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Heavy metal, and rock in general, really was in the doldrums in the 1980s. The old guard had either run out of ideas, died or split up, and the overwhelmingly popularity of poodle-rock or hair-metal bands had reduced the genre to a joke. However, Metallica refused to bow to the trends of huge hair, eyeshadow and rubbish songs, and made sure they put a lot of sonic muscle into their expertly crafted metal. Their third album, ''Master of Puppets'', demonstrates this excellently.
Sinister Spanish chords that open the album on ''Battery'', making it sound as though the listener is on their way to an Old West gunfight from which they won''t return. It doesn''t take long for the band to kick into a thrashy groove that gallops and thunders along in a way appropriate to the title. The title track follows on, and its bludgeoning riff is one of the most memorable in metal.
It''s not all out-and-out heaviness though, and there''s a strong sense of melody on instrumental ''Orion'', which features a waltz-timing halfway through, of all things.
Predominantly written by bassist Cliff Burton, Master of Puppets shows the band coming of age. It''s angry, thoughtful, passionate and deftly constructed and played with ferocity. Tackling themes such as cocaine addiction, mental breakdown, the banality of warfare, it''s not one that''s necessarily going to be the most life affirming on the surface, but its timeless power is cathartic. It''s also massively influential, making its mark on heavy metal on the likes of Pantera and Machine Head.
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Master of Puppets is the third studio album released by Metallica in 1986, and considered by many (including myself) to be their finest work.
It is the last last Metallica album to feature bassist Cliff Burton who died when the band's tour bus fell on him in Sweden when promoting the album.
'Battery' is the first track, opening with a simple acoustic riff until, after a heavy version of the same riff, it plunges into a definitive galloping thrash riff.
This standard metal songwriting tactic of 'have a clean bit before the heavy bit so the heavy bit seems much heavier' has been used before and since by Metallica and their contemporaries, but has rarely been used to such devastating effect, and as the album continues it is developed even further.
Before you've had time to recover from 'Battery' the opening riff of 'Master of Puppets' hits you square in the nuts with its four opening chords that are famous throughout the world of metal. Intelligently written both musically and lyrically this high quality writing continues through slower tracks such as 'Leper Messiah' and 'The Thing That Should Not Be' - one of Metallica's many odes to the writings of American horror author H.P. Lovecraft.
There isn't a weak track on the album - 'Disposable Heroes' combines classic thrash with an anti-war message and 'Sanitarium' is one of the most varied and powerful tracks Metallica have ever come up with. There are long melodic bridges in many of the tracks with smooth transmissions into either riff reprisals or nuclear guitar solos. It's intelligent, sophisticated metal that dissolves any assumptions or preconceptions about the genre in a big bath of musical acid.
After these songs have finished kicking your guts out the penultimate instrumental track 'Orion' takes you on a stellar journey. The first third of the song is similar to Black Sabbath's 'Planet Caravan' and also has prog/stoner influences. It's slower and more melodic than all the other songs, and even after all these years is still conducive to tranquility upon listening.
The final song 'Damage Inc' is a classic thrash face-punch which bookends 'Battery', perfectly completing the journey.
Listen to this album. Even if you don't like metal. It is one of the finest albums that has ever been produced in the genre.
"Master of Puppets" is the 3rd studio album by American thrash metal band, Metallica. It was released in 1986 on Elektra Records and produced by Flemming Rasmussen. The line-up for the album was James Hetfield (vocals/guitar), Kirk Hammett (guitar), Cliff Burton (bass) and Lars Ulrich (drums).
Clifford Lee Burton was just 24 years old when he lost his life in a bus crash and he left behind a legacy with the first 3 Metallica albums to his credit, 1986 masterpiece "Master of Puppets" being the last of those. The album was released nearly 7 months prior to the accident and was produced by Flemming Rasmussen with Metallica. It is widely regarded as one of the best heavy metal albums ever recorded. Is it any good? Let's find out!
