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118933420One of the greatest thrash albums of all time in my opinion has always been Metallica’s second album Ride The Lightning which was released on July 27, 1984 via Megaforce Records (later re-released by Elektra Records). The album in my opinion still featured some of the fury and rawness of the previous effort Kill ‘Em All, but it was a step forward in their sound that would eventually be featured on their next effort Master Of Puppets. The album also still featured traces of former guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth who has writing credits on the album. The band once again featured James Hetfield (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Kirk Hammett (Lead Guitar), Cliff Burton (Bass), and Lars Ulrich (Drums) while the album was produced by Flemming Rasmussen as well as Metallica. The album was a critical success for the band as it established that they were the alphas of the Metal scene that was emerging in the US as it charted at Number 48 on the Billboard Top 200 while being certified platinum six times. The change in style of this album to the previous was all due to Cliff Burton who apparently introduced musical theory to the band and they allowed him to have more input as far as writing was concerned.

main_1525890639-James-Hetfield-Jason-Newsted-Signed-Metallica-Ride-the-Lightning-Vinyl-Record-Album-Inscribed-04-2013-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.com1. Fight Fire With Fire– The opening track starts with an acoustic riff that Cliff Burton had been playing around with before the all out metal assault hits you like a freight train. The track is all about denouncing the idea of an eye for an eye with the fear of nuclear attacks being an option. 5/5

2. Ride The Lightning– the title track is one that Mustaine helped write, but that Metallica had to slow down because neither Hammett or Hetfield could match the speed of Mustaine. The track is about the corruption of the justice system as told by a man facing the electric chair. 5/5

3. For Whom The Bell Tolls– a church bell kicks off the track that is one of my personal favorites and the opening chromatic riff that you hear is actually Cliff Burton playing with distortion and a wah wah pedal and not the guitars. The lyrics and track were based off of Ernest Hemingway’s book of the same name in the matter of the dishonor and all of the horrors associated with warfare. 5/5

4. Fade To Black– The track is a ballad of sorts, but it deals with a very touchy subject matter of suicide. Apparently. the track is about the emotions that Hetfield went through when he and Metallica had discovered that someone had stolen all of their equipment before a show in Boston, MA in January of 1984. 5/5

118875110-35. Trapped Under Ice– This was a track that was based off of a demo that Hammett had written with Exodus called Impaler. They tuned it up and fixed it and turned it into this track that is all about a man that wakes up after being trapped in a cryogenic state and the helplessness that he goes through after. 5/5

6. Escape– While I am a fan of this track, apparently James Hetfield hates this song because this track was the result of the label telling them they had to write a more radio friendly song. I really like this track. 5/5

7. Creeping Death-This is probably the most famous Metallica song ever written besides Fade, Bell, and even Master Of Puppets. The track is about the story of Moses and the plagues that engulfed Egypt. 5/5

8. The Call of Ktulu– The instrumental track was named after the H.P. Lovercraft book The Call Of Cthulhu and features the intro written in D Minor by Mustaine (He used again in Hangar 18) and is followed up by a bass solo by Cliff Burton. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason that Loudwire ranked this album 8TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums of all time list and that is because it is one of the greatest albums written by Metallica. The album gets five stars out of five stars because it belongs in the five star album club.

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 21 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Four years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the fourth ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. Once again, I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the man who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated! One of the cool things about this year’s takeover is that this was the first Alumni Takeover to be held at the new satellite studio for WBIM which was pretty exciting. On the Saturday edition of the Takeover, they were holding a ribbon cutting of the new studio with University President Frederick Clark.

bD05B_B_As far as the idea for this years playlist was concerned, I wanted to do something a little different than I had in the past. The first three years, I just took whatever songs I was in the mood for and I played the tracks on my show. This year, I wanted to start a theme and every year I can do a different theme than the last. So, I decided that this year, I would do all live tracks and I did it in the idea of what if I held a festival called Pedal To The Metal Fest and all these bands showed up to play, this would be the best performances of the day. I will admit that I had a hard time finding live tracks from some of the bands, but the harder part was having to edit all the F-bombs out of the songs. I originally started with having Sepultura, Amon Amarth, Ghost, Rob Zombie, W.A.S.P., etc. But when I arrived at the studio, I changed my mind on what the opener would be so I took out Sepultura and replaced them with Ministry. I had to add Van Halen at the end because I was running out of tracks with plenty of time left and I ended the show with what I called a non-live bonus track from Monster Magnet. Once again though, the best part of the whole event was getting to connect with some amazing people that you don’t always get to see all the time. I had a lot of fun at my fourth ever Alumni Takeover Weekend at Bridgewater State University and I definitely look forward to some more in the future. Check out the playlist below:

