To the readers I apologize for the delay on the issues coming out. For those that didn't know I turned 30 last month, and decided for the Sept issue to review the first album I ever received 18 years ago. So without further ado here is the Sept issue:
Metallica "Ride the Lighting"
It feels like yesterday when about 18 years ago I recieved my first introduction into heavy metal and later underground music. I remember on my 12th birthday being excited about recieving the "Ride the Lighting" CD. I immediately popped the CD into the radio and hearing the clean melodic intro which would then burst into the heavy fast riff of "Fight Fire with Fire". It hit a nerve with me that has stuck with me to this day. Every time I hear that first riff of that song I just can't help but feel like I want to go ape shit. I feel like even though Metallica was already working on more commercial based material on this recording like tunes such as "Fade to Black" and even "Escape" they still made an impact with killer thrash numbers like "Trapped under ice", "Ride the Lighting", "Creeping Death" and "Fight Fire with Fire". "The Call of Kthulu" is an instrumental masterpiece and is a great ending for this record. Its beauty and mystery meshes well with the dark and heavy. While I enjoy "Kill em all" and "Master of Puppets", "Ride the Lightning" will continue to be my favorite of the classic three. Mainly for its intensity as well as its creativity in the songwriting. I have to give respect to Metallica regardless of what their currently doing or even if the music they create now isn't to my taste. They continued to innovate, create, and still continue to do what they love to do no matter the obstacles. Most bands are vanquished in little time, but Metallica continues to go forward and inspire. They inspired me to look forward and to realize I wasn't alone, that because I didn't follow what was normal made me an individual and would pave the way for the creative path I took. This album will always be one of my favorites no matter how much time passes.