The album kicks off with "Battery" and while it might start slow with a brooding acoustic intro, it soon sticks two fingers up at other thrash metal bands and says "right, try this for size." Put simply, it's a thrash metal classic with some of the most insane riffing on any record, ever. If you're a fan of thrash metal and you don't like this song, there is something seriously wrong in your head and you'd probably be better off listening to Boyzone or something like that. It's a song about war and the battlefield in general. A battery was a unit of artillery that carried very heavy firepower. You can guarantee that you will hear this song at every Metallica gig, and rightly so. There is some really good drumming on this song - timely beats and furious pounding of the snares - even though when asked if Lars was the best drummer in the world, Hetfield replied "He's not even the best drummer in Metallica!" What I like the most with the song is Hammett's insane solo that pulls out all the tricks.
The title song is up next, and the longest song on the album punches harder than Mike Tyson in his prime. "Master of Puppets" is a song about drugs and how you think you're fully in control but you're being mastered by the drug itself. I love the intro on the song that has a hard riff but the best thing about the song is Hetfield's vocals. Now I'm a fan of early Metallica and not a fan of anything after this album's successor. It seemed as Hetfield was growing older his vocals changed and this album is the last of his aggressive singing. When I was growing up, this song was one I played a lot. I really like the breakdown which leads into the bridge that consists of a steady guitar solo from Hammett and then comes the thrash. It's a great song and the album has kicked off with two very fine tracks.
"The Thing That Should Not Be" is one of those songs that frustrates a little too much. It's definitely a good song, but it seems to drag on a little. If anything, I think the track should have been a couple of minutes less in length. It's probably the only song off the album that I rarely come back to and I tend to skip it whenever I play all the tracks. There are some good parts, however, as Hetfield's vocals sound excellent. They're angry and evil - just how thrash metal should be - but what I love the most about the track is the magnificent solo. Hammett has obviously been listening to what Slayer was doing with "Hell Awaits" and thought to himself that he has to do something which matches that at least. The song is loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", a mythical novella which was first published in 1936.
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is a song that I absolutely adore. The song is, according to Hetfield, about the excellent film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and the things that Randall P. McMurphy (played brilliantly by Jack Nicholson) sees during his time in a mental institution. There is so much harmony about the song that it's impossible to pick out one here and there that sounds great, but I think the bridge is the best part of the track, especially with the guitar solos which sound poignant, and the ending of the song is of epic proportions. It's difficult to say whether I think this is the best song on the album, but it's certainly very close to being if it isn't. Many label the track as "Fade to Black 2" because of the thrash ballad similarities, but I don't think it's fair to do that.
"Disposable Heroes" is a song about war. The narrator is on the battlefield and he's realising that it's not pretend any more - this is for real. He's looking at bodies all around him and the training is starting to take over as he gets used to machine gun fire and killing for his country. This is another cracking song that I never grow tired of. I really enjoy the intro with its chugging guitar backing up a strum riff that gives a bit of strength to the meaning of the song. It is one of three lengthy tracks on the album which are over eight minutes long but that doesn't take away from the quality in any way. Metallica isn't known for its backing vocals, but I love hearing Cliff on this track. I love the ending minute or so where it winds down and then speeds up in a frenzy as it finishes.
"Leper Messiah" is a song that I often wonder if I like or I don't like. I do like the intro with its fast fade-in guitar riff that's broken up by a great bass line, and it has good harmony but I think it doesn't quite fit in with an album full of brilliant thrash numbers. I especially love the bridge-turned-outro as this is where the track speeds up and becomes a true thrash monster, but that's where the good stuff shines through and they're in small doses. It is a song about the televangelist explosion in the 1980s - how the preachers preyed on people looking for guidance by offering to take all their money in exchange for blessings from God. The preachers get rich, the flock get poor, and that's the way it was.
"Orion" is the instrumental song of the album. It's a track which contains three very good guitar solos and two even better bass solos from Cliff Burton, and it was even played at his funeral. What I like the most about this number is its complexity without sounding too elaborate, if that makes sense. This is a masterpiece of a song and Cliff's bass sounds incredible, which is a tribute to how good he could actually play and I actually thing that second bass solo is the best thing on the entire album, especially as it leads into another insane guitar solo and more thrash parts which close the song out. RIP Cliff.
"Damage, Inc." Is an absolute face melter of a track when it gets going. It begins with an almost spatial intro, but that's quickly forgotten when the guitar riffs begin after a minute or so. This is Metallica at its best once more, and there aren't many thrash metal songs that can go toe-to-toe with it. There's another trademark Kirk Hammett ripping solo near the end but it's the band as a whole which wins the day here. Lars Ulrich shows the masses that he's a competent drummer, while Cliff's bass is pounding alongside him, equally backing up the two thrash-tastic guitars.
