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Master of Puppets is one of the best metal albums of the '80s. It's a rare achievement: a crossover hit that compromises nothing. Much like their previous album Ride the Lightning but with even stronger material, Master of Puppets blends metal's natural aggression with subtle shifts in dynamics and expanded compositional textures to expand and refine its sonic reach. "Battery" leads things off with the unforgiving pummel of their earliest thrash, but the eight-and-a-half minute title track delivers a complex sermon on feelings of human powerlessness and overreaching authority backed by an arrangement that is cinematic in scope, displaying the group's moodiest overtures alongside its most direct attack. The playing is airtight throughout — the instrumental "Orion" a showcase for the group's syncopated intuition — with the songs thematically united as well, offering up a world on the brink of chaos and insanity. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "Disposable Heroes" and "Leper Messiah" are textbook cases of adolescent rage and frustration towards an uncaring system.

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Cliff Burton (RIP) This album honors your memory.

This is most likely Metallica's "swan song' album in that they lost an integral part of the band after the release of this album. That being said this album is the last will and testament of a Metal legend. Cliff Burton unfortunately can never be replaced and no one should replace him honestly. No one should try to be him. I think Jason Newsted was not this way he did not try to "be" Cliff he was Jason and contributed his own brand to Metallica. I think that all being said Cliff is probably smiling right now that they endured and went on to more commercial succes.

Anyways enough of that. Master of Puppets is probably one of the top thrash metal albums of all time and then some. Get this, listen to it and then listen to it again. It never grows old and continues to be a valid slab of metal to this day. It is a true classic it stands strong and never withers, dies, or fades away from memory.

I think the reason why this is the best is because this draws upon their first two releases and then perfects that sound to give us this monumental opus. This was their heyday and the fact is this was Metallica in your face and raw! Galloping at you like
Death's pale stead. Metallica were the four horsemen of metal! And nothing could stop the onslaught on your ears!


I miss this metallica.


One of the greatest albums of all time. Buy it!


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning...
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