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: 3

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 (123)

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 (66)

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21.06.2014 - 19:47
Lit.
Account deleted
^My grandmother also listens to this album.

Then again, she also listens to Opeth.
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21.06.2014 - 21:07
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
Written by taset9 on 21.06.2014 at 18:17

I would accused them for defiling the pure metal.

Sounds criminal of them heh?
Written by taset9 on 21.06.2014 at 18:17

PPL this album is not heavy my grandma can listen this.

You totally convinced me. I'm not gonna listen to this
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17.08.2014 - 10:59
Rating: 7
ke ke
Why some people love "Master of puppets"? cause it's old.
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17.08.2014 - 13:26
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by ke ke on 17.08.2014 at 10:59

Why some people love "Master of puppets"? cause it's old.


So that's the reason you think it's a good album?
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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18.08.2014 - 00:24
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by ke ke on 17.08.2014 at 10:59

Why some people love "Master of puppets"? cause it's old.


I can't really imagine anyone legitimately loving an album just because it's old. I think it's that they really enjoy listening to the songs on the album. This album came out almost 30 years ago now, and is still hugely popular, so it seems clear it is enjoyed by people of all ages - those that were around when it came out and young people discovering it for the first time today. I personally first got into this album back in about 1991 and have loved it ever since. I don't listen to it much these days but I might drag it out today and give it a spin. See if it still hits the mark.
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18.08.2014 - 01:11
Ganondox
Written by Jaeryd on 27.01.2013 at 07:04

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.


Lulu is a Lou Reed album, of course it's not going to have any influence on the rest of their music. It's much better if you listen to it as a Lou Reed album as well.
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18.08.2014 - 01:19
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Ace Frawley on 18.08.2014 at 00:24
I can't really imagine anyone legitimately loving an album just because it's old.

Why not? I'm assuming that's the only reason people still love my grandparents.
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18.08.2014 - 05:31
Rating: 9
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.08.2014 at 01:19

Written by Ace Frawley on 18.08.2014 at 00:24
I can't really imagine anyone legitimately loving an album just because it's old.

Why not? I'm assuming that's the only reason people still love my grandparents.


Well that's a bit sad if it really is the only reason some people still love you grandparents.
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18.08.2014 - 08:52
Rating: 7
ke ke
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.08.2014 at 13:26

Written by ke ke on 17.08.2014 at 10:59

Why some people love "Master of puppets"? cause it's old.


So that's the reason you think it's a good album?

It's a good album but not the best of all time.not even the best metallica album.
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18.08.2014 - 09:43
Ganondox
Written by deadone on 18.08.2014 at 06:03

Written by Ganondox on 18.08.2014 at 01:11

Lulu is a Lou Reed album, of course it's not going to have any influence on the rest of their music. It's much better if you listen to it as a Lou Reed album as well.


Apparently many Lou Reed fans hated it as well.

Like it or not, it's a Metallica and Lou Reed album. Metallica play on it and they wrote the music.


Lou Reed doesn't have any fans, he lost them all with Metal Machine Music. //end joke

Lou Reed fans hate Metallica and Metallica fans hate Lou Reed, so my point still stands that there is nothing reason to believe any future releases will be anything like Lulu.
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18.08.2014 - 10:58
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Ganondox on 18.08.2014 at 01:11



Lulu is a Lou Reed album,...


It is as much a Metallicca album as it is a Lou Reed album, maybe even more Metallica than Lou Reed since Metallica wrote most of the stuff for it and played most of the music of it.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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18.08.2014 - 21:49
Ganondox
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.08.2014 at 10:58

Written by Ganondox on 18.08.2014 at 01:11



Lulu is a Lou Reed album,...


It is as much a Metallicca album as it is a Lou Reed album, maybe even more Metallica than Lou Reed since Metallica wrote most of the stuff for it and played most of the music of it.


