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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: 2

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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bakerskater180 - 22.01.2010 at 18:09  
 
Angelic Storm - 22.01.2010 at 22:50  
Rating: 9 'Ride The Lightning' is my fave Metallica album. I think 'Puppets' is a little overrated, but definitely a great album! People who slam it now are only doing so because of how popular Metallica became, which is just sad really.
Abattoir - 23.01.2010 at 15:40  
  It's definitely a great album, but I still prefer ''Ride The Lightning'' and ''Kill'em All'' albums over this one.
Reza - 23.01.2010 at 16:44  
  IMO all Metallica 80's albums are great. Also "Black Album" (Metallica 1991) is one of my favorite albums of all times. That was the apex for Metallica !
treptolemus - 31.01.2010 at 02:27  
Rating: 8 Master of puppets i'm pulling your strings
twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream

MASTER
MASTER!
Sangre Sani - 07.03.2010 at 22:20  
Rating: 10 Holy Bible of Metal.
cescjoon - 10.03.2010 at 14:39  
Rating: 10
DP_Megachiva - 14.03.2010 at 11:06  
Rating: 10 This is a fuckin' classic
Pauleto - 20.03.2010 at 11:38  
  Best album that the when Metallica issued. Unfeigned jewel Thrash Metal!!!
JohnWayneGacy666 - 28.03.2010 at 05:40  
  Pain monopoly ritual misery life fuked up becoming clearer i will occupy i will help you die dedicated too now im killing you Metallica at their best Master of puppets not the best album ever, but one of the most influential in metal
Grimskallen - 28.03.2010 at 09:48  
  Worthy of praise and admiration, a really potent album.
bacho_dato - 14.04.2010 at 19:51  
Rating: 10 Definitely the best ever metal record.....
soadbyob - 14.04.2010 at 20:39  
  Best thing Metallica ever made, MASTER..MASTER!
Jay-WalKeR - 18.04.2010 at 07:44  
Rating: 10 Tell all together: Master ... Master
Disposable Hero - 22.07.2010 at 07:17  
  Thash Metallica classic Hail FUCKEN METALLICA:banger::banger:
vezzy - 22.07.2010 at 12:45  
Rating: 8 I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.07.2010 at 13:26  
Rating: 8
Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 12:45

I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.



That was actually the single most laughable and pititful so-called review I have read on MA. Okat MoP isn't as good as Ride The Lightning but to say it killed heavy metal
Reading his review it is aparent the guyss knows shit all aboutmetak and thrash in particular. He is a huge musical revisionist.
vezzy - 22.07.2010 at 14:01  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 13:26

Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 12:45

I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.



That was actually the single most laughable and pititful so-called review I have read on MA. Okat MoP isn't as good as Ride The Lightning but to say it killed heavy metal
Reading his review it is aparent the guyss knows shit all aboutmetak and thrash in particular. He is a huge musical revisionist.


That isn't revisionism, it's stupidity, but it gets in your head and starts to tinker with it if you're newer to the genre.
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.07.2010 at 14:17  
Rating: 8
Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 14:01

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 13:26

Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 12:45

I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.



That was actually the single most laughable and pititful so-called review I have read on MA. Okat MoP isn't as good as Ride The Lightning but to say it killed heavy metal
Reading his review it is aparent the guyss knows shit all aboutmetak and thrash in particular. He is a huge musical revisionist.


That isn't revisionism, it's stupidity, but it gets in your head and starts to tinker with it if you're newer to the genre.


Acutally it is revisinism cause UltraBoris has a tendency to rewrite history to suit his own tastes/opinions in the meantime ignoring quite a few facts.
DayFly - 22.07.2010 at 14:51  
Rating: 9 The guy is actually quite funny, if you don't take him seriously. But the lack of quality control over there really makes MA unsuitable for recommendations. In any case, no single review will ever change the general perception of any album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.07.2010 at 15:13  
Rating: 8
Written by DayFly on 22.07.2010 at 14:51

The guy is actually quite funny, if you don't take him seriously. But the lack of quality control over there really makes MA unsuitable for recommendations. In any case, no single review will ever change the general perception of any album.


