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Metallica - Master Of Puppets

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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: 5

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
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"

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (125)

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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.

published 25.01.2010 | Comments (23)

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Cal Wolvington
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.

published 06.06.2012 | Comments (67)

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09.07.2021 - 11:28
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Written by F3ynman2000 on 08.07.2021 at 19:52

Master of Puppets' stronger side is side 2. And Escape on RTL is a weaker song. That said, the rest of side 2 on RTL is amazing: Trapped Under Ice is a great thrash song (better than Damage Inc, for example), Creeping Death is one of Metallica's best songs ever, and Call of Ktulu is super epic and haunting (I slightly prefer it over Orion).
Plus, if we compare weakest songs on MoP and RTL, Escape is better than Thing because it has more variety within 4 minutes, while Thing is just one riff for 6 minutes.
So in my opinion RTL > MoP (I'd probably give RTL a 9.8/10 and MoP a 8.6/10)

I agree that RTL is superior to MOP, as far as I'm concerned Escape is the only song on RTL I thought was slightly weak, but it's still better than a few songs off MOP.
My opinion on MOP has changed a lot over the years, first I really liked it, then that quickly wore off, now I'm liking it a little bit more again.

There has always been a debate with Metallica fans over which one of these two is their best, but RTL will always be my favourite Metallica album.

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