Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was released on July 27, 1984 by the independent record label Megaforce Records. The album was recorded in a three-week span with producer Flemming Rasmussen at the Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artwork, based on the band's concept, represents an electric chair in the midst of thunders. The album title was taken from a passage in Stephen King's novel The Stand. Few months after its release, Elektra Records signed Metallica to a multi-year contract and reissued the album. It was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2012 for shipping six million copies in the United States.