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

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 (125)

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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02.01.2019 - 22:35
Rating: 4
Maasai Mara
The single most overrated album in the history of heavy metal. Battery and the title track are good but the rest of the album is as average as average comes. This album in essence killed Metallica and derailed what was on course to be the greatest melodic thrash acts of all time. These bastards should have dissolved Metallica after the magnificent ride the lightning and started a new band altogether to produce the garbage that began taking root here and Metallica fed us with afterwards.
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25.03.2019 - 18:42
Byners
Written by Maasai Mara on 02.01.2019 at 22:35

The single most overrated album in the history of heavy metal. Battery and the title track are good but the rest of the album is as average as average comes. This album in essence killed Metallica and derailed what was on course to be the greatest melodic thrash acts of all time. These bastards should have dissolved Metallica after the magnificent ride the lightning and started a new band altogether to produce the garbage that began taking root here and Metallica fed us with afterwards.


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16.08.2019 - 00:34
Furiator
The most overrated album ever?

I don't know, I really don't get it. I like other Metallica stuff. This often seems quite generic, honestly.
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14.04.2020 - 21:57
Maco
Classless
The mighty title track alone is superior to anything released by this band afterwards.
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15.04.2020 - 01:38
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo
I honestly also thought this album was the most overrated thing ever until I actually listened it through few times. Nowadays it's one of my favourite albums of all time. Sadly, they haven't released anything even remotely this level of brilliance since.

If I remember correctly, Flemming Rasmussen wasn't happy with the rushed release and production of Master of Puppets, so when he later worked with the band Artillery he utilized some the original plans he had for this album. But this is just my wage memory, I don't remember where I actually read it.
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15.04.2020 - 12:02
Rating: 10
gavdann
After Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind and Deep Purple's Machine Head, Master of Puppets was the third "heavy" album I ever bought. That would have been around Feb/March '87. I was 15 and it changed my world. For the best part of six months, I listened to little else than Metallica. These days Ride & Master vie for position but usually, I say this is my favourite album of all time as it was the first.

Ride arguably contains more of their best songs but this contains it's fair share and is probably more consistent. Both are fucking classics. 10 out of 10. There should be no argument as far as I'm concerned. Anyone who disagrees is a fucking poseur or just doesn't like metal. You look at that track listing and there isn't a bad second of music on that record, let alone a bad track.

Kill Em All and Justice are almost as good as well in my view (if a little bloated in the case of Justice). I always viewed the Black album as a solid but unspectacular record but since, it's been a case of ever diminishing returns. You could make a case for the odd good song scattered among the rest of their albums but I never play them.
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20.05.2020 - 14:01
Rating: 10
Paulh
01. Battery - 10/10
02. Master Of Puppets - 10/10
03. The Thing That Should Not Be - 10/10
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - 10/10
05. Disposable Heroes - 10/10
06. Leper Messiah - 10/10
07. Orion - 10/10
08. Damage, Inc. - 10/10

Overall: 10/10
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03.08.2020 - 08:28
Rating: 8
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
This album is the Nirvana "Smells like Teen Spirit" of heavy metal.

It killed heavy metal.
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03.08.2020 - 12:16
Rating: 10
gavdann
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 03.08.2020 at 08:28

This album is the Nirvana "Smells like Teen Spirit" of heavy metal.

It killed heavy metal.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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03.08.2020 - 13:01
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 03.08.2020 at 08:28

This album is the Nirvana "Smells like Teen Spirit" of heavy metal.

It killed heavy metal.


I don't get it. Is this some sort of ironic reference to that infamous rant in Metal Archives? You know, this one: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Metallica/Master_of_Puppets/547/UltraBoris/147
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04.08.2020 - 00:06
nikarg
Mod
Written by Metal Rambo on 03.08.2020 at 13:01

I don't get it. Is this some sort of ironic reference to that infamous rant in Metal Archives? You know, this one: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Metallica/Master_of_Puppets/547/UltraBoris/147

I had no idea this pile of crap existed. I only managed to read the first 3-4 paragraphs and it stopped being funny fairly quickly. I wish we had it here for the comments alone.
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05.08.2020 - 00:03
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
01. Battery - 10/10 (killer)
02. Master Of Puppets - 8/10 (minus two points for the slow part)
03. The Thing That Should Not Be - 5/10 (boring)
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - 9/10 (great, could be thrashier)
05. Disposable Heroes - 6/10 (nothing special, not bad either)
06. Leper Messiah - 5/10 (eh)
07. Orion - 6/10 (starts good, drags later)
08. Damage, Inc. - 10/10 (another killer)