In summary, ask any fan of 80s thrash to name their top 20 albums and "Master of Puppets" will be in the top 5. 25 years on, it still gets a regular outing on my iPod. If you only got into Metallica because of "Load" and "Reload", this album is probably not for you. If you've been a fan since the early days, you most certainly already have it. Sure, there are one of two bad eggs, or rather, one or two tracks which don't really fit the album, but I'm certain had they been kept for the Metallica of the future, they may have sounded even better. As it is, this is Metallica as I like them to be. This is the thrash metal version of what was the best thrash band on the planet.
2. Master of Puppets
3. The Thing That Should Not Be
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Disposable Heroes
6. Leper Messiah
8. Damage, Inc.
My rating: 9/10
By the time Master of Puppets hit the shelves in 1986 Metallica had already established themselves as the world's foremost purveyors of straight-up Thrash Metal. The band were relatively young at this stage in their careers, having only released two studio albums prior and still exhibiting the pockmarked faces of their recent teenage years. Regardless of their wet ears they chugged along steadily, carving a neat trough right through the centre of the showy glitz of their glam metal counterparts, and in 1986 they completely destroyed any doubt that they were anything but the best. Master of Puppets blew out the speakers worldwide and is still cited as the band's greatest album to date by the vast majority of their fans.
"Ride the Lightening", the band's previous release, was perhaps the most refined and most socially aware album the band had produced to date; Master of Puppets took these elements and bumped them up a notch. The mark of true artists and innovators is their willingness to render obsolete the work which came before, including that of their own back catalogue, and this is something the band has never shied away from. Discussing everything from the horrors of war to religious indoctrination Master of Puppets (or Paster of Muppets, as it's affectionately known!) is an important album both in its discussion of these contentious topics and in the fact of it being one of the last times the band would ever overtly discuss such issues. It's perhaps more notable for the fact that it's the final album which features the band's legendary bassist Cliff Burton, who tragically died in a bus accident during the supporting tour. His influence and contribution to Master of Puppets was such that his name should be the first one out of your mouth when listing the album's personnel.
The opening track, "Battery", is something of a wake-up call for first time listeners. It begins with a gorgeous acoustic passage which is dripping with flamenco overtones, then segues into a distorted electric guitar version of the same, creating a vast, epic, booming harmony. It's all very pleasant and inviting, that is until the syncopated drumming supporting harsh, galloping guitar riffs comes bursting into your skull, rattling your eyeballs in their sockets. Welcome to Thrash Town.
After several minutes of punchy drumming and rumbling distortion we're introduced to the band's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, who treats us to one of his more manic selections of guitar shredding. He kicks on the Wha-Wha pedal and ravages the strings mercilessly for the better part of a minute, leaving your ears wondering if there had been a nuclear blast somewhere nearby. God I love metal.
The album's title track comes next, opening with what is perhaps the most recognisable guitar riff ever to come out of the metal scene. A thump of guitars, bass, drums, and then a pause. Then a descending run of guitars punctuated by occasional blasts of bass and drums. And we're off! The track is a fine example of how Metallica generally structure their songs; they write riff after riff and find a way of sewing them together, and the clearly audible seams are a large part of why the songs work so well, especially within a genre as rebellious and obnoxious as Thrash Metal.
The song features several distinct segments with numerous lead guitar breaks and solos. The tempo is something to behold, with the majority of the track being played at 220 BPM (and the guitars are played predominately with down-strokes at this blistering speed, which is something my fellow musicians will no doubt appreciate!). Sinking to a half-time feel during the central passages of the song we're caressed with lush, harmonised guitars trickling with delay and reverb. James Hetfield, the band's vocalist and rhythm guitarist, tries his hand at lead guitar here and provides us with a guitar solo as soulful as anything Hammett has ever produced.
Lyrically the song deals with drug addiction, dependency and the inevitable surrender of control to both the drug and the dealer. Lines such as "Chop your breakfast on a mirror" are fairly blunt, perhaps too literal for some, but the line conjures up an image which is as perfect as one could ask for. The drug addict here is clearly waking up to lines of cocaine, starting the day as he/she means to go on; in a haze, not willing to endure reality for even an hour or two, perhaps not able to under the weight of the gorilla on his/her back. The song is played live at pretty much every single gig, and was even featured on The Simpsons - you know you've arrived when you're donned in yellow skin with four fingers on each hand!
