"Ride the Lightning" is the second album by thrash metal band Metallica, released in 1984. The artwork, based on a concept created by the band, depicts an electric chair being struck by lightning. The title to the record was taken from a passage in Stephen King's novel "The Stand." Many people have ranked "Ride the Lightning" on their best album lists, saying it has had a lasting impact on the metal scene and genre.
Metallica is one of the most famous metal bands to ever exist, and for good reason. They played a huge role in the uprising of thrash metal in the 80s and 90s and had over ten #1 hits. Metallica has won 14 Grammys and sold over 100 million records worldwide. They're known for their high-energy stadium performances full of pyrotechnics. The band was originally created from a single newspaper ad when the drummer Lars put out a call for musicians to jam with. Well, the rest was history.