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

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9.2 | 2714 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: 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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Angelic Storm - 18.01.2011 at 13:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. on 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.


The Ultraboris review is on Metal Archives, (Encyclopedia Metallum) and is very much quite a hoot.

Written by Void Eater on 18.01.2011 at 04:59
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.


Thrash never really "died" it just got pushed underground. Pantera? A lot of people "credit" Faith No More with being a huge influence on nu-metal. The band themselves however, especially Mike Patton distance themselves from that assertion, and say they were in no way responsible for it. Both Pantera and FNM may have been influences for some nu metal musicians, but neither were nu-metal themselves.
Phantom Lord - 14.02.2011 at 05:19  
Rating: 10 This is the bible of heavy metal hahah it killed off all that hair metal bull shitt
Kubina91 - 16.02.2011 at 21:55  
  MASTERPIECE!
rise447 - 22.04.2011 at 14:08  
Rating: 10 Metallica's greatest album.
Every track is a complete masterpiece.
The best metal album of the 80's (from my point of view).
It deserves a 10 out of 10.
Brilliant!
madrigal - 25.04.2011 at 16:46  
  Boring boring boring !!
Lit. - 06.05.2011 at 22:44  
 
Written by Void Eater on 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.


It's Ultraboris in disguise!
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.05.2011 at 23:30  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 06.05.2011 at 22:44



It's Ultraboris in disguise!


Indeed.
Void Eater - 06.05.2011 at 23:39  
  Nope. Boris thinks that this album was purposely made 'more mainstream' by ars as an attempt to cash in on the undrground success of RtL, while I think it was just a band making an album which happened to have lasting effects beyond what they could have imagined. But it is an overrated album.
@gent_-_orange - 07.05.2011 at 00:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.05.2011 at 23:30

Written by Lit. on 06.05.2011 at 22:44



It's Ultraboris in disguise!


Indeed.


LOL I had no idea so many people have read his review. My opinion on this album is that it is very good, Not the be all end all of metal but it is enormously influential and holds up extremely well to this day. For ratings id give it round 8.5.
megametallic0710 - 07.05.2011 at 03:33  
Rating: 9 Master of Puppets is probably Metallica's biggest breakthrough in their history and definitely one of the best thrash metal albums ever, but it dosn't top ride the lightning
antonio2 - 10.05.2011 at 22:27  
  Greatest album ever.
Damshak - 07.06.2011 at 01:57  
Rating: 10 ''-Top 10 'Metallica-´´
1-. Master Of Puppets
2-. Seek And Destroy
3-. All Nightmare Long
4-. Blackended
5-. ...And Justice For All
6-. Eye Of Beholder
7-. Ride The Lightning
8-. Enter Sandman
9-. One
10-. To Live Is To Die
John Shock - 08.06.2011 at 21:00  
  I must confess something...i am enjoying more ...And Justice For All than Master Of Puppets...i don't know why...but i feel Master Of Puppets falling down to ...And Justice For All...i really don't know why...but one thing i know...if i where on te 80's right now i'd buy "...And Justice For All"...for sure!!!
strade - 16.06.2011 at 02:09  
Rating: 5 I have to agree with Void Eater and Ultraboris on this one.
FXCK_YEAH - 28.06.2011 at 03:56  
  Masterpiece... from beginning to the end
Întunecatul - 11.09.2011 at 13:30  
Rating: 9 When I first listened to it I got bored, because the songs were to repetitive and lengthy. Now I find it better then first listen. But for all eternity it will be a lesser listen than RtL for me.
merkuri - 18.09.2011 at 05:34  
  Metallica are the best band ever.
Cuca Beludo - 02.10.2011 at 20:17  
  I read the ultraboris erview... It's a laugh!
Death_95 - 19.10.2011 at 01:24  
Rating: 10
Written by John Shock on 08.06.2011 at 21:00

I must confess something...i am enjoying more ...And Justice For All than Master Of Puppets...i don't know why...but i feel Master Of Puppets falling down to ...And Justice For All...i really don't know why...but one thing i know...if i where on te 80's right now i'd buy "...And Justice For All"...for sure!!!