The album features what has become an almost obligatory Metallica trademark - the instrumental. "Orion" is the band's most expansive and intriguing work to date, showcasing numerous examples of how mature the band's musicianship has become. Contrary to what the guitar and bass tablature books will tell you, the majority of the song's more melodic passages are played entirely on bass, not guitar. One of the secrets of Cliff Burton's unique bass playing style is his uncanny ability to both mimic and out-perform standard guitars in terms of the soul, passion and virtuosity he can summon on those four fat strings; the talent which earned him a place in the band to begin with.
The documentary films Paradise Lost 1 & 2 (and soon to be 3) feature passages from Orion and several other Metallica songs on its soundtrack, with fandom of Metallica being one of the pieces of evidence offered in the trial of three teenagers who allegedly murder three children, which is the subject of the documentaries [see: West Memphis Three]. The band allowed their music to be used for free in the films, such was their shock at how horribly misguided the trial had been and how the evidence seemed to point to an insane witch-hunt which ended with three innocent men winding up in prison. The melodic passages of Orion afford a certain majesty and depth to the films which might otherwise have been absent, which is 100% thanks to Burton's influence on the writing process. His classical tastes are obvious throughout the album, and Orion is the prime example of how he has seamlessly assimilated these tastes into metal. His death was a genuine tragedy for lovers of metal in general and Metallica in particular.
The production of the album was assigned to Elektra Records, who recorded it during 1985. The album's distinctive tone is perhaps indicative of the Marshal amps used as opposed to the direction of the producers, given that the same outfit had produced the band's previous albums without ever hitting this kind of tone. The album is tighter sounding than those which came before it, and the punchiness of the guitars is something later albums have felt barren without.
Master of Puppets is an album which is the absolute pinnacle of Thrash Metal, and it's the last album of the old Metallica both in terms of its line-up and its general direction. ...and Justice For All, the next album released by the band, is for me the band's best but it lacks that old-school flavour which gives Master of Puppets its edge. The album is a favourite of fans, critics and metal historians alike, and should be the first stop for any newcomer to the genre or the band. For under a fiver on Amazon.co.uk you'd be a numpty not to have a listen.
[ Track Listing ]
02. Master of Puppets
03. The Thing That Should Not Be
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
05. Disposable Heroes
06. Leper Messiah
08. Damage, Inc.
Recorded at Sweet Silence Studios in Denmark in 1985 and released on Elektra Records, Music for Nations and Vertigo Records. £4.76 on Amazon.co.uk as of the date of this review.
This album is one that changed my life. From the acoustic opening of battery to the guitar assault at the end of Damage INC. This album is such a big influence on many bands today and so it should be. This album came at a pivotal point in the bands career. Being their third album the band had chance to grow and to discover who they really where. At only 8 tracks you might be tricked in to thinking this is a short album. Well with the shortest track at 5:10 (Battery) and the longest being 8:36 (Master of puppets) you are in for 1 hell of a longer ride than you where expecting. The main reason this album is so good is that it was when Metallica where showing signs of maturing, instead of just for going all out thrash. From acoustic openings, to the melody break in the title track, to a string section just before Damage INC kicks in, and finally the 2nd of 3 instrumentals in the bands career. Those where some signs of greater things to come, so that Metallica could go on to be the stadium conquering giants they are today. With Metallica having such a strict recording process, it was bound to get good results. The production on this album is brilliant, with no mistakes by the band and brilliantly mixed this album shines both on vinyl (the best way to listen to this album in my opinion) or on C.D. or MP3.
Yes I know its not as heavy as Ride The Lightning and yes I know its not as accessible as Metallica (The Black Album). But the fact is this album is a brilliant go between the two. If you pick any album to start your Metallica journey, this has to be the one.
Master of Puppets is Heavy metal band Metallica's third album, released in 1916. Thrash metal was basically born from this CD and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
It's opening track, Battery, starts with a calm acoustic intoduction, but the mood quickly changes into a much heavier, thrashier feel around one minute in to the song.
