Re-release of the third full-length album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
It was released on March 3, 1986, through Elektra Records. “Master Of Puppets” marks the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident while touring to promote the album. Album met with critical acclaim at the time of its release.
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. 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. 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.
The album reached #29 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was the band's first Gold record for sales of over 500,000 copies. This was done without any radio airplay or the release of a music video. The album eventually was certified 6 x Platinum by the RIAA.
The album is considered a classic Thrash Metal album by fans, critics, and the band members themselves and is considered to be one of the most influential Heavy Metal albums of all time!!
Phonogram/Vertigo, 1986/1989 (838 141-2). Made in Germany.
1. Battery 5:10
2. Master Of Puppets 8:38
3. The Thing That Should Not Be 6:32
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 6:28
5. Disposable Heroes 8:14
6. Leper Messiah 5:38
7. Orion 8:12
8. Damage, Inc. 5:08
Total playing time: 54:00