Still, my point is this album was made for a special project, a collab with Lou Reed, so there is absolutely no reason to believe it will have any impact on future Metallica albums.
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26.10.2014 - 22:07
Rating: 10
Toxik
Written by taset9 on 21.06.2014 at 18:17

PPL this album is not heavy my grandma can listen this. This is lullaby for me. BTW Metallica sold ton of shit record and made metal more mainstream, I would accused them for defiling the pure metal.

But i don't like it because it isn't heave. Because he isn't. And you like Metal to Undergroung?
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23.12.2014 - 21:01
Rating: 10
Toxik
Written by Reinforced Steel on 14.12.2014 at 00:16

Masterpiece. Best songs (in my opinion) are: Disposable Heroes, Damage, Inc. and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - I think Master Of Puppets (song) is a bit overrated -.

I love Master Of Puppets so much because of that insannely awesome riff
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20.01.2015 - 11:52
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Damn, I wonder if I got a shitty copy because even a youtube video of the album sounds bassier and chunkier than mine that has kind of a thin sound.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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02.02.2015 - 21:20
Muerda
Greatest metal album of all time!
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19.04.2015 - 18:42
Rating: 8
Maco
Handbanana
^ It's a great album. But it's not even their best one.
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I'm derp.
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15.06.2015 - 09:44
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by zombieatemybrain on 14.06.2015 at 06:48

Hate them or love them, in the metal community, you HAVE to give respect to this.

No, I don't when I find literally half the songs decent at best.
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26.07.2015 - 17:17
Rating: 10
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by M C Vice on 15.06.2015 at 09:44

Written by zombieatemybrain on 14.06.2015 at 06:48

Hate them or love them, in the metal community, you HAVE to give respect to this.

No, I don't when I find literally half the songs decent at best.

I think its best TM album ever where all album are whit good songs and at same level. Its just album album, where song after song its good and strong. This why this band was in many aspects different as other music, best band. seems they grow out of teenage thrash party thing and try write adult thrash metal, where you don't jump and moshputm but simply listen album at home whit some good beer
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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29.07.2016 - 22:41
Rating: 7
TrueMetalJope
This could be great album, if not ruined by some overlong, boring and weak songs. On the other hand I'm a huge fan of the songs "Battery", "Welcome Home" and "Damage, Inc." so the album is kinda mixed listening experience for me. When I'm listening to this there's always at least some skipping, which already means that I cannot regard this album as high as the two previous masterpieces. This skipping often includes the album's title track which is to me just one of those ok songs that raises the question of should or should not I listen to this this time? It's that damn, slow middle part that turns the song from great to just ok.

I WOULD recommend this album to pussies, since about half of these songs aren't as extreme as that Metallica from their earlier albums.
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17.08.2016 - 17:46
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.08.2014 at 01:19

Written by Ace Frawley on 18.08.2014 at 00:24
I can't really imagine anyone legitimately loving an album just because it's old.

Why not? I'm assuming that's the only reason people still love my grandparents.

I literally lol'd. This is why we need you back.
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18.08.2016 - 02:41
Glorfindel_80
Written by TrueMetalJope on 29.07.2016 at 22:41

This could be great album, if not ruined by some overlong, boring and weak songs. On the other hand I'm a huge fan of the songs "Battery", "Welcome Home" and "Damage, Inc." so the album is kinda mixed listening experience for me. When I'm listening to this there's always at least some skipping, which already means that I cannot regard this album as high as the two previous masterpieces. This skipping often includes the album's title track which is to me just one of those ok songs that raises the question of should or should not I listen to this this time? It's that damn, slow middle part that turns the song from great to just ok.

I WOULD recommend this album to pussies, since about half of these songs aren't as extreme as that Metallica from their earlier albums.



It's the Morricone and Bach-esque intros, as well as an interlude, and the recycling of riff which let the album down. It's a band trying to be progressive and really, it's all just window dressing. RTL was genuinely progressive. MOP is not.
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16.02.2017 - 02:10
Rating: 10
lordosolivais
Pode não ser um dos maiores álbuns de todos os tempos do heavy metal, mas certamente chega perto em muitos aspectos.
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