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5.0 out of 5 stars Master Of Puppets
Released in 1986 Master Of Puppets is one of (if not the) best Metallica albums ever. It reached a chart position of 29 but that would have been much higher if the band were as well known then as they are today. Although Metallica had a ever growing fan base at that time it was this record which really got them on the world wide scale that they are today.
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Published on 16 Jun 2004 by James Penkethman

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album but this vinyl version sounds pretty bad
I like this album a lot but a bit less than the incredible 'Ride the Lightning'.

The reason I am awarding 3 stars is because this vinyl pressing sounds very poor. It's really compressed sounding and has poor dynamic range.

At this price, I expect heavier vinyl and a proper mastering job. Very disappointing.

I will search for an original...
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Of Puppets, 16 Jun 2004
This review is from: Master Of Puppets (Audio CD)
Released in 1986 Master Of Puppets is one of (if not the) best Metallica albums ever. It reached a chart position of 29 but that would have been much higher if the band were as well known then as they are today. Although Metallica had a ever growing fan base at that time it was this record which really got them on the world wide scale that they are today.
The album has only eights songs but still clocks up nearly an hour. The songs on the album are long but seem to go really quicky. If I ever need to pass ten minutes I'll just listen to Orion and thats eight minutes gone in what feels like three or four.
This album was Cliff Burton's last album due to his unfortunate premature death whilst on tour in 1986. By this time Metallica had tried to move away from being knowing purely as a speed thrash band but many of the songs on this album still have that feel.
On many albums you have your favourite songs and you have the songs that you skip. On this record there is not one song that you don't want to listen to and so many times you find yourself just putting on the album to listen to one song but then listening to the whole album through.
If you are a metal fan this is a must have album!
Track By Track
1. Battery (Hetfield/Ulrich); Before the release of the black "Metallica" album it was the opener to Metallica's concerts and was the first hit out of three more off of the "Master of Puppets" album. It is still a fixed part of Metallica's live show. The song "Battery" is an indirect tribute to the "Old Waldorf Club" in San Francisco on Battery street.
2. Master Of Puppets (Hetfield/Ulrich/Burton/Hammett); The solo of "Master of Puppets" reached the 51st place in the "100 Best Solos Ever Reader's Choice" in the september 1998 issue of Guitar World.
Since its release it has almost always been a fixed part of Metallica's live show. Metallica plays two versions of "Master of Puppets" live. One version ends before the slow and soften part of the song - and the other one is the complete version as it was released on the same entitled album.
It is about the drug (especially heroin) addiction and its consequences.
3. The Thing That Should Not Be (Hetfield/Ulrich/Hammett); It's another song which has been inspired by a story of H.P. Lovecraft. The song is based upon the short story "Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft which has been written in 1936. "Shadow Over Innsmouth" was Lovecraft's sole story which has been released as a book when he was alive. His further short stories only appeared in his lifetime in a magazine called "Weird Tales".
Since it's release till the "Poor Re-Touring Me '98" tour it has often been a fixed part of Metallica's live shows.
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Hetfield/Ulrich/Hammett); The song writing was inspired by the movie which is based on the same entitled book "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
Hetfield: The idea for that song came from the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". "Fade to Black" worked well, and we wanted to have another slow, clean picking type of song, this time with a chorus. I had trouble singing that chorus. It's really high, and when I went singing it in the studio, I remember Flemming [Rassmussen] looking at me like, "You're kidding." I said "Shit, I don't know if I can do this!" So I ended up singing it lower than I intended, but we put a higher harmony on it and it worked pretty well.
5. Disposable Heroes (Hetfield/Ulrich/Hammett); The first time the song was performed live was on September 14, 1985. Which is also the only time the song was played live with Cliff. Afterwards it was performed sporadically throughout the "Justice" tours. The most notably thing is that it was a set part of the "'94 Summer Shit" tour.
The lyrics basically suggest that the whole drafting procedure within the military is as bad as the war itself.
The song is pointing out that war is glorified, but in the reality it is the simple hell - where aren't any winners.
6. Leper Messiah (Hetfield/Ulrich); Because of the instrumental style of the song it has also become one of Cliff's trademark songs for many fans.
