Metallica - Master Of Puppets


9.2 | 3663 votes |
Release date: 21 February 1986
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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01. Battery
02. Master Of Puppets
03. The Thing That Should Not Be
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
05. Disposable Heroes
06. Leper Messiah
07. Orion
08. Damage, Inc.

Top 20 albums of 1986: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 4

Line-up
James Alan Hetfield - vocals, guitars
Kirk Hammett - guitars, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Clifford Lee Burton - bass, backing vocals

Additional info
Produced by Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen
Engineered by Flemming Rasmussen
Recorded, Sept.-Dec. 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed by Michael Wagener at Amigo Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Assistant mixing engineer: Mark Wilzcak
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound

All lyrics by Hetfield. All arrangements by Hetfield/Ulrich
Cover concept: Metallica and Peter Mensch
Cover illustration: Don Brautigam
Back cover photos: Cliff - Rich Likong / Kirk - Ross Halfin / Lars - Rob Ellis / James - Ross Halfin

Guest review by
Iced Iñigo
Rating:
10
A classic between classics and the top of Metallica like a band. The album that made history, the cd of the cds, the best album of the best band. The album that any person who wants to know what is that world called Metal music needs to have, and listen to.

From the intro of "Battery" to the last guitar riff of "Damage Inc." the cd is just perfect, incredible and all the adjectives you want. In this album Metallica composed the song of songs: "Master of Puppets", astonishing. 8 minutes 38 seconds of pure Metal. The virtuosity on composing of Metallica appears clearly in that song. In Master of Puppets some songs are really dark and paranoid like "The Thing that should not Be". A ballad is also included, which is called "Welcome Home " and Metallica still includes in this album an instrumental track: "Orion"

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published 22.09.2003 | Comments (124)

Guest review by
Motoroverkill
Rating:
9.3
Master of Puppets is a master class in structuring an album, The tracks and the way they're ordered is near perfection. A landmark album. Master Of Puppets is a timeless classic, A hybrid, Which features the best characteristics of many different kinds of metal. Many people consider it one of the greatest albums of all time and for good reason.

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published 25.01.2010 | Comments (23)

Guest review by
Cal Wolvington
Rating:
8.3
I know I am in the minority here, but I don't care. Coffee is not as bad for you as everyone says it is, ten million Coldplay fans are wrong and Master Of Puppets is not Metallica's best album. This album is considered to be a classic and it is a great effort, but it is no Ride The Lightning. Master Of Puppets may have become more popular than Metallica's first two albums and it may be every critic's darling but that alone does not make it a better album or the greatest thrash record of all time. What matters is the music itself and therein lies my problem with considering this album a mind blowing masterpiece, which it is not.

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published 06.06.2012 | Comments (67)

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02.01.2019 - 22:35
Rating: 4
Maasai Mara
The single most overrated album in the history of heavy metal. Battery and the title track are good but the rest of the album is as average as average comes. This album in essence killed Metallica and derailed what was on course to be the greatest melodic thrash acts of all time. These bastards should have dissolved Metallica after the magnificent ride the lightning and started a new band altogether to produce the garbage that began taking root here and Metallica fed us with afterwards.
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25.03.2019 - 18:42
Byners
Written by Maasai Mara on 02.01.2019 at 22:35

The single most overrated album in the history of heavy metal. Battery and the title track are good but the rest of the album is as average as average comes. This album in essence killed Metallica and derailed what was on course to be the greatest melodic thrash acts of all time. These bastards should have dissolved Metallica after the magnificent ride the lightning and started a new band altogether to produce the garbage that began taking root here and Metallica fed us with afterwards.


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16.08.2019 - 00:34
Furiator
The most overrated album ever?

I don't know, I really don't get it. I like other Metallica stuff. This often seems quite generic, honestly.
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14.04.2020 - 21:57
Maco
Classless
The mighty title track alone is superior to anything released by this band afterwards.
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15.04.2020 - 01:38
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo
I honestly also thought this album was the most overrated thing ever until I actually listened it through few times. Nowadays it's one of my favourite albums of all time. Sadly, they haven't released anything even remotely this level of brilliance since.

If I remember correctly, Flemming Rasmussen wasn't happy with the rushed release and production of Master of Puppets, so when he later worked with the band Artillery he utilized some the original plans he had for this album. But this is just my wage memory, I don't remember where I actually read it.
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Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
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15.04.2020 - 12:02
Rating: 10
gavdann
After Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind and Deep Purple's Machine Head, Master of Puppets was the third "heavy" album I ever bought. That would have been around Feb/March '87. I was 15 and it changed my world. For the best part of six months, I listened to little else than Metallica. These days Ride & Master vie for position but usually, I say this is my favourite album of all time as it was the first.

Ride arguably contains more of their best songs but this contains it's fair share and is probably more consistent. Both are fucking classics. 10 out of 10. There should be no argument as far as I'm concerned. Anyone who disagrees is a fucking poseur or just doesn't like metal. You look at that track listing and there isn't a bad second of music on that record, let alone a bad track.

Kill Em All and Justice are almost as good as well in my view (if a little bloated in the case of Justice). I always viewed the Black album as a solid but unspectacular record but since, it's been a case of ever diminishing returns. You could make a case for the odd good song scattered among the rest of their albums but I never play them.
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20.05.2020 - 14:01
Rating: 10
Paulh
01. Battery - 10/10
02. Master Of Puppets - 10/10
03. The Thing That Should Not Be - 10/10
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - 10/10
05. Disposable Heroes - 10/10
06. Leper Messiah - 10/10
07. Orion - 10/10
08. Damage, Inc. - 10/10

Overall: 10/10
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