After Battery, the albums awesome title track kicks in. At 8:35 minutes, it features some of the best riffs in the whole of the metal genre. Its vicous tone stops about halfway through the song to make way for the interlude and first solo, then one short verse before the main guitar solo kicks in and launches the song once more in to the full pelt rage which it is known for.
The album also features the instrumental Orion. Orion is a calm, slow song with a wickedly weird bass guitar solo by Cliff Burton. Two other extremely thrashy songs are Disposable Heroes, a song about a soldier with absouloutely no control over his life, and Leper Messiah, a song about a fake Messiah being worshipped and getting drunk with power.
2) Master of Puppets
3) The Thing That Should Not Be
4) Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5) Disposable Heroes
6) Leper Messiah
8) Damage, Inc.
Master of Puppets is, in my opinion, not quite as good as The Black Album (Metallica's self-titled album), but it's still an absolute classic of the genre, and certainly one of the best metal albums ever written. In many ways the clout they established from this album allowed them to graduate to greater pastures, such as the aforementioned Black Album - it is a definite sign of progress, of a band working towards their magnum opus, and it is utterly fantastic.
The first song on the album is Battery, in what has now become a classic for the band and something of a live staple song (as I realised when I saw Metallica at Sonisphere and everyone went NUTS when it came on). It's utterly frenzied and crazy, and will make any self-respecting metalhead start moving their head without a doubt!
Master of Puppets, however, is the real treat and probably the most famous song on the album. At the chorus it involves James Hetfield shouting "Obey your...MASTER...MASTER!" frequently, and is a great one for getting people into a frenzy. The lyrics are also very clever and devious, and it has an absolutely blistering solo.
One of my favourite songs on the album also is Welcome Home (Sanitarium). It's in many ways an expert exercise in the peak and trough form of music - it rests in soft verses and then explodes into fast and heavy choruses, but then these lines get blurred, and the band just explode into a frenzy. It also allows Lars Ulrich to flex his muscles a bit with some meaty drum parts.
Orion is also another fan favourite - every Metallica fan knows this song. It's a clever melding of excellent lyrics, flawless guitar work, and of course, Lars going absolutely mental on the drums.
It's a seminal metal album without which so many of the classics wouldn't have been made today. This is angry, heavy, desperately chaotic music that stands as one of the best albums of its genre and will stay that way for decades to come, I imagine.
The album Master of Puppets is the third studio album by America's highest selling Metal band. It was released March 3rd 1986 and has since sold over 6 million copies in the USA alone. It is also the last album to be recorded with bassist Cliff Burton before a fatal bus accident while touring for the album.
The album is considered one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time and is considered a classic by critics and the band alike. The songs mainly focus on losing control and the intensity of the riffs really shows this.
Lead vocals/ guitar: James Hetfield
Drums: Lars Ulrich
Bass: Cliff Burton
Lead guitar: Kirk Hammet
The opening track begins with a very harmonic tune using three acoustic guitars until bass and drums come in to play a more distorted version of the harmony. But a minute in is the reason that I think that this song is the most immense and powerful song I have ever heard. The song details what I can only see as some kind of assault and uses extremely immense lyrics to show this. The riff continues throughout the song with a couple of solos to make this song truly epic. An amazing opening track that can be listened to over and over and the lyrics never fail to stick in your head.
Master of Puppets- 8:35
This track opens with an amazingly raw riff that instantly allows you to get into the song. The lyrics talk about drugs taking over the mind though is often mistaken to be a story of slavery or something along those lines but either way they really show how creative the band has become because this 8 minute long song is full of melodies, different verses and tonnes of solos. Master of Puppets is often considered Metallica's signature song and is bar far the best off the album and again also never fails to stick in your mind. I really just cant say enough about this track so if you are a metal fan I recommend you listen to this track if any off the album.
The Thing That Should not be- 6:36
This song is in my opinion the heaviest track off of Master of Puppets second only to Damage Inc and really took me a long time to figure out its meaning. At first I thought it was talking about the Kraken from myths but now I've come to the conclusion that it is actually a reference to Cthulu (the same Ktulu from Ride the Lightning) who is the God of insanity in certain literature of which Cliff Burton was known to read.