It is about so called messiahs who make a good profit on other people's faith.
"Send me money, send me green"
"Heaven you will meet"
"Make a contribution"
"And you'll get a better seat"
7. Orion (Hetfield/Ulrich/Burton); Metallica learned more about playing with harmony and to use different styles during a song. "Orion" with its changings from speed to slowly parts is probably the best example for their new improved technique of song writing and is one of my favourite tracks ever.
To Metallica the middle part of the song sounded a kind of spacey and starry so they named the song after the star constellation Orion.
The song "Orion" was the music Metallica had chosen for Cliff's funeral on October 7th, 1986. Services were held in his hometown of Castro Valley. He was cremated, and his ashes were spread at the Maxwell Ranch.
8. Damage, Inc (Hetfield/Ulrich/Burton/Hammett); A live version of the song was included on a B-side of the Australian "Die, Die My Darling" single release. It is about senseless violence and destruction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album of pure metal power, 27 Oct 2001
This review is from: Master of Puppets [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Metallica are without doubt one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever.Despite the line-ups changing slightly over the years,they remain as good as ever.Master of puppets displays the core essence of the band at the time many consider to be their peak.Also it was the final album with their incredibly talented bassist Cliff Burton who sadly died soon after in a coach crash.
The album explores some very interesting and insightful content into various topics.The songs are heavier than may initially be expected (especially if the listener was introduced to the band by the more recent albums) but all show a great deal of talent and thought.
Hetfield's rythmn guitar is perfect to sustain the music at all times and forms a solid bedrock during the exceptional solo performances by Hammett.The aforementioned lead guitarist certainly lives up to the claim by some that he is the one of the greatest metal guitarists ever (alongside Diamond Darrell of Pantera).Cliff's performance on the bass is extremely good, noticeable especially during the lead into the second half of the instrumental track Orion.Lars displays controlled and inventive drumming throughout the album, keeping the music well in time and joining the different parts.
The songs themselves are nothing short of spectacular, both musically and lyrically.The furious and frantic pace of Battery leads into the album as well as can be done.The title track that follows has been dubbed by many to be one of the finest songs by the band and this claim is hard to dispute.Despite being more han eight minutes long it does not become repetetive or dull.The lyrical content is very meaningful showing the power of drug addiction and its hold on people.The third track brings a darker and moodier feel into the music with its slow heavy pace and powerful lyrics.Sanitarium is a very different song to ehat may be expected as it is the closest song on the album to a ballad.Its subject of insanity flows out of the lyrics and comes almost as a plea for help from the inmates who just want to be understood.Disposable Heroes follows on and is perhaps the heaviest song to b found on the album.Personally this song appealed the least to me at first but soon grew on me.Leper Messiah brings a deep powerful musical feel to balance out the rapid,heavy pace of the previous track.The seventh track,Orion,is the only instrumental.The talent displayed by this track is monumental and it is one of the finest tracks ever produced in the history of metallica.The final track of the album starts on a slow pace but soon explodes into the expected speed and power.
At the end of the album the listener feels both drained and infused.The sheer energy seems to suck you in then spit you out after nearly an hour of music.However the sheer quality of the music leaves the listener feeling empowered.To give this album less than five stars would be denying the amazing talent and ability of the four men who created some of the greatest music the world has known.If you are a real heavy metal fan (not a nu-metal trendy) then this album is an essential purchase.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy music at its heaviest., 23 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Master Of Puppets (Audio CD)
Metallica are, in my opinion, the single best band in the whole universe. Master of Puppets is by far their best album. People have said this before me but i'd like to say it again: Anyone that listens to so called "nu-metal" bands and goes around thinking they listen to heavy metal need to go out and buy Master of Puppets so they can see what heavy music actually is.
The album opens with the incredible "Battery" which starts with a beautiful spanish guitar part which fits seamlessly with the thrash that follows. The title track is probably the best song on the album, with an amazing sensitive slow part in the middle which shows that Metallica can do more than play guitar at 300mph... "The thing that should not be" has a great evil feel to it and Kirks solo is just amazing. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is the slowest song on the album but still doesn't lack thrashy parts and is a great song. "Disposable Heroes" and "Leper Messiah" are both pure thrash metal and great songs to play very loud and just go mad. "Orion" is a very skillful instrumental which shows how musical Metallica are. The second part of the song has a bassline playing and then 3 guitars all playing different harmonys, it sounds amazing.