I don't take him seriously. But a lot of people do and he also takes himself seriously.
vezzy - 22.07.2010 at 15:17  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 15:13

Written by DayFly on 22.07.2010 at 14:51

The guy is actually quite funny, if you don't take him seriously. But the lack of quality control over there really makes MA unsuitable for recommendations. In any case, no single review will ever change the general perception of any album.


I don't take him seriously. But a lot of people do and he also takes himself seriously.


Actually, when you type in "UltraBoris" in Google you'll see a fair lot of people mocking him. I don't think anyone takes him seriously, except if your mind enters an anti-mainstream, anti-Metallica delusion like mine did for half an hour or so.
DayFly - 22.07.2010 at 15:18  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 15:13

Written by DayFly on 22.07.2010 at 14:51

The guy is actually quite funny, if you don't take him seriously. But the lack of quality control over there really makes MA unsuitable for recommendations. In any case, no single review will ever change the general perception of any album.


I don't take him seriously. But a lot of people do and he also takes himself seriously.


And they hardly matter now, do they?
Javier_000 - 23.07.2010 at 08:23  
Rating: 8 A Metallica's very good album. Some _major_ influence by several other metalheads around. Also i guess several other non-metal bands have taken this album as a "concept" of what metal 'was' (or was suposed to be for some people).

Battery!
Damage inc. - 28.07.2010 at 05:25  
Rating: 9 This is a master piece
Damage inc. - 28.07.2010 at 05:35  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 12:45

I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.

lmao this idiot knows nothing about metal if he really thought mop killed metal
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 06:28  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 12:45

I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.


Ahhh...I remember that review! Though I could hardly forget it. lol

Ive seen a lot of bad reviews in my time, but that one is definitely the worst Ive ever seen. The whole thing about the album "killing thrash metal" was just beyond ludicrous. Ultraboris is an extreme example of the idiots in the "tr00" metal brigade, and has an attitude which just as ridiculous, if not even more ridiculous than blind fanboyism. Not least, because these type of people usually criticise fanboys of popular metal bands. A lot of metalheads just love to bash Metallica, because its seen as the "cool" thing to do, but they come off as nothing but total posers, which is the complete irony of it all. Im sorry, but anyone who gives Master Of Puppets 0/100 is not a metal fan, and is nothing but a "tr00" poser. Ultraboris is a complete eejit.
vezzy - 28.07.2010 at 13:47  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 06:28

Written by vezzy on 22.07.2010 at 12:45

I'm actually starting to wonder... did this album really kill heavy metal?
Nah, must be my mind starting to delude itself after reading the infamous UltraBoris review of this.


Ahhh...I remember that review! Though I could hardly forget it. lol

Ive seen a lot of bad reviews in my time, but that one is definitely the worst Ive ever seen. The whole thing about the album "killing thrash metal" was just beyond ludicrous. Ultraboris is an extreme example of the idiots in the "tr00" metal brigade, and has an attitude which just as ridiculous, if not even more ridiculous than blind fanboyism. Not least, because these type of people usually criticise fanboys of popular metal bands. A lot of metalheads just love to bash Metallica, because its seen as the "cool" thing to do, but they come off as nothing but total posers, which is the complete irony of it all. Im sorry, but anyone who gives Master Of Puppets 0/100 is not a metal fan, and is nothing but a "tr00" poser. Ultraboris is a complete eejit.


Yep, just like it's cool to consider Iron Maiden a flawless band with almost no fillers!

@damage inc.: At least I'm not permanently deluded.
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 13:59  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 13:47
Yep, just like it's cool to consider Iron Maiden a flawless band with almost no fillers!


If that was a swipe at me, you're seriously deluded. I dont like anything because it's "cool", I just like what I like. Its funny that my opinions have been derided both by blind fanboys and "tr00ists" like you. You're as bad as each other! The fact that you even considered for a second letting that moronic review affect how you saw the album in any way, I think says a lot. Anyone who allows how others see their opinions to affect their judgement on music is a poser.
vezzy - 28.07.2010 at 14:07  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 13:59

Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 13:47
Yep, just like it's cool to consider Iron Maiden a flawless band with almost no fillers!


If that was a swipe at me, you're seriously deluded. I dont like anything because it's "cool", I just like what I like. Its funny that my opinions have been derided both by blind fanboys and "tr00ists" like you. You're as bad as each other! The fact that you even considered for a second letting that moronic review affect how you saw the album in any way, I think says a lot. Anyone who allows how others see their opinions to affect their judgement on music is a poser.