Veil of Maya - 24.10.2011 at 21:00  
  Master of Puppets is a great album, but it would've been better if they had Lou Reed on the album..
Troy Killjoy - 25.10.2011 at 00:36  
Rating: 7
Written by Veil of Maya on 24.10.2011 at 21:00
Master of Puppets is a great album, but it would've been better if they had Lou Reed on the album..

masterofpeace95 - 03.11.2011 at 01:30  
Rating: 9 A true masterpiece by gods. But it dosn't top ride the lightning
Nightfall - 23.11.2011 at 03:14  
Rating: 7 Fuckin' overrated.
Troy Killjoy - 23.11.2011 at 06:12  
Rating: 7 Everything is overrated.
JohnDoe - 09.12.2011 at 18:10  
 
Written by NeedMoarKvlt on 09.12.2011 at 18:04

Fuckin' overrated. [2]


are you having a douchebag moment or are you a dpuchebag in general?

the album and this band are overrated, that much is true, but Master of puppets is a great album; have you bothered to read the rating rules?
JohnDoe - 09.12.2011 at 18:19  
 
Written by NeedMoarKvlt on 09.12.2011 at 18:14

Written by JohnDoe on 09.12.2011 at 18:10

Written by NeedMoarKvlt on 09.12.2011 at 18:04

Fuckin' overrated. [2]


are you having a douchebag moment or are you a dpuchebag in general?

the album and this band are overrated, that much is true, but Master of puppets is a great album; have you bothered to read the rating rules?


I rated it 1 because I think 9.2 was a ridiculously high rating for such a crappy album.

Ride Duh Lightning is 10000000000 times better than this.


A rating of 1 means you think this is " the worst album ever". I disagree to the 9.2 rating as well, I would rate it an 8, mabe a generous 8.5, the most

There's no need to rate it a 1 because you disagree to the rating the album got so far.

Crappy album you say? I'm curious to know the name of a great album, in your opinion. Please enlighen me.
Truemetaljope - 09.12.2011 at 18:55  
Rating: 7 Fcking overrated album
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 20:50  
Rating: 10 THE best album ever, I could write a novel about it but I'll just say : Master of Metal!!!
Vod52 - 02.03.2012 at 19:49  
Rating: 10 The MASTERPIECE of metal
HELL BENT FOR JU - 15.03.2012 at 00:29  
  THIS ALBUM IS AWFUL WITH UNLUCKY VOCALS,AWFUL SOUND AND TALENTLESS SONGWRITING.
METALLICA IS THE MOST OVERRATED BAND WITH NIRVANA(COBAIN'S BAND).
BASICALLY THIS ALBUM IS A PUNK/EXTREM/TRASH CROSSOVER THING AND IT'S NOTHING TO DO WITH PURE METAL.
THIS ALBUM POPULARITY IS A SHAME.I THINK METALLICA HAS NO PLACE IN METAL HISTORY.
IMO THEY USED THE TRASH METAL MOVEMENT FOR MTV AND OTHER SUCCESS.
THE "Master of Puppets" ALBUM IS AN ANTI-MUSIC A BIG ZERO.
snake? snaaaake! - 15.03.2012 at 21:17  
Rating: 8 ^
Does the fact you haven't written "master of puppets" in capitals have any significant meaning?
Troy Killjoy - 15.03.2012 at 21:20  
Rating: 7
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 15.03.2012 at 21:17
Does the fact you haven't written "master of puppets" in capitals have any significant meaning?

You're supposed to whisper the album title.
@gent_-_orange - 15.03.2012 at 21:33  
Rating: 9
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 15.03.2012 at 00:29

THIS ALBUM IS AWFUL WITH UNLUCKY VOCALS,AWFUL SOUND AND TALENTLESS SONGWRITING.
METALLICA IS THE MOST OVERRATED BAND WITH NIRVANA(COBAIN'S BAND).
BASICALLY THIS ALBUM IS A PUNK/EXTREM/TRASH CROSSOVER THING AND IT'S NOTHING TO DO WITH PURE METAL.
THIS ALBUM POPULARITY IS A SHAME.I THINK METALLICA HAS NO PLACE IN METAL HISTORY.
IMO THEY USED THE TRASH METAL MOVEMENT FOR MTV AND OTHER SUCCESS.
THE "Master of Puppets" ALBUM IS AN ANTI-MUSIC A BIG ZERO.

Cool story bro.
Întunecatul - 28.03.2012 at 20:54  
Rating: 9 Re-listened to it and man "The thing that should not be" doesn't stand to par with the rest of the songs, "Leper messiah" gets better after half its playtime. Ride the Lightning will always be the better album from my point of view.
Cuca Beludo - 27.04.2012 at 19:48  
 
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 15.03.2012 at 00:29

THIS ALBUM IS AWFUL WITH UNLUCKY VOCALS,AWFUL SOUND AND TALENTLESS SONGWRITING.
METALLICA IS THE MOST OVERRATED BAND WITH NIRVANA(COBAIN'S BAND).
BASICALLY THIS ALBUM IS A PUNK/EXTREM/TRASH CROSSOVER THING AND IT'S NOTHING TO DO WITH PURE METAL.
THIS ALBUM POPULARITY IS A SHAME.I THINK METALLICA HAS NO PLACE IN METAL HISTORY.
IMO THEY USED THE TRASH METAL MOVEMENT FOR MTV AND OTHER SUCCESS.
THE "Master of Puppets" ALBUM IS AN ANTI-MUSIC A BIG ZERO.