Overall: 7,375/10

Additional comments: One of the most overrated metal albums the world has ever seen, in my opinion. I cannot vote it very low though because there's some good songs to it. I can see the band going somewhat astray already on this album, something that more people acknowledge happening on later albums; it is in the overly long songs IMO; more thrash or some more interesting songwriting is needed. Anyway, I don't think this album killed metal: maybe it wasn't the best possible influence for the copycats, but whatever (grunge?) killed thrash came from outside rather inside of the genre.
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05.08.2020 - 00:16
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Written by gavdann on 15.04.2020 at 12:02

Ride arguably contains more of their best songs but this contains it's fair share and is probably more consistent. Both are fucking classics. 10 out of 10. There should be no argument as far as I'm concerned. Anyone who disagrees is a fucking poseur or just doesn't like metal. You look at that track listing and there isn't a bad second of music on that record, let alone a bad track.


I disagree, and am I poser LMAO? Other possibility is to say whoever agrees with you has either heard only two songs from MoP (=poser) or is being unrealistic
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05.08.2020 - 11:35
Rating: 10
gavdann
Written by Jope of Steele on 05.08.2020 at 00:16

Written by gavdann on 15.04.2020 at 12:02

Ride arguably contains more of their best songs but this contains it's fair share and is probably more consistent. Both are fucking classics. 10 out of 10. There should be no argument as far as I'm concerned. Anyone who disagrees is a fucking poseur or just doesn't like metal. You look at that track listing and there isn't a bad second of music on that record, let alone a bad track.


I disagree, and am I poser LMAO? Other possibility is to say whoever agrees with you has either heard only two songs from MoP (=poser) or is being unrealistic

How you can say Disposable Heroes and Leper Messiah are "Nothing special" or "eh" is beyond me.

Then again, I fucking despise Manowar so we're never going to agree!
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06.08.2020 - 13:38
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Written by gavdann on 05.08.2020 at 11:35

How you can say Disposable Heroes and Leper Messiah are "Nothing special" or "eh" is beyond me.

Then again, I fucking despise Manowar so we're never going to agree!


I haven't seen anyone saying that Disposable Heroes and Leper Messiah are masterpiece songs or even best from this album. Of course fanboys will say that these songs are couple of points better than what I say, but if you translate their evaluation to my scoring -- aka minus the fanboy bias -- it will match almost perfectly: just lower 2-3 points from both songs

I'm not a Manowar advocate, look more closely -- I agree with you about Ride The Lighting though
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12.08.2020 - 13:02
Rating: 10
gavdann
Written by Jope of Steele on 06.08.2020 at 13:38

I haven't seen anyone saying that Disposable Heroes and Leper Messiah are masterpiece songs or even best from this album.

Disposable Heroes is a stone walled classic in my opinion. It might not be THE best on MoP but it's in my top 3 or 4. And although not many would claim Leper Messiah is one of Metallica's best tunes, as we're comparing with RtL it is better than "Escape"! It's a proper head banger.
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28.10.2020 - 21:26
Rating: 7
doez
It's alright I guess, never been too big on them and this album certainly doesn't help, I'd put it in the most overrated albums of all time alongside judas priest's painkiller. I still like most track and definitely enjoy listening to it but it's not really what I'd call a masterpiece, there's no song I particularly love so yeah I'd put it somewhere along the lines of a 6 or a 7
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29.10.2020 - 15:10
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Metallica's writing style annoys the shit out of me.

Banger thrash song for 3-4 minutes, sounds good? SYYYYYYKE, let's add 4 more minutes of guitar noodling for no reason.

Repeat for 40 minutes.
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29.10.2020 - 15:51
Rating: 7
Jope of Steele
Written by doez on 28.10.2020 at 21:26

I'd put it in the most overrated albums of all time alongside judas priest's painkiller.


Can't agree about Painkiller, it's pretty amazing album really. Has some authority in metal started brainwashing people to hate it Puppet's being overrated I agree and the another one would be Countdown to Extinction by Megadave.
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29.10.2020 - 16:28
Rating: 7
doez
Written by Jope of Steele on 29.10.2020 at 15:51

Written by doez on 28.10.2020 at 21:26

I'd put it in the most overrated albums of all time alongside judas priest's painkiller.


Has some authority in metal started brainwashing people to hate it

I don't really watch a lot in terms of metal content on YouTube and other social medias, and pretty much everyone I know loves this album, I just listened to it a few times and found it immensely boring. And also I wholeheartedly agree with countdown to extinction being overrated, truly not the greatest megadeth album and a big letdown from rust in peace
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