The song itself has a great tune and an amazing solo and all in all the song has been pieced together superbly. When you think it's about to wind down more lyrics come which is why I love Metallica, they use this technique a lot.
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)- 6:27
Sanitarium begins with a melody like Battery but shorter and doesn't turn into full blown mayhem (a mad riff). This song continues with the theme of insanity and powerlessness and as the song progresses the lyrics become sharper as does Hetfield's voice making the song get more and more intense. The main riff is actually quite soothing in a way but there are quite a few more intense solos especially towards the end. Another deep song.
Disposable Heroes- 8:17
The song immediately opens into a heavy riff that continues through out most of the song and is extremely fast paced and there is also some amazing solos in this piece but I think that it is really the lyrics that make this song one of my favourites off the album. The song deals with the very controversial subject of war and how young men who have barely lived are sent to war as mere cannon fodder. Hetfield really captures emotions here and the lyrics are incredibly deep. The album cover actually depicts this song and not Master of Puppets as you can se the helmet and dog tags on the forward crosses.
Leper Messiah- 5:40
Leper Messiah talks about religion and how people are blindly sucked into false religion much like Disposable Heroes and the government. I don't think Metallica are anti-religion but I've read sources that state that this song is more James' own personal experiences. The lyrics themselves I think lack the power of the rest of the album though they still have impact when looked at closely and the tune isn't the best on the album but there are still some decent solos and the lyrics really stick in your head.
This is Metallica's third instrumental and was mainly composed by Cliff Burton and was also played at his funeral as a remembrance which I think is fitting because the introduction was done by Burton and there are also two bass solos commonly mistaken as guitar solos in this song. The song is composed brilliantly and contains many solos. Orion is easily my favourite instrumental ever and definitely worth listening to.
Damage Inc- 5:27
After Orion finishes very very quietly it's only fitting that Damage Inc should open with a calm melody but then powers into an extremely heavy riff swearing included. The lyrics are so powerful and the riff just amazing and starting at 3:14 changes into a superbly catchy tune complete with amazing lyrics then ending in an extremely intense solo that is probably the fastest thing on the album. Then, typically Metallica James powers into more powerful lyrics to finish the song and leaving you wanting more.
Overall this album is superbly heavy, contains Metallica's most classic tracks and I would say it's probably Metallica's heaviest and fastest albums but that's for you to decide. Thanks for reading, please comment.
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Master of Puppets by Metallica is in my opinion the best album that they have released. I bought this album for £10 from Virgin and thought it was a resonable price but now you can get it for £6 from Amazon which really is a very good deal. The album contains just 8 tracks but you must not forget that these songs are 5 minutes and longer so I felt it was justifiably so. The album was released in March 1986 and has now become 6x Platinum, proving its success and popularity!
The album itself is very much heavy metal and if you have not heard of Metallica before they are a very famous heavy metal band. Within the album there are some great hits such as "Battery" which has a great intro with the acoustic guitar and then it becommes progressivly heavier which is what I like about it. "Master of puppets" which gives its name to the album is classed as one of Metallica's best and it is no supprise. The guitar riffs in this song really are outstanding and the guitar solo's throughout will keep you well entertained thoughout. I cannot tell you how good this song is if you havn't heard it.
I really like "Welcome home (Sanitarium)" because it seems to have a different more acoustic style to it with a fantastic chorus, the guitar solo is truly umbelivable! All of these songs are quite similar in style and have Metallica's signature sound. There is also many other great things about the other albums within the album. I really think this is a well produced album and despite being short containing just 8 tracks they are all of a very high quality and you can really hear that a lot of effort has been put into it. the album is diverse in terms of melodies but the style of music is very similar. "Orion" for example, has a fantastic intro with a very heavy guiatr lead played throughout.
If you are a fan of heavy metal music I would really recommend this album because it really is one of the best albums I have ever bought. Even if you are not a heavy metal fan at heart I would recommend trying it because Metallica to produce some maginificent songs as shown in this album. I hope this was useful and thank you vey much for reading!
The standing point in metallica's career. What most metallers would call a lbum that defined a generation. This came to be one of the finest metal pieces ever released. Each track designates itself from different walks of life.
Here are the tracks to certain set up.