You responded!
Meh, I guess I'm done with this.
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 14:09  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:07
You responded!
Meh, I guess I'm done with this.


The truth hurts.
vezzy - 28.07.2010 at 14:14  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 14:09

Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:07
You responded!
Meh, I guess I'm done with this.


The truth hurts.


It sure does for you, doesn't it?
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 14:18  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:14
It sure does for you, doesn't it?


You're the poser here, matey. lol I get derided by fanboys for criticising bands at all, and I get derided by you for not criticising them enough! Im not going to tailor my opinions to suit you, or anyone else. I'll leave that sort of nonsense to the likes of you.
vezzy - 28.07.2010 at 14:20  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 14:18

Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:14
It sure does for you, doesn't it?


You're the poser here, matey. lol I get derided by fanboys for criticising bands at all, and I get derided by you for not criticising them enough! Im not going to tailor my opinions to suit you, or anyone else. I'll leave that sort of nonsense to the likes of you.


These people don't know criticism then. Oh, sorry, you can't prove I'm a poser. Besides, I didn't call you one... did I? I only *implied* it.
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 14:36  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:20
These people don't know criticism then. Oh, sorry, you can't prove I'm a poser. Besides, I didn't call you one... did I? I only *implied* it.


Well, there's a difference between criticising something honestly, and criticising something "just because". When I criticise something, its because I genuinely dont like it. When "tr00" people criticise a band/album, its done for their personal image. There is no doubt that some "tr00" metalheads criticise Metallica simply because they are Metallica. Ultraboris's review of this album being the extreme edge of that attitude. Poserism at its worst. Just as bad as fanboyism.

Implying is more or less accusing. Anyways, you did in another thread flat out accuse me of "praising everything every band has ever done". That wasnt an implication, but a direct accusation. And also a complete falsehood.
vezzy - 28.07.2010 at 14:41  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 14:36
Well, there's a difference between criticising something honestly, and criticising something "just because". When I criticise something, its because I genuinely dont like it. When "tr00" people criticise a band/album, its done for their personal image. There is no doubt that some "tr00" metalheads criticise Metallica simply because they are Metallica. Ultraboris's review of this album being the extreme edge of that attitude. Poserism at its worst. Just as bad as fanboyism.

Implying is more or less accusing. Anyways, you did in another thread flat out accuse me of "praising everything every band has ever done". That wasnt an implication, but a direct accusation. And also a complete falsehood.


Some people, yes. But a lot of the time, people do it because they're sick of people kissing the album/band's feet like they're gods or something. Not in UltraBoris's case though.

Well, I did get quite sick of your long "oh this song is heavy, etc." posts. Never knew a person could respect/be fascinated so much by songs which really aren't much at all, just have small, appealing elements thrown in.
Oh wait... this is entirely subjective, right? So that must mean I lose, huh?
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 15:10  
Rating: 9
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:41
Some people, yes. But a lot of the time, people do it because they're sick of people kissing the album/band's feet like they're gods or something. Not in UltraBoris's case though.

Well, I did get quite sick of your long "oh this song is heavy, etc." posts. Never knew a person could respect/be fascinated so much by songs which really aren't much at all, just have small, appealing elements thrown in.
Oh wait... this is entirely subjective, right? So that must mean I lose, huh?


While that is true to an extent, the problem with that attitude is, it lumps in blind fanboys with people who genuinely like the music being put out. Example: I love most of the music on "Load", so I rate that album highly. Many would brand me a poser just for liking that album, which is moronic. A poser is someone who praises/criticises music blindly. Their opinion of the music is affected by other factors which have little or nothing to do with the actual music itself. The ironic thing is "tr00ism" and fanboyism are just different sides of the same coin. Both groups of people are posers, but for different reasons. "Tr00ism" is marginally worse, because they see their opinions as being gospel when it comes to "real metal".