The last song "Damage inc." is the fastest song on the album but is still amazingly skillful.
JUST GO AND BUY THIS ALBUM RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was all downhill from here, 14 Aug 2007
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mark burniston (redcar, cleveland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is undoubtedly not only the greatest Metallica album, but also one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time, from the raw brutality of Damage Inc to the slowly building Welcome Home (Sanitarium), which provided the template for their breakthrough single One, this album just oozes class. There are no standout tracks on this album because they all standout, everyone is an instant classic. Powerful lyrics sung with passion and screaming guitars all underpinned by the sadly missed Cliff Burtons solid basslines. This album has it all and any self respecting metal fan should have this album in their collection.

Unfortunately this was the peak of Metallica's rise to the top, musically at least, and apart from a small handful of decent songs (One, Enter Sandman) it went downhill from here, culminating in the embarrassment of the Napster debacle and the absolute dross that was St Anger. Buy this album and revel in a band at the top of their game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic,end of story, 22 Feb 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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there is hardly any point talking about metallica as they are today,this is metallica as i loved them and few bands have ever made an album of such importance in the scheme of metal as this,this sold millions of copies and its easy to see why,perfection is seldom attainable,it is here,the riffs are legendary and most bands have tried to copy these but they just fail,the songs are sublime,simple in many ways ,flawless all the same,the melodies can tear your spine to shreds so be careful of that fact,this is master of puppets and this is the one metallica album you must own,this is metal
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!, 15 Jan 2002
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surely metallicas best album yet.this album encapsulates what the best metallica sound was,powerful,heavy,complex,clever and ear drum destroyingly good.the opening track battery harps back to their kill 'em all days(no bad thing)with a 300mph riff and memorable chorus.the title track is easily one of their best songs ever,JUST LISTEN TO IT.but the great thing about this song is that all the songs r classics,there is no filler but no good songs on it,just brilliant ones.Damage INC will blow your head off,Sanitarium will make you think,Orion just fills you with an epic feeling,disposable heroes will getting you jumping round the room shouting the chorus.Man,it is just an amazing album,forget the tiresome and uninventive Reign In Blood by Slayer THIS is the definitive thrash album.Lets just hope metallica ditch the stadium rock crap and give us another master of puppets.R.I.P Cliff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Master of King's", 6 Feb 2004
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This review is from: Master Of Puppets (Audio CD)
"The Master of Puppets", Metallica's third worldwide famous album is by far their best and most heavy work they have in their collection of twelve albums. The fact that this is the best, is because of the anger and fury and raw sound that has come out of each track has benn un-explainable. Also to mention the guitar of Kirk Hamitt's solo's, probably make this one of their most talented album's.
The first track on the album, 'Battery' is one of Metallica's best known song's, and with the heavy-soft mellowsound of the acoustic guitar at the start of the song to the roaring guitar work of Jmaes Hetfield and Kirk Hamitt, who's to argue that this isn't one of their best song's
'Master of Puppets', the second track on the album is without a doubt the best track on the album and personally one of Metallica's greatest song's ever, even though it is not known as hugely as to the likes of 'For Whom The Bell Tolls', 'Enter Sandman', and 'Unforgiven 2'. The reason why it is the best track on the album is because of the blistering guitar work of James and Kirkto the pounding drums of Lars Ulrich. And also the anger in James Hetfield's vocals makes you not want to screw with these guys, but make you cause as much destruction as you can possibly wish!
'The Thing That Should Not Be' is also one of the best track's on the album, just because of the sheer fury and anger that makes you want to stand up in front of everybody and simply just shove them down to the ground, and I think the guitar work would also help you tom do that.
'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'is probably considered to be one of Metallica's best song's, but unfortunately I would'nt think so, because the song seems to just go on and on without ever stopping. But I can't say it is a terrible song, because the solo by Kirk Hamitt does give it credit of it being a good song.
