The Artful Dodger wrote:...I'd go with Ride the Lightning out of this group. For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade to Black are instant classics, but The Call of Ktulu and Creeping Death were also masterpieces in their own right. It even has arguably the heaviest song from Metallica to date in Fight Fire With Fire. I tend to think the titled track and Trapped Under Ice were the weak links - not to say, they were terrible tracks, but they're quite good - but par for the course here...and Escape was a stinker which signalled what was to come in The Black Album and beyond that. However, RTL was Metallica coming into its own in my opinion.
I agree with most of what you've said here especially about Fight Fire With Fire. That's song is actually a little to heavy for my liking. It almost sounds like death metal.
Totally agree with Trapped Under Ice and Escape being subpar but I'm really surprised you don't like the Title track that much. It's one of my favorites on the album for sure. The solo in that song is freakin amazing!