult.
I mean, the 'Load' and 'Reload' era for us was such a reaction to our first five albums. We didn't want to do what we had been doing: play fast, over the top and aggressive.
If anything, the 'Load' and 'Reload' era was a big experiment in hard rock. We needed to do these two albums for us to make 'St.
If we would have made 'St. What needs done? Actually, I looked this over, and the article looks like it's in really nice shape. I made a few obvious tweaks, and I've received recommendations to nominate it. It's been recently copyedited, so I trust that did some really well-done work. I'm going to take a chance and see if this qualifies for GA. Here we go! There is some conflicting info on which singles where released from the album. In the infobox on the right there are five singles listed.
In the bodytext under "Promotion", six singles are listed. The one that's missing in the infobox is "Don't Tread On Me". Which list is the right one? I don't think a 2-minute sample is minimal use of the work as described in non-free use policy.
Either we need a smaller audio sample, or we should remove it altogether and put the caption's information in. And do we really need this many audio samples anyway? While they're formatted correctly, I'm not sure they're all completely necessary. In fact, I've removed the audio sample of Sad but True for now because I'm afraid it may not sit well with the GA nomination.
Nice catch. But I'm still wondering if we need this many samples I notice the accessdates are improper in the certification section. So far this is the only obvious thing I see missing, so I won't sweat it at the moment. I would not say that this album is any less harsh than their previous albums. Solos by Kirk Hammett are fast and furious plus very well constructed and consist of wah pedal licks with amazing mixtures of blues influenced technicality.
Just about every solo on here is wholly fast and well confounded. All of the tracks have unique song structures that stick in your memory and could never be played out. This goes for the first 5 Metallica releases, then degeneration into pure destruction that was tragic to see such talent go to waste. James Hetfield's vocal outputs are intense with less screaming than their predecessor, but still feature the hate fueled lyrics that are mixed with hoarse throat.
He sings with a clean voice on the acoustic parts of "Fade to Black". However, as the song progresses, a heavier vocal output is exhibited on the crunchy tone guitar. For every song, he is quite angry and intense. The vocals mesh well with the guitar riffs. A moderate use of back up screams are exhibited on here.
Overall, every single track has worthiness and some more so than others, which is typical for an album. The drums by Lars Ulrich exhibit a great pound into your skull with even some double bass kicks that are featured on "Fight Fire with Fire". His executions on each track are well played out and rehearsed to suit the music.
Not a track on here lags in this department as Lars has very good skills and mechanics which are well mixed into the production sound. His abilities are far well embraced and utilized on every song. Again, I just had a hard time hearing the bass guitar. It's audible only if you crank the volume.
To reiterate this point, Metallica was pretty much the founder of the thrash metal genre itself. The production quality again is the weakest, but even that is debatable.
This album remains to be my favorite release by the band because of its originality and desolate atmosphere. YouTube some of the songs that I mentioned to see what I mean in terms of quality thrash metal galore.
If you're a fan of thrash metal and don't have this yet, get it now! In comparison to the innovating but ultimately rather closed minded debut record, Metallica's Ride The Lightning is a big step forward for the band. In only one year, the band explored new terrain without abandoning its roots and went further than any other band of the genre at the same time.
This album is a milestone and has not even lost a glimpse of its charm nowadays. Anybody that contests this is simply a disappointed hater that didn't like the direction this band would later take.
The classic introduction to the perfect opener "Fight Fire With Fire" is the first surprise and a very good idea to contrast the aggressive and powerful head banger. The band also developed its technical skills as the brilliant guitar solos in the title track "Ride The Lightning" easily prove.
The legend goes even further with the atmospheric doom thrasher "For Whom The Bell Tolls" that sounds very inspiring to me. The half ballad "Fade To Black" proves for the first time that the band can write very emotional, insightful and calm songs and are not only a great thrash metal band.
Each of the first four songs is completely unique, adds something new to the sound of the band and justifies the great reception and high rating of this milestone. The second half of the record is only slightly weaker. The song is catchy and less heavy than the other ones and could have been a great single output. This song has a lot of power and emotion and convinces with its juvenile charm. It's still a pretty decent and diversified track that could please to fans of thrash, heavy and maybe even progressive metal without the glimpse of a doubt.
In the end, this great record deserves the legendary status it has today and is one of the biggest milestones of pure thrash metal. On this album, we can already detect that the band would go on a more diversified and experimental path in a few years and try out something new from time to time.
This record unites the energy of the juvenile first years and the more complex experiments of the following records in a perfect way and should please to any Metallica fan as it is also easily in my top three albums of this band.
Metallica will always have a special place in my heart as the band that got me into metal. The Black Album was it for me until I decided to do some digging. Unfamiliar at the time when I was around 12 years old, I decided I would take a listen and I am forever changed because of it. The production on RTL is still very raw but it is a step up. The guitars are still crunchy and heavy. The bass is audible but could be a bit louder. As far as speed goes, this album still delivers.
The riffs are extremely fast. Song writing has stepped up tremendously on this album. Kirk seemed to write his solos more carefully instead of shredding thrash solos on the debut. This album is killer thrash and is essential to own if you like thrash metal.