The fifth track on the album, 'Disposable Heroes' may not be the best track on the album, it certainly makes you know why Metallica are one of the greatest rock-metal acts ever, because of the on going riff's and speed of the track, it would make you want to play like these guys definately.
'Leper Messiah', is quite frankly the reason why old grannys and parents probably listen to classical music all of the time, because the vocals on this track would give your gran a heart-attack one second into this song, because it is so brute and, and the fact that the vocalist likes to talk about death I would probably understand.
Track seven on the album, 'Orion(instrumental)' shows you the true talents of Kirk Hammit with his guitar solo, which would show the world why he is one of the best guitar players of all time, with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Adrian Smith, and Jimmy Page.
Finally, the final track on the album, 'Damage.Inc' slows you down at the beginning of the track with the slow and mellow guitar work of Jmes Hetfirld. Until Kirk pithes in and the whole sound of this track makes you feel like you are going to war with the anger in James's vocals and the raging guitar work with the blistering sound of former bassist Cliff Burton, and the hammering of Lars Ulrich's drum kit. This song would probably make your head explode after hearing it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS HEAVY METAL, 6 Jun 2002
This review is from: Master Of Puppets (Audio CD)
PERFECT! ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! There are not flaws to this masterpiece what so ever. The material is ambitious and complex but Metallica never over-do it. Kicking off with the speedy thrash of "Battery" that just obliterates anyone who would try to imitate, then there's the multi-sectioned title track that just never gets old no matter how many times you listen to it. After that, is the slow but startlingly heavy "The Thing That Should Not Be". The fourth track,"Welcome Home" is reminiscent of "Fade To Black" (but of corse, this album is based on the blueprint of Ride The Lightning, so that would explain it). "Disposable Heroes" is my favorite song on the album and possibly my favorite heavy metal song of all time. It's a bit like the title track, but a lot faster. "Leper Messiah" begins with a mid-tempo rhythm (not skimping on any of the aggression of course) and speeds up to a nice guitar solo. "Orion" is Master Of Puppets' version of "The Call Of Kthulu". The difference being that "Orion" puts it to shame. The album then climaxes with the lightning fast "Damage Inc." that would leave the likes of Slayer or Megadeth in tears. The songs flow so coherently, and yet there is a lot of variation. This album isn't as ambitious as its follow up, ...And Justice For All, but much more enjoyable thanks to its immaculate production giving it the thick and muscular sound that such great songs deserve. This is without a doubt the best heavy metal album of all time.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece that every heavy metal fan must own!, 29 Oct 2002
This review is from: Master Of Puppets (Audio CD)
This is an album any self respecting heavy metal fan should own! One of the best albums made in history and the last Metallica opus with possibly the best bassist ever to grace the earth, Cliff Burton (r.i.p).
The album has 8 untimely classic tracks and there is not 1 poor track in sight. The albums title track, 'Master of Puppets', is the main standout track here, amazing riffs, solo's, well written lyrics and a beautiful harmony break in the middle of the song.
The main formula in the title track is present in the other tracks on this epic album. The album has a hidden concept to it in nearly all tracks which is of a drug addict, read the lyrics and you'll see what I mean.
Other notably brilliant tracks include the monumental ballad '(Welcome Home) Sanitarium', the rifftastic trash fueled album closer 'Damage Inc.' and the beautifully orchestrated and classic instrumental 'Orion'.
This is the best album Metallica have made in their career (spanning 20 years) and one of the best albums of all time.
If you don't have this yet you are missing one very special album. Go buy it...now!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars here's why u should own this album....., 26 Aug 2006
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- memorable riffs ( battery, master of puppets,disposable heroes, damage inc.) nuff said.
- thought provoking lyrics
- amazing leads (kirk is at the top of his game here)
- hetfields fiery vocal delivery, seriously, i have never heard him sing this passionately. An inspired performance and he hits those notes high.
- orion. cliffs masterpeice. A testament to the ingenuity of the legend R.I.P, man.
- crisp and clear production.
- lars's drumming isnt that bad here, he manages to keep the beat going and holds it together nicely.
- if u dont like this album, u dont like metal. simple as that.
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