You thinking that certain songs "aren't much at all" is just your opinion. Not a fact. Getting annoyed just because someone fails to agree with your opinions on music is completely childish. And yep, subjective opinions carry less credibility than objective ones.
DayFly - 28.07.2010 at 23:26  
Rating: 9 VezzyRattlehead, shut up. The fact that you actually even paused to consider the validity of that infamous review is a strong inclination that you are a wet-behind-the-ears newbie to metal that would do anything to fit in. I do not know what your problem with Angelic Storm is and she does not need anyone to speak for her, but you really shut before you start looking really stupid.
JETS#1 - 01.08.2010 at 05:51  
Rating: 10 This is a master piece
slay_tallica - 27.08.2010 at 01:56  
  Pure Fucken Metal
RavenKing - 27.08.2010 at 03:39  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 14:17

Acutally it is revisinism cause UltraBoris has a tendency to rewrite history to suit his own tastes/opinions in the meantime ignoring quite a few facts.


The review goes way too far and looses contact with reality at times, but the guy has a few good points.
For example, I totally agree about "Darkness Descends", "Reign In Blood" and "Pleasure To Kill" being all better than "Master Of Puppets".
The only reason those albums never were as popular as MOP is they're too extreme for that. Too uncompromising. They have nothing commercial. MOP is much more accessible than them.
But I must admit I never liked Metallica and never found anything special in this band.

And if there's an album that killed metal, it is not MOP but the black album because it showed that metal bands can make a shitload of money by selling out and releasing mainstream crap

EDIT: And Lars Ulrich can't be compared to Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo or Ventor Reil. They all utterly destroy him nowadays. They were always better than him but now that Ulrich stopped caring for his skills long ago, the difference is even much bigger than it was in 1986.
Marcel Hubregtse - 27.08.2010 at 12:40  
Rating: 8 I agree those albums are better even Pleasure To Kill. But that is the only he is right about. Those three drummers are of course also better but than again which drummer isn't? ulrich always was Metallica's weak spot. iMO Ride The Lightning is still their best by far. mop just being a weaker copy of that one.
ViolentPrayers - 09.09.2010 at 04:36  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 27.08.2010 at 03:39

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 14:17

Acutally it is revisinism cause UltraBoris has a tendency to rewrite history to suit his own tastes/opinions in the meantime ignoring quite a few facts.


The review goes way too far and looses contact with reality at times, but the guy has a few good points.
For example, I totally agree about "Darkness Descends", "Reign In Blood" and "Pleasure To Kill" being all better than "Master Of Puppets".
The only reason those albums never were as popular as MOP is they're too extreme for that. Too uncompromising. They have nothing commercial. MOP is much more accessible than them.
But I must admit I never liked Metallica and never found anything special in this band.

And if there's an album that killed metal, it is not MOP but the black album because it showed that metal bands can make a shitload of money by selling out and releasing mainstream crap

EDIT: And Lars Ulrich can't be compared to Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo or Ventor Reil. They all utterly destroy him nowadays. They were always better than him but now that Ulrich stopped caring for his skills long ago, the difference is even much bigger than it was in 1986.


Yet again another metal elitist.
I recognized your name from the review on Maiden's new album and completely bashing it. It's not that the black album was just a useless mainstream piece of crap, on the contrary I find it great. The problem with the album was that the record company tossed them a mainstream producer and took advantage by funding them a bigass tour. But I thank them because that was the album that made metal recognized, and in doing so, helped us discover metal in the first place.
But you are too arrogant and full of yourself to embrace a bands capability in having flexibility in their genre, if you think about from an actual musicians perspective and stop being a such a chapped-assed troll than you'd realized the musical brilliance of it.
Thats what I hate about metal, half of you dont get the point
RavenKing - 09.09.2010 at 14:37  
 
Written by ViolentPrayers on 09.09.2010 at 04:36

Written by RavenKing on 27.08.2010 at 03:39

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.07.2010 at 14:17

Acutally it is revisinism cause UltraBoris has a tendency to rewrite history to suit his own tastes/opinions in the meantime ignoring quite a few facts.


The review goes way too far and looses contact with reality at times, but the guy has a few good points.
For example, I totally agree about "Darkness Descends", "Reign In Blood" and "Pleasure To Kill" being all better than "Master Of Puppets".
The only reason those albums never were as popular as MOP is they're too extreme for that. Too uncompromising. They have nothing commercial. MOP is much more accessible than them.
But I must admit I never liked Metallica and never found anything special in this band.

