Justice son!! Puppets is damn near perfect, but I prefer the complexity of Justice. The bass guitar is near non-existent on Justice, but the guitarwork is impeccable. People are either Justice or Puppets. I am one of the Justice guys. Both are sick albums though. In my eyes, after Justice, I began to lose interest in their new direction.
Master Of Puppets is a Great Abulm I agree with that and i do agree that it has a chance to be One of the best Metal abulms ever but you can't forget about abulms like Raning Blood By Slayer, anyways yeah Master of Puppets is great but dont forget about the others. . .
1. Iron Maiden- Powerslave 2. Iron Maiden- Number of the beast 3. Metallica- ...And Justice for all 4. Overkill- Feel The Fire 5. Metallica- Master of Puppets 6. Iron Maiden- Iron Maiden 7. Slayer- Reign in Blood 8. Slayer- Seasons in the abyss 9. Iron Maiden- Seventh son of a seventh son 10. Tied between Bruce Dickinson's "Accident of Birth" and Samson's "Shock Tactics"
With Ride the Lightning, Metallica created a template that they followed closely on Master of Puppets and ... And Justice For All. In my opinion, Puppets is the masterpiece. Every song is great. It's the closest a metal album has ever come to perfection. Ride the Lightning has three incredible songs ("For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fade to Black," and "Creeping Death"), but the other songs are not as good as their counterparts on Master of Puppets.
Justice took the premise to the extreme. The songs were so long that by the time the band toured in support of the Black album, they were doing a medley consisting of abbreviated versions of several Justice tunes. "One" and "Harvester" were the only songs from Justice that they played in their entireties.
Best metal album? It has to be by Black Sabbath. There is no other right answer. BUT I would go with Master of Reality over Paranoid. Paranoid is the perennial favorite, but I got WAY more mileage out of Master of Reality.
I'm getting really sick of people hailing "Master of Puppets" as the greatest metal album of all time. Most often the people making such claims have only scratched the surface of thrash metal and haven't really gotten beyond the "big four." Kreator's "Pleasure to Kill," Dark Angel's "Darkness Descends," Morbid Saint's "Spectrum of Death," and Sepultura's "Schizophrenia" are just four examples of 80's thrash albums that make "Master of Puppets" and every other Metallica album sound like Kenny G. in comparison.
Paranoid Master of Reality Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Sabotage Heaven and Hell Iron Maiden Killers The Number of the Beast Powerslave Somewhere in Time Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Screaming for Vengeance British Steel Stained Class Nightfall in Middle-Earth Diary of a Madman Holy Diver Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory Something Wicked This Way Comes Painkiller
MoP is great, but how can you choose a best metal album when there are so many great ones? There are just too many to name. How can you pick a best out of these?
Iron Maiden - Killers Iron Maiden - Live After Death Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East Testament - The Legacy Slayer - Reign in Blood Slayer - Hell Awaits Sodom - Agent Orange Metallica - Master of Puppets Metallica - Kill Em All Shadows Fall - Retribution Stratovarius - Visions Stratovarius - Elements pt II Sepultura - Schizophrenia Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power Overkill - Feel the Fire Onslaught - The Force Metal Church - Metal Church Megadeth - Rust in Peace Megadeth - Peace Sells Heathen - Victims of Deception Exodus - Bonded by Blood Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver Angel Witch - Angel Witch Venom - Welcome to Hell Venom - Black Metal Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell Diamond Head - Am I Evil? Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations Motorhead - Ace of Spades Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony Sacred Oath - A Crystal Vision Symphony X - The Odyssey Dream Theater - Train of Thought Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings Dokken - Under Lock and Key Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction Hammerfall - Glory to the Brave Hammerfall - Threshold Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys (pts I & II) Kotipelto - Waiting for the Dawn Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor Evile - Enter the Grave Savage Circus - Of Doom and Death Witchfinder General - Death Penalty Anthrax - Fistful of Metal Anthrax - Among the Living
And I probably forgot a ton. I think that pretty much shows that there is no one great metal album, but many tied
I agree that MoP rules. While I'm not a huge Slayer fan (some of their "evil satan image stuff" is kind of cheesy to me), Raining Blood is a monumental effort. Bands these days have better production and more technical players, but MoP is great songwriting and good production given its age. I know a couple guys in Lamb of God (here in Richmond, VA), and they are interesting, but I bust on them for writing material that is hard to play and lacks soul. Of course they've sold more records than me, so my opinion doesn't mean much. They are cool dudes regardless and are doing what they love and making $$$ for sure. IMO James Hetfield is one of the best songwriters of the metal generation and continues to release good stuff. Steve Harris of Maiden is a good songwriter too. As a bass player, Powerslave is one of my favs, but not the influential level of MoP. IMO, Mudvayne's LD50 should have more acclaim for Nu Metal, but again, MoP rules the school if I had to pick a best metal album. I kept the MoP cassette tape in my car tape deck for several months when I got my first car in '87. RIP Cliff Burton!
judas priest-unleashed in the east,black sabbath-heaven and hell, iron maiden-7th son of a 7th son, dio-holy diver, slayer-reign in blood, megadeth-rust in peace, pantera-cowboys from hell, metallica-master of puppets, savatage-hall of the mountain king, black sabbath-sabotage,overkill-years of decay,annihalator-alice in hell,sepultura-beneath the remains,exodus-bonded by blood .