these days i spend a lot more time listening to overkill and megadeth and tool than metallica, but no one can deny that Master of Puppets is, simply put, what metal should be. It is, without a doubt, the best heavy metal album anyone has ever done. Better than Megadeth’s Rust In Peace, better than Black Sabbath’s We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll, and that is no light statement. Battery lulls you in with masterful acoustic guitars then bashes you over the head with power and fury. Amazon.com may say the theme is power, but it is actually insanity. The insanity of domestic abuse(battery) drug addiction(master of puppets) the insanity that results from seeing things not meant to be seen(the thing that should not be-which takes its lyrics almost directly from a H. P. Lovecraft story) being locked in an institution(welcome home) the insanity of war and sending your children off to be slaughtered for the greater good(disposable heroes) then pure insanity made audio-orion, this instrumental sounds like beethoven done electric. That may sound uninteresting to metal fans and blasphemous to fans of classical, but i am a huge fan of both and i challenge metal fans to listen to beethoven and beethoven fans to listen to orion, you will find they hold much in common. i don’t know if hetfield and the rest of metallica is insane, as beethoven was, but they at least know how to express the feeling. the final track, Damage, Inc.-doesn’t appear to have a theme really, it is pure metal, a la Kill ‘em All. If you are a fan of Heavy Metal, or are even curios about it, or simply wonder if you’ve given it a bad rap, buy this. Listen. If you don’t like this cd, don’t bother with another metal cd ever, because this is exactly what metal is meant to be.