And if there's an album that killed metal, it is not MOP but the black album because it showed that metal bands can make a shitload of money by selling out and releasing mainstream crap

EDIT: And Lars Ulrich can't be compared to Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo or Ventor Reil. They all utterly destroy him nowadays. They were always better than him but now that Ulrich stopped caring for his skills long ago, the difference is even much bigger than it was in 1986.


Yet again another metal elitist.
I recognized your name from the review on Maiden's new album and completely bashing it. It's not that the black album was just a useless mainstream piece of crap, on the contrary I find it great. The problem with the album was that the record company tossed them a mainstream producer and took advantage by funding them a bigass tour. But I thank them because that was the album that made metal recognized, and in doing so, helped us discover metal in the first place.
But you are too arrogant and full of yourself to embrace a bands capability in having flexibility in their genre, if you think about from an actual musicians perspective and stop being a such a chapped-assed troll than you'd realized the musical brilliance of it.
Thats what I hate about metal, half of you dont get the point


It's you who miss the point as for what metal is all about. Metal is not supposed to turn commercial and mainstream and play on radio each day. People like you who believe this attitude is correct don't know the first thing about metal from a social point of view and its place in society. People like you have a commercial and mainstream mentality.

Call me an elitist as much as you want, I'm fine with it. I consider myself more as a purist than an elitist but I won't deny I'm an elitist to a certain extent.

Believe it or not, Metallica showed the way to commercialism to other metal bands with the black album. It's not a hazard that so many bands changed their style after this stinking pile of mainstream shit. It surely played a role in the fact that metal almost died in the early 90s, apart from extreme genres, and grunge took so much place. Almost all metal bands who were great in the 80s started to suck in the early 90s.

It's this kind of thing that make me proud of being an elitist. Better being an elitist than endorsing commercial crap.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.09.2010 at 15:04  
Rating: 8 Btw the label did NOT toss Rock to Metallica. metallica picked him themselves because they liked what he had done with Motley Crue and wanted to become big by playing mainstream music and thought Rock would be te best man for that job. Ffs Metallica have even said so themselves in numerous interviews. Fact remains that Metallica - Metallica remains a steaming pile of shit in the eyes of most true metallers who grew with metal in the late Seventies and early Nineties.
Yojimbo - 15.11.2010 at 22:32  
Rating: 10 One of the best rock albums ever, no question. I still would put Rust in Peace (from Megadeth, duh) above this, though.
Yojimbo - 15.11.2010 at 22:37  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.09.2010 at 15:04

Btw the label did NOT toss Rock to Metallica. metallica picked him themselves because they liked what he had done with Motley Crue and wanted to become big by playing mainstream music and thought Rock would be te best man for that job. Ffs Metallica have even said so themselves in numerous interviews. Fact remains that Metallica - Metallica remains a steaming pile of shit in the eyes of most true metallers who grew with metal in the late Seventies and early Nineties.

Not too sound too harsh, but the black album is what got me into metal. This was probably '92 or '93. In retrospect I agree that it's not very "metal", but still it was my gateway album as it was for many others. FYI
Destructhor - 12.12.2010 at 18:21  
  No comment Everybody knows this album as one of the best masterpieces from the 80's
Lit. - 18.01.2011 at 01:53  
  Not my favorite Metallica album, but definatley an impressive album.
Also where is this UltraBoris review? I'd like to read it. It sounds like a laugh.
Void Eater - 18.01.2011 at 04:59  
  God Damn, such an overrated album. Battery, the title track, Disposable Hero's, and Damage In.c are all great, but the rest is just boring as shit. Leper Messiah takes my pick for worst ever song on a thrash album. Oh well, they released RTL and Killem All, so it can be forgiven; not to mention the masterpiece that was AJFA two years later. Hell, I even like the black album and Load once in a while, overrated as they are.

As far as the whole "it killed metal" dead, no it did not, but it unintentionally paved the way for the mainstream metal of the 90's. It showed the world that music that is fairly extreme can be a commercial success. Furthermore, it changed thrash from an underground subculture to a mainstream trend, and all trends are destined to die. Once thrash died, Pantera took over as the big metal band, and Pantera's influence on all that nu metal crap from the 90's is undeniable.

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