1. Battery - This song starts the album with the suspenseful acoustic guitar sounds. Dueling together to a mighty crash of drums and distorted guitar. But with a sudden thud of drums in comes the thrashing guitars, shredding to what still is my favorite riff. At 1:29 the vocals break into speeding frenzy with such powerful lines like SMASHING THROUGH THE BOUNDARIES/ LUNACY HAS FOUND ME/ CANNOT KILL THE BATTERY. A phenomenal start to the album
2. Master of Puppets - Trouncing on the near 9 minute mark, you'd be surprised to hear that this is what would've been the single if it were released that way. A song of epic proportions, Specially designed riffs to shred hard and love more. Lyrics created around the torture of cocaine abuse, as heard from the lyrics "NEEDLEWORK YOUR WAY/ NEVER YOU BETRAY/ LIFE OR DEATH BECOMING CLEARER". A Genuine crowd-pleaser
3. The Thing That Should Not Be - Intros into a sort of jaws-like moment, This song is the second metallica track to have references to horror stories by HP Lovecraft. FEARLESS WRETCH/ INSANITY/ HE WATCHES LURKING BENEATH THE SEA. Slow, Heavy, and Good to bop your head to.
4. Welcome Home Sanitarium - The first ballad (sorta) The song goes into such a feel of sadness. Kinda reminded me of one flew over the cuckoos nest with mcmurphy stuck in an asylum, wishing to be free. but then again thats just first verse, the second covers the fear of freedom. and just when you are cosy to all the soft melodies, With just 4 words it breaks into a metal massacre "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE" Devine Music
5. Disposable Heroes - With the harrowing echoes of the gulf war, and the current war in iraq, This song shows a part of metallica that we rarely see (Political). Thrashing guitar blazing through the entire song. Lyrics leave more to the imagination Soldier boy, made of clay/ Now an empty shell/ Twenty one, only son/ But he served us well/ Bred to kill, not to care/ Just do as we say/ Finished here, greeting death/ Hes yours to take away
6. Leper Messiah - Taken from a line in a David Bowie song "life on mars" (i think) This song talks of the price of fame, fortune and the depths people will go to achieve it. Quite honestly the least favorite song on the album but still good song to listen to. could be reminiscent to a future blacker shade of an album.
7. Orion - Fully instrumental created from the imagination that is the late great Cliff Burton. The Bass swallows this track entirely with what can only be described as beautiful piece of music. There is a slight moment of what sounds like baroque music which leaves you wondering, what else could they have achieved if Cliff Burton was still alive today. Some will wonder.
8. Damage Inc. - The finishing song of the album and what a way to finish it off. Damage Inc was a basic thrash song for the bay area thrashers. Constant swearing , constant blasting and full on metal. this finished off the album on such buzz, left reeling in metal giddiness.
Guitar Solos - Kirk Hammett looked set and ready in this album, Making his guitar sing to the best of his extent. quite honestly the best he's ever done until Death Magnetic.
In most metal magazine polls, 'Master of Puppets' is always high up the list of best ever albums. For once, the critics get it right. This is Metallica's greatest triumph, the quick songs are at their quickest, the epics sound huge, the production is excellent and there are no weak links throughout.
The calm, acoustic guitar that signals the introduction of 'Battery' (has a title ever been so accurate) lulls the listener into a false sense of security, before the nuclear blast riffing comes in. The riff that concludes the song is an absolute monster, crushing all in its wake. From there its straight into the title track, this 8 minute epic is like a sample of all the elements that make Metallica great, confined within the space of one tune, quickfire riffing, aggressive vocals, great dual guitar harmonies, its absolutely perfect.
Metallica are smart enough at this point in the career to realise that they couldnt bludgeon the listener over the head for an hour, there needed to be light and shade - 'The Thing that Should Not Be' drops the pace to a dirge, and the beautiful instrumental 'Orion' keep the listener on their toes.
This was the peak of Metallicas career, and a high watermark for the rest of metal to aspire to.
Metallica's 3rd studio album released in 1986
1. Battery - Epic fast paced song to really kick off the album. Quiter intro but develops into a gallopy verse that could start a mosh pit anywhere.
2. Master Of Puppets - Arguably the best metal song of all time. 8 minutes of pure heaven. Everything is great about this song.
3. The Thing That Should Not Be - The worst song on the album, but still brilliant.
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - A slower song then Battery and MoP, but still of quite a high tempo. Focuses more on breakdowns and heavy riffs than speed.
