Metallica spend time writing new material for the next album, Ride The Lightning. Minor setbacks occur when Metallica's equipment is stolen in Boston, Mass., while on tour with Anthrax. It is said that the song "Fade To Black" is inspired by this incident.
Among the missing items is James Hetfield's beloved Marshall amplifier. Before recording Ride the Lightning, James searches all over Europe to find a comparable amp.
"They literally looked at every Marshall amp in Western Europe. They eventually found one that sounded good in some little Danish music shop."
-John Marshall, guitar tech (Unbound)
Metallica fly to Europe to support Venom on the Seven Dates of Hell tour where they play to over 7,000 fans at the Aardschok Festival in Zwolle, Holland.
Ride The Lightning is recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ride The Lightning is released. A printing press in Europe mistakenly prints a few copies with a green cover instead of blue. These records have become collector's items.