Nothing to do with pure metal? Haha...
Soani - 28.04.2012 at 20:19  
Rating: 10 The best Metallica's album. The best album in the world <3
infernaldeath87 - 30.04.2012 at 17:58  
Rating: 8 This is a great album, but it was better when I first heard it about 8 years ago. Now it's just kinda boring and dated to be honest.
The Melting Snow - 04.05.2012 at 19:09  
Rating: 10 Best Metal Album of all time
HELL BENT FOR JU - 06.05.2012 at 00:41  
  Ignore the bandname because the "Metallica- Master Of Puppets" is a punk album!
Sorry Metallica fans for this bad news! Maybe you are punk lovers. Hahaha!
The trash metal definition can't convince me because imo this album is about 70 percent punk mix with- maybe-
some Venom-Black Metal/Welcome To Hell album and other influences with a louder and dry sound.
Anyway the trash metal has a significant punk influence.
And the metal music is blues based .Read Glenn Tipton's opinion !
Poor MOP lovers hahaha!
Unhealer - 06.05.2012 at 17:32  
Rating: 10
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 06.05.2012 at 00:41

Hahaha!


Interesting. I'm curious, what is your opinion on Slayer's "Reign In Blood"?
@gent_-_orange - 06.05.2012 at 17:55  
Rating: 9 Where do you even start with that comment?
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.05.2012 at 18:23  
Rating: 8
Written by @gent_-_orange on 06.05.2012 at 17:55

Where do you even start with that comment?


Simple, you don't
exitone - 23.05.2012 at 21:56  
  All in the same key for sure.
Neiluria - 31.05.2012 at 21:47  
Rating: 10 MASTER OF PUPPETS, This is the key to eternal enjoyment! The best album ever!
Paw!! - 21.06.2012 at 17:23  
Rating: 9 My father everyday always plays this album. As you can see I think this album awesome. Because I like every song from this album. without him I would not know such a great album. VOTE 10 !
Paw!! - 21.06.2012 at 17:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Neiluria on 31.05.2012 at 21:47

MASTER OF PUPPETS, This is the key to eternal enjoyment! The best album ever!


You right dude !
Cuca Beludo - 24.06.2012 at 04:04  
 
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 06.05.2012 at 00:41

Ignore the bandname because the "Metallica- Master Of Puppets" is a punk album!
Sorry Metallica fans for this bad news! Maybe you are punk lovers. Hahaha!
The trash metal definition can't convince me because imo this album is about 70 percent punk mix with- maybe-
some Venom-Black Metal/Welcome To Hell album and other influences with a louder and dry sound.
Anyway the trash metal has a significant punk influence.
And the metal music is blues based .Read Glenn Tipton's opinion !
Poor MOP lovers hahaha!




I am your biggest fan.
RokBoks - 03.08.2012 at 07:04  
Rating: 10 I'm not gonna knock one of the biggest thrash bands of the 80's because i'd be talkin out of my ass. This album really is amazing in several aspects. The way the tracks are laid out is perfect, the sound and atmosphere of the album just ooze badassery, and the songs themselves are all classics. It might seem out of date in todays day and age but that doesn't make it any lesser of a masterpiece.
/5
Egigantea - 30.09.2012 at 09:12  
Rating: 9
Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 06.05.2012 at 00:41

Ignore the bandname because the "Metallica- Master Of Puppets" is a punk album!
Sorry Metallica fans for this bad news! Maybe you are punk lovers. Hahaha!
The trash metal definition can't convince me because imo this album is about 70 percent punk mix with- maybe-
some Venom-Black Metal/Welcome To Hell album and other influences with a louder and dry sound.
Anyway the trash metal has a significant punk influence.
And the metal music is blues based .Read Glenn Tipton's opinion !
Poor MOP lovers hahaha!


Poor Trolling, what you're doing is the equivalent of someone throwing rocks at a tank, it just won't do any damage.
Cuca Beludo - 07.10.2012 at 07:09  
 
Written by Egigantea on 30.09.2012 at 09:12

Written by HELL BENT FOR JU on 06.05.2012 at 00:41

Ignore the bandname because the "Metallica- Master Of Puppets" is a punk album!
Sorry Metallica fans for this bad news! Maybe you are punk lovers. Hahaha!
The trash metal definition can't convince me because imo this album is about 70 percent punk mix with- maybe-
some Venom-Black Metal/Welcome To Hell album and other influences with a louder and dry sound.
Anyway the trash metal has a significant punk influence.
And the metal music is blues based .Read Glenn Tipton's opinion !
Poor MOP lovers hahaha!


Poor Trolling, what you're doing is the equivalent of someone throwing rocks at a tank, it just won't do any damage.

And still, he rated Ride the Lightning with an 7.

TRASH METUL RULEZ!

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