Playlist For 10/12/2018

1. Land Of Rape And Honey (Live) by Ministry

2. Twilight Of The Thunder God (Live) by Amon Amarth

3. Con Clavi Con Dio (Live) by Ghost

4. Demonoid Phenomenon (Live) by Rob Zombie

5. Killahead (Live) by W.A.S.P.

6. Kick The Chair (Live) by Megadeth

7. Jawbreaker (Live) by Halford 

8. The Clairvoyant (Live) by Iron Maiden

9. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live) by Metallica

10. Beautiful Girls (Live) by Van Halen 

11. Shot In The Dark (Live) by Ozzy Osbourne 

12. Negasonic Teenage Warhead by Monster Magnet (Non Live Bonus Track)

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1As soon as people found out that Superbowl 50 was going to be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, they immediately petitioned to have Metallica play the halftime show. The petition garnered a lot of signatures, but that didn’t matter to the NFL who deemed Metallica Too Heavy For Halftime which was also what Metallica dubbed their concert the night before the Superbowl at AT&T Park. As James Hetfield, lead singer of the greatest metal band ever told fans that they basically got the better deal because instead of a short three song set, they received a whole entire concert complete with a new stage setup as well. By the time the band ht the stage Saturday night, the weather wasn’t too bad as it was a nice 61 degrees out and the crowd was ready for one hell of a show. James, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo all looked in shape and ready to roll as they broadcasted the show online as well for fans who couldn’t make it.

2Metallica didn’t waste anytime when they hit the stage playing the classic Creeping Death which got the crowd’s blood pumping. They followed it up with For Whom The Bell Tolls which kept the momentum going throughout the show. The show was a mix of old and relatively old as they played everything from Kill Em All all the way up to Garage Inc. While the band sounded amazing there were a lot of times where Kirk would miss a note on a couple of songs, but he would quickly catch himself. The band still does their guitar solo, bass solo parts in between songs which seems to be an art that is kind of missing in metal concerts. Metallica kept the crowd going and they never faltered as they kept up with everything Metallica threw at them creating an amazing atmosphere. Some of the highlights for me during the show was surprisingly hearing some of the material from Load and Reload like Fuel, King Nothing, and The Memory Remains mixed in with the old material. As you get older, you gain an appreciation for the material.

9Metallica was very appreciative of their roots in San Francisco and it showed all night as they reminisced with the crowd. One of the cool facts that you found out during the show was that Cliff Burton loved the Thin Lizzy track Whiskey In The Jar which Metallica played during the encore as a tribute to him. They closed out the encore set with Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman with the same energy as they opened the show with. We also heard from the mouth of Lars during the end of the show that Metallica is going to release new material, but obviously didn’t say when it would happen. Metallica is one of those bands that if you’ve never seen live then you are truly missing out. This was an amazing show put on by one of the best in the business. Enjoy some pictures from the show and check out the complete set list below:

1Some of you out there may think that this is a typo or just hard to imagine, but it’s not a typo. Lollapalooza once again resonated from Grant Park in Chicago, IL for three days of music and art. Day one featured some great artists like Gary Clark Jr. and Sir Paul McCartney, but it was day two that I was looking forward to when the mighty Metallica hit the stage to close out the Samsung Galaxy Stage. The trash metal titans hit the stage in Chicago to further show how diversified the festival can really be on a day where it featured such artists as G-Eazy, Charli XCX, Django Django, and many more. Fans of the group were also in for a very rare treat as it was only the eighth or so gig that Metallica has done in 2015 so for a metal fan like me I was chomping at the bit to see the reigning kings of metal. It was also the first time since 2009 that the band played in Chicago and the first time they played Lollapalooza since 1996. After the bands usual intro of Ennio Morricone’s Ecsasty Of Gold, James said that he had an announcement to make and it as, “Give Me Fuel, Give Me Fire…” and the band kicked right into Fuel from the Reload record.