This was the first album I heard of these audacious Californians', and it made a massive dent in my ears from the start. In high school, a buddy of mine at the time made a cassette copy of this album for me, and from the first opening moments of "Fight Fire With Fire" and its delicate classical guitar plucking I knew I was in for something massive with the tension it built, and when the electric guitars came rising up and that first merciless RIFF blazed out of my speakers it was over.
At that time, it was the fastest song I'd ever heard until I was exposed to Slayer's "Hell Awaits", and it took my breath away with its fury and intensity. Thus went my introduction to Metallica and it began a long love affair that has, like many affairs stagnated and fallen by the wayside as Metallica changed into mainstream suckage as opposed to the masterful mayhem on display here.
Flemming Rasmussen's production was for the time clear and pretty well-defined, and you could hear Cliff Burton's vigorous bass approach rather well despite the raging wall of guitars generated by James Hetfield on this album. The drums are not overproduced, but sound good enough so that they don't override everything else.
They actually sound rather natural, a good thing in this era of overtriggered typewriter drums that lack oomph and warmth. Kirk Hammett even weighs in with some nicely executed lead guitar parts that justify his reputation ill-deserved these days as a rather good player--and this comes from someone who always thought that he was the band's weak link. James' approach in the studio was changing drastically as well; not just content to bash out furious speed metal riffs, he took a whole new angle on their compositions with clean and acoustic guitar parts galore as well as slower, more epic riffs to go with the frenzy, and it was and still is awe-inspiring.
Overall, the band comes off as a eager young bunch of thugs who had discovered dynamics and how to better play their instruments, and it shows, with the extensive touring behind "Kill 'Em All" benefiting their tightness and skills. The songwriting was already moving ahead and improving, with more depth and willingness to try new things, as the ending instrumental, "Call of Ktulu", evidences with its seething wall of sound anchored by Cliff's signature fuzz-wah gurgles on the bass--really, when he died, the band died with him, in my opinion.
In fact, I prefer his clean singing on this song over most anytihng in that vein he's done since! This to me was the first sign that Metallica were preparing to take the world by storm, with improvement across the board and eagerness to spare.
Their take no prisoners approach being tempered by newfound maturity musical, anyway was already taking shape into the monolithic sound that would inspire legions of bands across the world, never mind America. This is one of my two favorite albums of theirs for a reason, and it still has a high position of esteem in my memories, my collection. Second in the series of four classic thrash albums released by Metallica, Ride the Lightning is often elevated as the best of the bunch.
Now before I continue, do not let it be said that I dislike this album. But with Metallica being considered the greatest thrash metal band of all time and this album usually considered their finest hour I have to disagree. Because if you look at it honestly, the album is not homogenous enough to really be considered a thrash album.
But on to those songs. Hardcore Metallica fans will fight to the death defending these two straightforward, traditional metal songs as legitimate Metallica thrashers, but when Metallica releases an entire album of songs like these the black album , they disregard them as commercial swill.
The irony here is so palpable that on a cool summer day you can actually taste it. Anger, they all appear as track 4 on their respective releases. This one begins with an awesome clean riff set alleged Mustaine riffs that builds anticipation before becoming much heavier.
But aside from the furious climaxes, this one long outlives its welcome, just as future Metallica instrumentals would inevitably do more on this later, perhaps. And there you have it. No one is a more ardent supporter of variety in thrash metal than I am, and even I feel that the core of this album is not rooted enough in the essence of the genre to be one of its cornerstone albums.
It is a great album and a mandatory purchase for metal enthusiasts. One guaranteed way to get a reaction from a thrash fan is to mention the word "Metallica". Best take cover after mentioning that word, though, because it won't be long before you're covered in spittle from said fan furiously explaining that a Metallica were only good when Mustaine was around which is completely false, no one knows which riffs he wrote, and besides AJFA slayed b Metallica ripped riffs off other people, or the most perplexing option- c that Metallica were never any good anyway.
Yep, the final group is pretty freakin' hard to understand. I have no problem with people disliking Metallica over Napster and St. Anger, and if Megadeth fans want to show their solidarity with Dave by making the "Mustaine was Metallica" claim then that's OK with me. The simple question, really, is why eat bread and water when you can feast on the glory that is this album? I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that this is an amazing thrash album, easily the best ever, and those who prefer Darkness Descends, Rust in Peace, Pleasure to Kill or even Reign in Blood are somewhat misguided.
They dourly eat the gruel when there is a banquet to be had. They drink their vinegar when there is fine red wine. Sure, Ride the Lightning isn't the fastest, or the heaviest, or the most aggressive. It doesn't have the most riffs, and it's not the most technical thrash out there.
It certainly doesn't have the best drumming. However, none of those factors matter that much; Ride The Lightning is more then the sum of it's parts, and what it lacks in those perhaps more objective fields it makes up for in it's sheer songwriting excellence and epic arrangements. Yep, every song is gold. It's pretty hard to pick a single song and go "That is the best one on this album" because they're all fucking excellent; you've got the steamrolling thrash that is "Fight Fire with Fire" which possesses possibly the finest twin guitar lead ever written , the boner inducing, F riding, insanely fun to play speedy excellence that's "Trapped Under Ice", and the super melodic, almost radio-friendly strains that is "Escape".
