Master of Puppets
|Master of Puppets|
|Studio album by Metallica|
|Released||February 24, 1986|
|Recorded||September 1Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark–December 27, 1985 at|
|Producer||Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen|
|Singles from Master of Puppets|
Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on February 24, 1986, by Asylum Records and was the band's last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden while touring to promote the album. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum, and on June 9, 2003, it was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped six million copies in the United States.
Master of Puppets was released to rave reviews from music critics. Its driving, virtuosic music and angry political lyrics drew praise from critics outside of the metal community. The album is widely accepted as the band's strongest effort at the time, and serves as one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time. Many bands from all genres of heavy metal have covered the album's songs throughout the years, including tribute albums as well. Since the beginning of the SoundScan era in 1991, Master of Puppets has sold 4,578,000 copies.
The cover painting was done by Don Brautigam, who had worked with bands such as AC/DC, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones. The original artwork was later auctioned at Rockefeller Plaza, New York City for the price between $20,000 and $30,000.
|BBC Music||very favourable|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Metallica's Master of Puppets became thrash metal's first platinum album and by the early 1990s it helped thrash metal to successfully challenge the mainstream of metal and redefine it. Metallica and a few other bands were able to headline arena concerts and appear regularly on MTV, although radio play remained incommensurate with their popularity.
Allmusic's Steve Huey commented that Master of Puppets was "the band's greatest achievement." "Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best metal album ever recorded," Huey noted.Joel McIver in the book Justice For All - The Truth About Metallica cites this album as the main reason why Metallica had been guaranteed inclusion in the Big Four of Thrash.
Master of Puppets has been featured on several "best albums of all time" lists. The album is present in the list "The All-TIME 100 Albums", published by TIME magazine in November 2006. In TIME critic Josh Tyrangiel's opinion, "Metallica didn't bother with hooks or pop discipline" in writing Master of Puppets.IGN ranked it number 1 in a list of the "Top 25 Metal Albums" issued in January 2007. The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and Q magazine counted it among the 50 heaviest albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 167 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Music critic Piero Scaruffi ranks Master of Puppets as the second best metal album of all time. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at number 90 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". Many have regarded Master of Puppets as the most influential and important metal album ever made, surpassing Black Sabbath's popular album Paranoid. The album has frequently been tagged by critics as "one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time."
As an early parody of the PMRC's "explicit lyrics" warning labels, many prints of Metallica's 1986 release of Master of Puppets featured an octagonal sticker on the front stating:
- "The only track you probably won't want to play is 'Damage, Inc.' due to the multiple use of the infamous 'F' word. Otherwise, there aren't any 'Shits,' 'Fucks,' 'Pisses,' 'Cunts,' 'Motherfuckers,' or 'Cocksuckers' anywhere on this record" (six of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words).
The title track was ranked number 51 on The Greatest Guitar Solos from Guitar World. In 2006, the album was voted the fourth "greatest guitar album of all time" in Guitar World. The April 5th edition of Kerrang! was dedicated to it, providing readers with the cover album Master of Puppets: Remastered. In March 2007, the guitar magazine Total Guitar ranked it in the 100 greatest riffs of all time and the main riff of the album's title track was ranked number one.
All of the songs from the album, with the exceptions of "Leper Messiah" and "Damage, Inc." are playable on the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. The song "Battery" is also featured as a playable track on Rock Band 2.
The title track has become an almost permanent staple of the band's live set-list and is currently the most played Metallica song. Singer James Hetfield invites the crowd to roar along and guitarist Kirk Hammett burns through the track's signature solo, electrifying the arena with blistering fretwork. The song's live performance is qualified by Rolling Stone as "a classic in all its eight-minute glory".
"Battery" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" are also regularly played live. "Battery" is usually played at the end of the set-list or during the encore, accompanied by lasers and plumes of flame. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is frequently performed in front of an audience, being the second most played live song from the album with 870 gigs as of June 2013.
"Disposable Heroes" was recently performed live at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards on May 16, 2013. It also appears on the live video album Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México (2009) shoted in Mexico City, in which this song was played three nights in a row in front of 150 000 fans. Its last performance was at the Orion Music + More festival held on June 9, 2013.Rolling Stone observed Hetfield's rhythm guitar playing as "impeccable on the lengthy and infrequently-performed Master of Puppets cut "Disposable Heroes."
"Orion" is the least played song from the album, having been played only 43 times. The first live performance was made during the Escape from the Studio '06 tour, when the band performed the album in its entirety, honoring the 20th anniversary of its original release.
The album was played in its entirety in 2006 at Rock Am Ring. They played it again the following day at the Rock Im Park festival in Nürnberg. The band performed the album's eight tracks in the middle of each night's set.
All lyrics written by James Hetfield.
|1.||"Battery"||James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich||5:12|
|2.||"Master of Puppets"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett||8:36|
|3.||"The Thing That Should Not Be"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||6:37|
|4.||"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||6:27|
|5.||"Disposable Heroes"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||8:17|
|6.||"Leper Messiah"||Hetfield, Ulrich||5:40|
|7.||"Orion" (instrumental)||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton||8:28|
|8.||"Damage, Inc."||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Hammett||5:29|
|Digital reissue bonus tracks|
|9.||"Battery" (Live in Seattle 1989)||4:53|
|10.||"The Thing That Should Not Be" (Live in Seattle 1989)||7:02|
|1986||UK Albums Chart||41|
|2004||Finnish Album Chart||7|
|2008||Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart||33|
|2009||Mexico Album Chart||66|
|United States (RIAA)||6x Platinum|
|Canada (MC)||6x Platinum|
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