Metallica - Master Of Puppets


9.2 | 3661 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

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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07.06.2011 - 01:57
Rating: 10
Damshak
''-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
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08.06.2011 - 21:00
John Shock
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!!!
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16.06.2011 - 02:09
Rating: 5
strade
I have to agree with Void Eater and Ultraboris on this one.
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28.06.2011 - 03:56
Rating: 10
HelloMe
Masterpiece... from beginning to the end
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11.09.2011 - 13:30
Rating: 9
Cyroth
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.
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18.09.2011 - 05:34
merkuri
Metallica are the best band ever.
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02.10.2011 - 20:17
Cuca Beludo
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I read the ultraboris erview... It's a laugh!
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19.10.2011 - 01:24
Death_95
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!!!

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

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03.11.2011 - 01:30
Rating: 9
masterofpeace95
A true masterpiece by gods. But it dosn't top ride the lightning
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23.11.2011 - 03:14
Rating: 7
Nightfall
Fuckin' overrated.
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23.11.2011 - 06:12
Troy Killjoy
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Everything is overrated.
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09.12.2011 - 18:10
JohnDoe
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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?
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09.12.2011 - 18:19
JohnDoe
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Written by NeedMoarKvlt on 09.12.2011 at 18:14

Written by Guest 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.
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09.12.2011 - 18:55
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Fcking overrated album
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01.03.2012 - 20:50
Rating: 10
Korah
THE best album ever, I could write a novel about it but I'll just say : Master of Metal!!!
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02.03.2012 - 19:49
Rating: 10
Pelagial
The MASTERPIECE of metal
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15.03.2012 - 00:29
HELL BENT FOR JU
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.
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15.03.2012 - 21:17
snake? snaaaake!
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Does the fact you haven't written "master of puppets" in capitals have any significant meaning?
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15.03.2012 - 21:20
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Guest 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.
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15.03.2012 - 21:33
Rating: 9
@gent_-_orange
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.
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28.03.2012 - 20:54
Rating: 9
Cyroth
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.
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27.04.2012 - 19:48
Cuca Beludo
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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...
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28.04.2012 - 20:19
Rating: 10
Soani
The best Metallica's album. The best album in the world <3
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30.04.2012 - 17:58
Rating: 8
infernaldeath87
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.
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04.05.2012 - 19:09
Rating: 10
The Melting Snow
Best Metal Album of all time
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06.05.2012 - 00:41
HELL BENT FOR JU
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!
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06.05.2012 - 17:32
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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"?
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06.05.2012 - 17:55
Rating: 9
@gent_-_orange
Where do you even start with that comment?
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