5. Disposable Heroes - Again another brilliant track, follows nicely after 4. as they are of similar styles and composition.
6. Leper Messiah - Contains one of the recognisable riffs you here almost everyday. Bow to Leper Messiah!
7. Orion - This is an instrumental that you think gradually brings this album to a close, until you hear 8.
8. Damage Inc. - This is what thrash is. Fast paced versus, choruses, solos everything, couldnt think of a better way to finish an album
Released FEB 1986
Recording Location & Date: Sweet Silence Studios Copenhagen, Denmark September-December 1985
Producer: Metallica & Flemming Rasmussen
James Hetfield - Guitar, Vocals
Lars Ulrich - Drums
Cliff Burton - Bass
Kirk Hammett - Lead Guitar
Master of puppets has to be one of the greatest, not just metal albums but general albums of all time!
Master of puppets was Metallica's 3rd studio album and it was arguably there breakthrough album. It has everything a good metal album should have, Heavy duty crushing riffs, an in your face attitude, and it is technically brilliant and the song writing on it is superb. The poster at the time said, over 50 minutes of music from the masters of Metal
The record starts with Battery which has a classical sounding intro which soon blends into a fast riff which makes you want to go mental, Maybe the best thrash song ever written...maybe... The solo is superb the drums relentless whilst being very dynamic.
The next song is the title song of the album Master of puppets! This song has everything, speed, energy, menace, slow bits, melody chunky bits and brilliant lyrics. Also the solo on this track is a killer!
Next up is The thing that should not be... A dark evil heavy song...the lyrics add weight to the song that takes the straight forward crushing riffs to a new level.
Welcome Home sanitarium This is another classic song and has become live favourite it follows a now familar routine with the soft verse heavy chorus soft heavy then going fast/heavy all the rest of the way. It peaks just before the fast/heavy end half of the song where James screams Sanitarium just leave me alone.
The song ends in a drum guitar ensemble then a crazy fill to polish off an expert piece of song writing
Disposable hero's is considered album filler to the ignorant, however this is a huge slab of metal that reigns upon the like a counterweight made of lead about to snap from some faulty tensile wire. The intro is chunky and means business and this is all out riffing all the way.
Next up is Leper Messiah. Very menacing. The riff work is very tight and very clinical, which applies to most of the album.
Orion....Words not necessary....listen to this song cos words are futile. Lets just say it was Cliffs Epitaph and knowing the greatness of Cliff ... A master piece.
Damage inc.. This is another all out fast song but in a more menacing way to say battery. Very fast... The drumming here is littered with astonishing licks and fills, very creative. The solo on this song is very fast and in your face. If this song wasn't played with clinical precision it wouldn't work.
This is perhaps metallicas break through album that cemented them as one of the best underground bands in the world. It is pure thrash, but with a touch of genius in the songwrting department and james hetfields rhythm guitar playing.
The song 'Battery' starts with a guitar interlude like 'fight fire with fire on ride the lightening. But, builds up to a thrash fest thats so intense your neck aches from all the headbanging.
A triumphent return.
This really is one of the best metal albums ever released. This album sold 6 million copies by 2005 just in the US alone, and there still selling by the thousands every year. So many people can't be wrong. This is one album you can listen through over and over again because every song is brilliant in its own unique way. Starting with Battery at number one through to Damage, Inc being the last track this album takes you on a wild ride of heavy metal thats like sugar to your ears. A must have for any true metal fan out there. This album was released on February 21st 1986 by Elektra records and it was the last album recorded with bass player Cliff Burton.
The tracks on this album are as follow:-
1. "Battery" (Hetfield, Ulrich) 5:12
2. "Master of Puppets" (Burton, Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) 8:36
3. "The Thing That Should Not Be" (Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) 6:37
4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" (Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) 6:27
5. "Disposable Heroes" (Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) 8:16
6. "Leper Messiah" (Mustaine, Hetfield, Ulrich) 5:40
7. "Orion" (Burton, Hetfield, Ulrich) 8:28
8. "Damage Inc." (Burton, Hammett, Hetfield, Ulrich) 5:29
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Master Of Puppets
3 The Thing That Should Not Be
4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5 Disposable Heroes
6 Leper Messiah
8 Damage Inc.