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Release date: 21 February 1986
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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9.2 | 2717 votes

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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: 3

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (8)


Line-up
James Hetfield - vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar
Lars Ulrich - drums
Clifford Lee "Cliff" 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 (21)

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 (64)

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LordHypnos - 11.10.2012 at 04:25  
Rating: 10 My favorite Metallica album! No fillers at all!
Although this is not the "Best metal album of all time", it's one hell of an album!

Best songs:
1. Disposable Heroes
2. Damage, Inc.
3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Xenomorph1001 - 11.11.2012 at 17:06  
Rating: 8 Most overrated metal album of all time. But not bad.
Dentura - 13.11.2012 at 10:41  
Rating: 7 Even though I'm not a huge thrash metal fan, I have to admit, this album is pretty damn awesome, and one of the first to get me into metal music in the first place. RIP Cliff, you will always be the band member I have the most respect for.
master 666 - 14.01.2013 at 19:33  
  Cliff" Burton why you go. James Hetfield -Kirk Hammett -Lars Ulrich- fuck all of them
Valentin B - 26.01.2013 at 13:30  
  Needlework the way, never you betray
life of death becoming clearer
Pain monopoly, ritual misery
chop your breakfast on a mirror

This band used to write some of the best lyrics conceived in metal. It's astonishing to me how this band has decayed through the years to the point of crapping out abominations like Saint Anger and Lulu. Thankfully Death Magnetic was a decent album.
Jaeryd17‍ - 27.01.2013 at 07:04  
Rating: 8
Written by Valentin B on 26.01.2013 at 13:30

Needlework the way, never you betray
life of death becoming clearer
Pain monopoly, ritual misery
chop your breakfast on a mirror

This band used to write some of the best lyrics conceived in metal. It's astonishing to me how this band has decayed through the years to the point of crapping out abominations like Saint Anger and Lulu. Thankfully Death Magnetic was a decent album.


Yup, I'm with you. Unlike some other people, I thought that Death Magnetic was actually a pretty decent comeback. Hopefully whatever they do next will continue what they had with that, and Lulu will have no influence on the future of their music.
Bad English - 26.02.2013 at 22:27  
Rating: 10 It use to be my fav album from band, but seems not anymore, I like prev 2 better than this , ok Wellcome Home Sanitarium will always be my fav song from this band,. but somehow this dont work to me so emotionaly like it worked some 5-8 years ago .... so It is not my fav band album anymore
Jaeryd17‍ - 12.04.2013 at 20:04  
Rating: 8
Written by Bad English on 26.02.2013 at 22:27

It use to be my fav album from band, but seems not anymore, I like prev 2 better than this , ok Wellcome Home Sanitarium will always be my fav song from this band,. but somehow this dont work to me so emotionaly like it worked some 5-8 years ago .... so It is not my fav band album anymore

So you're still gonna keep this one a 10 and Ride the Lightning and Kill 'em All are going to stay at a 9, even though you like those other two better?
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.04.2013 at 20:07  
Rating: 8
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 12.04.2013 at 20:04


So you're still gonna keep this one a 10 and Ride the Lightning and Kill 'em All are going to stay at a 9, even though you like those other two better?


that's total K7 logic, for you there. He called an Iron Maiden perfect yet gave it a 7 and another by them had some shitty songs on it yet rated it 10
Bad English - 12.04.2013 at 21:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 12.04.2013 at 20:04

Written by Bad English on 26.02.2013 at 22:27

It use to be my fav album from band, but seems not anymore, I like prev 2 better than this , ok Wellcome Home Sanitarium will always be my fav song from this band,. but somehow this dont work to me so emotionaly like it worked some 5-8 years ago .... so It is not my fav band album anymore

So you're still gonna keep this one a 10 and Ride the Lightning and Kill 'em All are going to stay at a 9, even though you like those other two better?


I vote about this album maybe 4-5 years ago

I post my post some montrhs ago
Fritillaria - 12.04.2013 at 21:08  
  Whoah ! how many review on one album ! :O
Ace Frawley - 13.04.2013 at 01:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 12.04.2013 at 21:08

Whoah ! how many review on one album ! :O


I suppose the reason for this is that it's one of the most influential and popular metal albums of all time. For anyone who wasn't around in the mid-80s, it's hard to convey to them how influential this album was.
Jaeryd17‍ - 24.04.2013 at 01:03  
Rating: 8 I still think that after the first two absolutely stunning tracks, the album kinda gets a little bit dull. Ride the Lightning was far more enjoyable; there's an album that's good front to back, with not a dull moment in between. I don't understand how everyone thinks that this is the best Metallica album when RtL is far superior.
Ace Frawley - 24.04.2013 at 05:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Jaeryd17‍ on 24.04.2013 at 01:03

I still think that after the first two absolutely stunning tracks, the album kinda gets a little bit dull. Ride the Lightning was far more enjoyable; there's an album that's good front to back, with not a dull moment in between. I don't understand how everyone thinks that this is the best Metallica album when RtL is far superior.


We'll have to agree to disagree because I think "Trapped Under Ice" is one of the weakest Metallica tracks from the first four albums. That said, I do prefer RtL to Puppets, but both are wonderful albums.
MetalAce - 02.06.2013 at 17:14  
Rating: 10 If we talk about thrash metal, metallica shown thrash is all about! but something true, i like those first two albums more.those two are real thrash.awo0ouh! MASTER OF PUPPETS! YEAH!
ArminEnayat - 24.07.2013 at 07:32  
  I Love this Album Because it is so heavy and and it is so hard to imagine that which young people like them could ever create such a super HEAVY stuff!
Paw!! - 13.04.2014 at 14:04  
Rating: 9
Written by MetalAce on 02.06.2013 at 17:14

If we talk about thrash metal, metallica shown thrash is all about! but something true, i like those first two albums more.those two are real thrash.awo0ouh! MASTER OF PUPPETS! YEAH!

But If we talk about best thrash metal album of all timeeeee surely not this album dude.
I feel sorry, the best album is "REIGN IN BLOOD".

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