Ride the lighting with us as we explore all things METALLICA.
We know more than you. We know less than you.
Hosted by Clint Wells & Ethan Luck.

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    Episode 18 - Kirk Hammett

    We read a few fan emails and get into The Ripper, Kirk Hammett. Kirk has undoubtably left a huge mark in Metallica history. He has memorable leads and a quiet but powerful voice in the machine that is Metallica. We can't imagine this band without Kirk. This is our love letter to Kirk Hammett. We list our top 5 Hammett solos...what are yours? Email us at We'll read your lists on a subsequent episode.

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    Episode 17 - S&M

    You asked for it and you got it! S&M is one of our most requested albums to do an episode on. Easily one of metal's most ambitious live albums, it was nothing short of a hit, selling 8 million copies. Metallica took inspiration from Cliff and ventured into classical music. With Michael Kamen at the helm, all the songs we love took on new life with S&M and we're still listening to it almost 20 years later. This episode is dedicated to the memory and music of Michael Kamen. RIP.

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    Episode 16 - Clint & Ethan Rank Metallica's Albums

    Well, we finally had some audio issues. On this episode, Clint & Ethan recorded remotely and Clint's computer was being an ass...but enough about that. This is our "Rank Metallica's albums" episode! We've all done it, over and over again. We read a ton of fan mail and each read through our top 10 list of Metallica's albums. What are yours? Please let us know by sending an email to

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    Episode 15 - No Life Til Leather (Demo)

    Sure, there were a few demos before this, but 'No Life Til Leather' is what got the ball rolling with Metallica in the early days. This was the demo that got into the hands of Johnny Z, got them signed and eventually led them to get in the studio to record 'Kill Em All.' Although the songs didn't change much from the demo (other than The Mechanix), it's a great representation of what was happening in the early 80's thrash metal scene. Plus, Muscatine's leads on this? Come on...He rips. In this episode we read some fan mail and discuss the cassette that started it all.

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    Episode 14 - "What If?"

    We've all asked them. "What if Cliff didn't die?" "What If Dave wasn't fired?" "What if?!" We asked and you full force! In this episode, Clint and Ethan answer all your "What If?" questions. There were so many good ones. If we didn't get to yours, don't worry, this is definitely a topic that deserves a part 2. Thank you to all the fans of the podcast for submitting their questions!

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    Revisited #2 - Metallica's First Show

    In our second "Revisited" episode, we briefly discuss Metallica's very first show. The birth of Metallica on the stage. 35 years ago...James, Lars, Dave and Ron took the stage in Anaheim, CA. Although not the smoothest show they've ever played, it began the on stage journey to the Metallica we know and love today.

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    Episode 13 - Flemming Rasmussen

    Arguably Metallica's best producer. I mean, he did record Lightning, Puppets & Justice! Fleming Rasmussen is no stranger to the world of Metallica. In this episode, we dig into Flemming as a producer, engineer and discuss what it would be like if he produced another Metallica record in the future. Also, if you miss our church giggles...well, listen for yourself.

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    Episode 12 - Through The Never

    It's one of Metallica's best looking and sounding concert films, it got good reviews and somehow tanked at the box office. Through The Never wasn't a smash for the band but this is up there in quality and should not be skipped over. Despite some cheesy moments (Robert & the wall of CGI bass amps), we back this film and sit down to run through it, chronologically. The ups, the downs and in betweens. We also read fan mail at the top of the show, as this will become a regular thing.

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    Episode 11 - Jason Newsted

    He was the last to audition for Metallica to fill the void that was Cliff Burton. He became a fan favorite and didn't bother living up to Cliff, but carved out his own legacy in Metallica history. That's why we love Jason Newsted so much! In this episode we briefly examine Jason's music history and discuss the huge impact he had in Metallica, despite climbing uphill the whole time.

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    Episode 10 - 30th Anniversary Shows

    30 years of Metallica! 4 Shows at The Fillmore in San Fransisco! Are you kidding? We only got to witness these historic Metallica concerts on YouTube and they were glorious. Metallica stopped at nothing to make sure anyone involved with Metallica was in attendance or on stage. Mustaine, McGovney, Ozzy, Danzig, Newsted...just to name a few. It was a true fan friendly event. Clint and Ethan examine all four nights of these shows, go through all the setlists and imagine what it was like to be in attendance. We can only hope for some 40th anniversary shows and hope we can be there, as 5th members.

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