2The band was fuel of energy as they delivered their special brand of high octane metal that the crowd was craving to end their day on a high note. At one point in the show, James had asked the crowd how many of them had attended a Metallica show with a lot of cheers and hands flying up in the air. He then told the ones that had ever been to a Metallica show to just follow what the vets did. The band blazed through all of their years as they played songs like For Whom The Bell Tolls, King Nothing, Disposable Heroes, and an amazing rendition of Welcome Home (Sanitarium). I have to admit though that I was a little jealous of the people who got to stand behind the band on the stage during their set as they had the best seat in the house. One of my favorite performances of the night came when the band performed The Unforgiven as James played the acoustic guitar as well as his electric throughout the whole song giving it that dynamic that we all love from the band.

4Every show honestly has their funny moments and the one for me came as the band was about to play their classic from Kill ‘Em All in Seek & Destroy. Apparently Lars wasn’t getting the notes right at first and James laughingly joked that the band had a new drummer and they tried it again successfully the second time around.  After nearly one hour and forty minutes on stage, I honestly thought that the band was done, but they came back out for an encore and the band certainly didn’t look that tired to be honest. The band opened their encore with Whiskey In The Jar and continued with Am I Evil after that before closing with two classics from the Black Album in Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman. It was the perfect ending to a night two that was amazing and this performance was further proof that Metallica are still on top of their game despite what anybody might say. They are the kings of metal for a reason and they are non like them.

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Last night, HBO held The Concert For Valor at The National Mall in Washington DC which was a tribute to all the men and women that serve in the United States Military to celebrate Veterans Days. One of the bands that appeared on stage at The Concert For Valor was Metallica who was given a tremendous introduction by Jack Black. The band opened up with For Whom The Bell Tolls and one of the coolest things you could notice besides the band ripping it was the fact that several men and women of the United States Military and their families were behind the band on stage as they rocked out. The band would then perform Master Of Puppets which was followed by set closer Enter Sandman. The concert also featured Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem and others, but this is where it’s at if you’re a fan of metal. I have their set for you below, so check it out and bang those heads.

cliff-burton-slideSeptember 27, 1986 is an infamous day that no true metal fan will ever forget if you were alive during that time period. I was too young to remember the events, but my brothers always told me how scary of a day that was for the metal faithful. The metal world was literally lost when a tour bus carrying thrash titans Metallica lost control in Sweden and tipped over crushing Cliff Burton to death. I had heard that fans at the time had feared that this was the end of their favorite band Metallica. Even Metallica had no idea what they were going to do, they had lost an integral member of the band, a man that according to Kirk Hammett in an interview with Guitar World Magazine had come up with a lot of the famous rhythm sections in some of your favorite early Metallica songs. But you already know the history of the band from that point on. Apparently, the night before after the band had played a gig in support of their biggest album Master Of Puppets, Cliff and Kirk had drawn cards to see who would have the ultimate choice of which bunk to sleep in and Cliff drew the ace of spades guaranteeing him first choice. In the VH1 Behind The Music episode on Metallica, Kirk recalls saying, “I said fine, take my bunk. I’ll sleep up front; it’s probably better anyway.” When the bus started to slip on the road due to what the driver called black ice on the road, Cliff was launched from his top bunk and out the window when the bus tipped over on the side of the road and it landed on top of him. They tried to rescue him by lifting the bus with a crane, but the bus fell on top of him for a second time which ultimately killed the bassist. There is a lot of speculation going around as to whether or not he was dead the first time it fell or not, but all we know is that Metallica was never the same. Various bands showed their respect to Cliff in various ways whether it was Dave Mustaine who wrote In My Darkest Hour as a tribute to him or Anthrax dedicating their best album Among The Living in his honor. Cliff Burton will never be forgetton because his legend lives on through his music!!! R.I.P. Cliff Burton 1962-1986