Ride the Lightning (1984)
Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was released on July 27, 1984, by the independent label Megaforce Records. The album was recorded in three weeks with producer Flemming Rasmussen at the Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artwork, based on the band’s concept, represents an electric chair in the midst of a thunderstorm. The album title was taken from a passage in Stephen King’s novel The Stand. Whilst still rooted in the thrash metal genre, the album showcased the band’s musical maturity and lyrical sophistication. This was partially because bassist Cliff Burton introduced the basics of music theory to the rest of the band and because he had more input in the songwriting. The overall recording cost was paid by Metallica’s European label Music for Nations because Megaforce was unable to cover it.