Master of Puppets
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, September 10, 2013
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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 11-JAN-1989
Top Customer Reviews
-"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was showed as it was available but it was not. I really wanted it too. Oh well better luck next time I guess.Published 10 days ago by rachael anderson
Yeah, grab this album, jump in your Camaro and cruise over to the high school. Get out, stand on the hood, and embark on the wildest air guitar session you’ve ever experienced. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Partyneverdies
There's really not much to say about this disc. I love Metallica & this is one of my favorite albums. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ARKMom3
How is this album considered one of the best of all time? It boggles my mind. Every song is boring and dude those intros to the last two songs are just atrocious. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob Berman