Metallica - Ride the Lightning (1984) album cover.
Episode 46

Metallica - Ride the Lightning (1984)

On this week's episode we fight fires and summon Cthulhu with Metallica's second album Ride the Lightning. Determined not to follow the metal cliches that came before them, or even the trends that they themselves were setting in thrash metal, Metallica pushed themselves further on Ride, with more complex arrangements and deeper lyrical meaning at the core of the album. Bassist Cliff Burton spearheaded this shift in the band's sound, introducing the group to the basics of music theory and the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. So strap in and prepare yourself for 2000 volts of metal passing through your veins as we dive into the album that helped expand the boundaries of metal and solidified Metallica as the modern era.

Episode Tracklist

  • Metallica - "Ride the Lightning"
  • Metallica - "No Remorse"
  • Metallica - "Fight Fire with Fire"
  • Metallica - "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  • Metallica - "The Call of Ktulu"
  • Hatchie - "Obsessed"
  • Narrow Head - "Feels Like Sand"
  • Metallica - "Trapped Under Ice"