Five Quick Facts
JULY 27, 1984 – Metallica released RIDE THE LIGHTNING
- The band’s second studio album.
- Recorded in 3 weeks in Denmark.
- Clocking in at just 47 minutes, it is the band’s shortest studio album.
- The album title reportedly comes from the Stephen King novel The Stand.
- The last Metallica album with songwriting contributions from former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine… and the first to feature Kirk Hammett.