Every song here has been written with the poise and skill of a surgeon- certainly Metallica let no filler pass them by at this time in their career, an attitude that I wish they had kept.
Still, while the songs mentioned above are pretty hard to beat, they're not the best songs on this album. Then we get to the song well, we're not going by track listing, but I digress..
It's hard to discuss the sprawling, epic thrash that's Creeping Death without resorting to page after page of superlatives and excited, breathless swearing, but the fact of the matter is that this one song- this one single song- is absolute musical perfection. There's the pounding, awe inspiring intro riff that makes parting the red sea seem fairly dull in comparison, the chorus can only be described as "fucking woo man, shit woooah", and that's all before an epic solo leads into something that could almost be described as a 'breakdown' comes in at the bridge, with some rather tasty chanting I've noticed that this is the Metallica album with the most samples- name another Metallica album with an evil god laughing, a thunderclap, bells, synths and sirens and just general crushing-ness.
It will remove your limbs. However, Metallica back up this catchiness with genuinely excellent, amazing material. To conclude, then. Overall, this is a life changing beast of an album that everyone needs to hear more then once.
Is it the heaviest? Does it have the most riffs? Is it the best? Metallica continue to keep their reputation as one of the top thrash metal of 80s, and this album is proof of that. The riffs are faster, heavier, and the overall atmosphere of this album is dark and evil. Not only that, but it also manages to have more intelligent lyrics. Metallica were certainly at their peak in with this album. A lot of the material here, as in the last album, was written by Mustaine, but he had less of an impact on this album.
Fight Fire With Fire starts out with a nice acoustic session which sets up the atmosphere of this album, before kicking your ass with awesome, thrashy, and fast guitar riffs.
Their both pretty catchy as well. Fade To Black is, surprisingly for a thrash metal album, a ballad. This song is pretty depressing and dark, but not in a bad way. It also has some pretty good riffs. Sure the lyrics are pretty angst driven, but there are times where I can tolerate angst driven lyrics, and this is one of those times.
This is probably one of my favorite ballads, as it sets a nice dark and depressing atmosphere. The next song, Trapped Under Ice is defiantly my favorite song on this album, as well as the thrashiest on here. It reminds me of No Remorse, only more heavy and dark. It builds up, then kicks your ass with an onslaught of fast and heavy riffs and drumming along with a solo that kills. This is one of my favorite Metallica songs.
Escape is much slower than the last song, but almost just as heavy. Creeping Death is another fast paced song with awesome riffs, and another awesome solo. The Call Of Ktulu is an instrumental song. It has thrashy riffs, solos that rule, and an overall dark atmosphere I na majority of the songs. This would eventually lead to Master Of Puppets which, in my opinon, is pretty overrated. To many, Master of Puppets is a bona-fide classic. The quintessential Metallica album.
The quintessential thrash album. The quintessential Metal album. Perhaps it is one of thrash's finest albums. But I don't quite agree. Ever since hearing both albums, I've always preferred Ride the Lightening, an album under the shadow of the mighty Master of Puppets. To me, the actual song Ride the Lightning is superior to Master of Puppets. Fade to Black is superior to Welcome Home Sanitarium.
Call of Ktulu is superior to Orion. Well, this is just my opinion anyways. Ride the Lightning was Metallica's sophomore effort. But there would be no sophomore jinx here. Recorded in , the album continues to develop the band's thrashy sound farther. As I just mentioned, with Ride the Lightning, Metallica employs a very convincing thrash metal sound. The heavy riffs found in songs like the title track and Trapped Under Ice hit you hard and hit you often. Riff-master James Hetfield has a very good showing, as he constructs some of thrash metal's finest songs with this release.
Former bandmate, Dave Mustaine also has writing credits on the album as well. The Megadeth mainman only has credits on two of the songs, Ride the Lightning and Call of Ktulu, but on the flipside, they are two of the albums best tracks. They are very lengthy, but neither of the tracks loses their momentum at any point, as each moment is vital to the track. But long lengths aren't limited to Dave Mustaine's songs. Two of the other tracks, Fade to Black and Creeping Death also exceed the 6 minute mark with Fade to Black approaching 7 minutes.
But not to worry, the remaining tracks are four to five minutes in length. These tracks are just as aggressive as their longer counterparts, and definitely do not lose out in intensity. Also notable is the lead guitar work of Kirk Hammet.
While he has been criticized for not experimenting enough in his solos, what can be found on Metallica's sophomore album will show you why. His variety of shredding is very well done and very fun to listen to. His solo in Fade to Black is definitely one of my favourites in the thrash metal genre, as it remains melodic and emotional while technical at the same time.
Musically is where Metallica shines, he this may be the best musical effort of their career, thus far. Vocalist James Hetfield will never be remembered as one of metal's greatest vocalists. But this album does mark a large improvement over his Kill Em All effort. Indeed, though his singing is not perfect he has several excellent performances in songs like Fade to Black and Ride the Lightning.
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