Master of Puppets

Master of Puppets

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by Metallica
     
 

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Although Metallica soon disavowed the term, this is the album that brought thrash metal to the forefront of hard rock -- both in terms of innovation and unbridled power. Yes, the riffs on songs such as "Disposable Heroes" and the jaw-dropping title song are faster than speeding bullets, but that's only half the story. In an era when most metal-mongers were satisfied

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Although Metallica soon disavowed the term, this is the album that brought thrash metal to the forefront of hard rock -- both in terms of innovation and unbridled power. Yes, the riffs on songs such as "Disposable Heroes" and the jaw-dropping title song are faster than speeding bullets, but that's only half the story. In an era when most metal-mongers were satisfied with snickering about sexual conquests while recycling tired melodies, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and company offered up provocative imagery -- like "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," which is told from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate -- and remarkably intricate playing. Sadly, Master of Puppets also proved to be the final chapter in part one of Metallica's story, since bassist Cliff Burton was killed in a bus crash while on a European tour promoting the disc -- thus adding another level of meaning to "The Thing That Should Not Be."

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Even though Master of Puppets didn't take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band's greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal's core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations. In fact, it's possible to compare Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets song for song and note striking similarities between corresponding track positions on each record (although Lightning's closing instrumental has been bumped up to next-to-last in Master's running order). That hint of conservatism is really the only conceivable flaw here. Though it isn't as startling as Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets feels more unified, both thematically and musically. Everything about it feels blown up to epic proportions (indeed, the songs are much longer on average), and the band feels more in control of its direction. You'd never know it by the lyrics, though -- in one way or another, nearly every song on Master of Puppets deals with the fear of powerlessness. Sometimes they're about hypocritical authority (military and religious leaders), sometimes primal, uncontrollable human urges (drugs, insanity, rage), and, in true H.P. Lovecraft fashion, sometimes monsters. Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem ("Battery" and "Damage, Inc."), the band reigns triumphant through sheer force -- of sound, of will, of malice. The arrangements are thick and muscular, and the material varies enough in texture and tempo to hold interest through all its twists and turns. Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close.

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Release Date:
07/15/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624986881
catalogNumber:
470844

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Master of Puppets 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
metallica is simply the best of the best thanks to all the metallica fans and thanks to all the critics who said this album is a landmark in thrash metal metallica has came along way they played this whole album during the escape from the studio tour in 2006 and guess what? robert trujillo did this whole album justice
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this album rocks its by metallica
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd plus all the other cd's kick butt. Totally awesome. Keep on Rockin'. Metallica lives forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the cd rocked and all of them are good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Zeppelin defined Metal of the late 60's early 70's, then Metallica owned the 80's. MOP is the greatest album to come out of the genre since page&plant and infact, with MOP Metallica officially defines Speed Metal, or Thrash. Something they couldn't quite capture with their earlier albums. Top Picks- Sanitarium, Disposable Heroes, Orion
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are even a moderate Metallica fan, there is only one question to ask... Why don't you already have this CD? The second outing of the most influential metal band in history is one that will never dissapoint. Even though the songs are lengthy (the longest one is over 8 1/2 minutes) listeners can't help but be entertained by the musical prowess of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammet, and the late Cliff Burton. Truly the work of 4 masterful geniuses!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Metallica cd.Every song will rock you.The bass,the guitar,and the drums will get your adrenaline runing in your blood.Bang your head,pump up the volume,and enjoy this master piece!! Best songs are Master of Puppets,Battery,and Orion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE LYRICS ON THIS ALBUM MAKE YOU STOP AND LISTEN. IT PUTS YOU THERE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL. LIKE YOUR LIVING IN IT. YOU BECOME APART OF THE MUSIC. MUSIC TODAY DOES NOT TOUCH YOU LIKE THAT ANY MORE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this metallica cd is one of their best ones and also has some of their best songs...this cd should be bought by you metal fans like me the best songs on the cd are...master of puppets...battery...welcome home(sanitarium)... and damage inc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was more heavy metal than I like I think the others are beter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Metallica's best album with ...And Justice For All a close second. There are no album fillers here, every song is a classic. Favorites include Battery, the title track, and Orion. I can listen to every song on this album and not be bored for a second. This Album Rules! Everyone who likes music should have it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is to 80s thrash what Led Zeppelin IV is to 70s rock. Metallica's music rises above the speed-metal norm to become more than just raging tempos and blistering licks - this album has texture and timing, moments of classical beauty in addition to the brutally heavy riffs. The title track is easily one of the greatest metal songs ever written, consistently entertaining despite its long length. The blinding speed of 'Battery' and the neoclassical melodies of 'Orion' and 'Sanitarium' all but define the moody, aggressive majesty of heavy metal. I think 'Disposable Heroes' is a tad weaker, as is 'Leper Messiah', but all in all this album stands as Metallica's finest achievement. At any rate, far superior to the pop garbage they made in the 90s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
get the album it rocks its one of there best albums and heaviest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metallica at their best! If you are a new fan or just looking for something new this is a great CD! Starts off hard (with Battery) and ends hard (with Damage, Inc.) Other songs such as Master of Puppets are now classics so this CD is just a MUST GET!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second of what I call Metallica's 'Danish Twins' (because they were both recorded in Denmark) is the most punchiest piece of composition ever to hit you in the face! Although the lyrics can get quite serious (heroin addiction, senseless violence, war, money greed) the riffs and and the rest catches onto you like there is no tomorrow! Master of Puppets is one of my most favourite songs of all time, and although a bit difficult to play, sounds absolutely great!!! (it is even harder to play when you try it on a trumpet!, but I can play the main riff and the part just before the 1st solo that James plays. All versions of the songs on this album are magnifiecent, the original, S & M, Cunning Stunts, Cliff 'Em All, and Live Shi': Binge and Purge! so get the chance to hear 'em all by buying it, it is more than worth your money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
MASTER OF PUPPETS is Metallica's masterpiece. It is what DUNE is to Frank Herbert, THE LORD OF THE RINGS is to J.R.R. Tolkien and STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND to Robet A. Heilein. They give out a raw edge that really has no rules. Sure, the songs are long, but this oly provides for longer guitar solos that really do rock. The music put adrenline in your vains as all eight pieces go by this 50 minute CD. This was when Metallica really didn't care what they did, they just did it. And the songs show it, the fast and furious BATTERY, MASTER OF PUPPETS, and DAMAGE INC. are sure to get you moving and the songs that enter your brain like THE THING THAT SHOULD NOT BE, LEEPER MESSIAH, WELCOME HOME (SANITARIUM), and DISPOSIBLE HEROES are interesting. Metallica really proved what they could do with this CD and they went over their expectations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the first time I had first heard of Metallica's Master of Puppets was from the day I bought a tape on Monday, June 3rd, 1991. When I started to listen to this tape, I could not let go of it. It has been over ten years that I had this album and I had never got sick of it because of it's brilliance and the masterful construction of the lyrics and the tone, pitch, and chords of the bass and guitar performances that made it a legend. I am still glad that Metallica's Master Of Puppets has been a part of my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend recommended this CD to me. I never really listened to any Metallica. After I bought it and listened to it, I could not get any of the loud guitars and drums out of my head. Master Of Puppets is an album that all rock fans should own, no matter what they like. The more they listen it, the more it'll grown on them. I think I might listen to Ride The Lightning next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether it's James's lyrics of good and evil, Kirk's finger-bleeding solos, Cliff's death-defying bass, or Lars's thunder on the drums, there is nothing to dislike about Master Of Puppets. This is a pure roller coaster of hardcore crunch.