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Master of Puppets

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 11-JAN-1989

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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise. --Genevieve Williams
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H33
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,621 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ilker Yucel on April 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
THIS is one of the finest albums every produced, not just in the genre of thrash metal. Metallica rocked with their first two albums, but this is the album that I listen to most out of all of them. There is not a single dull moment on this masterpiece of puppetry. All the songs are played with lightning fast precision, and glorious heavy metal power. And yet, 1) The songs clock in mostly between 5-12 minutes long, and 2) Amidst the mayhem of wailing guitars and pounding drums is the sound of melody and classically influenced arrangments and composition. This is largely in part to bassist Cliff Burton, the most classically trained member of the band. Sadly this would be his final album, but if he had to give a final farewell before his sudden and unfortunate death, this album screams with a power that engraves into the listeners' minds, "Cliff was here!"
-"Battery": great acoustic intro leading into a maniacal barage of Hetfield's harsh vocals and Ulrich's pounding drums that literally batter their way through your ears.
-"Master of Puppets": a classic in the truest sense of the word. Like "Battery," this song is fast, hard, and it beckons with energy the question of who is truly the puppet and who is the puppeteer.
-"The Thing that Should Not Be": again, a great acoustic intro that leads into a hardcore thrash rhythm.
-"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)": the lyrics are the real gem here, telling the story of a mental patient from inside the patient's mind. The music is great, but the lyrics can haunt you if you're not careful.
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By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Metallica truly shows their maximum talent in this amazing album. This 24k gold CD holds beautiful sound quality that will blow any fan away. This spectacular CD is defenitely worth the purchase, especially if you are a die hard fan...10 times better than regular "puppets" album.
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Master of Puppets illustrates why Metallica was one of the most important metal bands ever.
After giving birth to thrash with Kill 'Em All, Metallica began refining their innovations with Ride the Lightning, which added a bit more maturity and compositional quality. Master of Puppets is a much larger step in the same direction, and had the band incorporating more progressive elements into their music. It'd be hard to count the metal bands doing half the pioneering things Metallica was doing.
The acoustic, quiet introduction to "Battery" explodes under an aggressive onslaught of hyperkinetic, muscular riffs and thick, heavy arrangements that characterize the entire album. That's not to say it's redundant, though. All eight songs are excellent, featuring enough variation of tempo and texture to ensure that they never get boring, which is crucial when some songs extend for eight minutes ("Master of Puppets," "Disposable Heroes," "Orion"). Cripes, you could dissect the riffery of the title track and probably create half a dozen normal metal songs. That"s part of Metallica's appeal: they cram a ton of ideas into their music, but all songs are perfectly crafted without the slightest sense of disjointed songwriting.
Speaking of the title track, it in particular sports a dynamic composition, where its middle section diminishes into a quieter, evocative guitar solo (one of the few played by Hetfield) before taking off all over again. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" mirrors "Fade to Black" in its progression of intensity. It starts with haunting melodies, turning up the crunch for the chorus, then kicks into high gear with a weighty, fast riff and a glistening lead that carries the song to its vengeful apogee.
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these days i spend a lot more time listening to overkill and megadeth and tool than metallica, but no one can deny that Master of Puppets is, simply put, what metal should be. It is, without a doubt, the best heavy metal album anyone has ever done. Better than Megadeth's Rust In Peace, better than Black Sabbath's We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll, and that is no light statement. Battery lulls you in with masterful acoustic guitars then bashes you over the head with power and fury. Amazon.com may say the theme is power, but it is actually insanity. The insanity of domestic abuse(battery) drug addiction(master of puppets) the insanity that results from seeing things not meant to be seen(the thing that should not be-which takes its lyrics almost directly from a H. P. Lovecraft story) being locked in an institution(welcome home) the insanity of war and sending your children off to be slaughtered for the greater good(disposable heroes) then pure insanity made audio-orion, this instrumental sounds like beethoven done electric. That may sound uninteresting to metal fans and blasphemous to fans of classical, but i am a huge fan of both and i challenge metal fans to listen to beethoven and beethoven fans to listen to orion, you will find they hold much in common. i don't know if hetfield and the rest of metallica is insane, as beethoven was, but they at least know how to express the feeling. the final track, Damage, Inc.-doesn't appear to have a theme really, it is pure metal, a la Kill 'em All. If you are a fan of Heavy Metal, or are even curios about it, or simply wonder if you've given it a bad rap, buy this. Listen. If you don't like this cd, don't bother with another metal cd ever, because this is exactly what metal is meant to be.
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