Metallica – Master of Puppets Reviews

Master of Puppets

essential recording
One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica’s best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In (more…)

14 responses to “Metallica – Master of Puppets Reviews”

  1. Yassah says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Master Piece
    Cliff Burton’s influence in the band is very evident on this album. Lars Ulrich oftens credits that Cliff had an understanding of time signature, syncopation, and melody that the…

  2. Humaira says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Intense but Melodic Metal
    While I grew up in the 70s on bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rush, and Rainbow, I moved away from hard rock and metal to classical music late in high school.

  3. Frigg says:

    This is one of the best produced albums of all, not just in the genre of Thrash Metal. Metallica rocked with their first two albums, but this is the album that I most of all. There is not a single dull moment on this masterpiece of puppetry. All songs are lightning fast precision and glorious heavy metal power. And yet, 1) The songs clock in mostly between 5-12 minutes, and 2) In the middle of the chaos of the Wailing Wall guitars and pounding drums is the sound of melody and classically influenced arrangements and composition. This is largely in part bassist Cliff Burton, the classically trained member of the band. Unfortunately, this would be his last album, but if he be a final farewell before his sudden and unfortunate death, this album screams with a capacity of engraver that the audience in the minds, “Cliff was here!” — “Battery”: great acoustic intro leads into a manic barage of the harsh vocals and Ulrich Hetfield beating the drums that literally batter their way through the ears. – “Master of Puppets”: a classic in the truest sense of the word. Like “Battery,” this song is fast, hard, and it beckons with energy the question of who is truly the puppet and who is the puppeteer. – “The thing that is not his”: again, a great acoustic intro leads into a hardcore thrash rhythm. – “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”: the lyrics are the real gem here is the story of a mental patient from the interior of the patient into account. The music is great, but the text you can pursue if you are not careful. – “Disposable Heroes”: while I like their later song “One” better in terms of the lyrical device of the soldier perspective, which I still have this one credit, because he came first, and sometimes honestly … everything on this album kick serious ass, this one. – “Leper Messiah”: I could say again that this song is fierce in its brutal size, but I have to say that about every other song, so … let's just say that this is yet another great song on this album very much. – “Orion”: great instrumental, with a militaristic March that the gradeur echoes of Wagner, but not depressing. That is something for the Metal Militia to use as a WarCry. – “Damage Inc.”: the introduction of this song is absolutely incredible. It is my favorite part of the song, and that it is my favorite song on the album. As a closer … It is amazing, and it is one of the best songs Metallica ever recorded. Top-end production, speed-licks only Hammett and Hetfield could enter the court, Eddie Van Halen a run for his money, and let's face it … as I said, it is a sad but glorious and powerful farewell to Cliff Burton. He has given us too soon. Behold his legacy! DANCE PUPPETS! DANCE!

  4. Istvan says:

    Master of Puppets illustrates why Metallica was one of the most important metal bands of all time. after birth to thrash with Kill 'Em All, Metallica began their innovations with Ride the Lightning, with a little more maturity and compositional quality. Master of Puppets is a much bigger step in the same direction, and had the band, the more progressive elements into their music. It would be difficult to count the metal bands to make half of the pioneering things Metallica does. The acoustic, quiet introduction to “Battery” explodes under an aggressive onslaught of hyperkinetic, muscular riffs and thick, heavy arrangements characterize the entire album. That is not to say that it is superfluous, if. All eight songs are excellent, with enough variation of tempo and texture, to ensure that they are never boring, which is of crucial importance, though some songs for eight minutes ( “Master of Puppets”, “Disposable Heroes”, ” ; Orion “). Cripe, you can dissect the riffery the title track, and perhaps half a dozen normal-metal songs. The “s appeal of Metallica: They cram a ton of ideas in their music, but all songs are perfectly crafted, without the slightest sense of disjointed songwriting. Speaking of the title track, in particular through a dynamic composition, where the middle part is in a quieter, evocative guitar solo (one of the few played by Hetfield) before it all again. “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” mirrors “Fade to Black” in the evolution of the intensity. It starts with haunting melodies, until the core issue of the chorus, then comes into high gear with a weighty, fast riffs and a glistening lead that with the song on his vengeful climax. Hetfield is not quite a master lyricist, but also for the first time in Metallica's career, the lyrics were insightful with effective diction. Note the tell and vitriolic “Disposable Heroes” or “Leper Messiah”. Hetfield was never a great singer, but he was a good singer metal. Although his cruelty was, by youthful pipes, he still managed to malignancy, the music so hard, so angry. And even if the band avoid words and singing, they could impress. “Orion” is a marvel of metal songwriting, eight minutes, an instrumental, with precise, articulate solos (including a short but sweet from the late bassist Cliff Burton) and big, chugging riffs. Most metal bands wrote instrumental music, the three or four minutes … never eight. But Metallica did it, and she has it good enough to songs like “Orion” and “To Live Is To Die” (from … and justice) in my favorite metal instrumentals. My voice to the many, many fans, this album five stars (about 362, at the time of this writing). When Master of Puppets is not the best metal album of all time, it is very very close.

  5. Zaida says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    I was hopeful that this was the real deal after reading about it being a “Rare Japanese Pressing” of one of my top FIVE favorite albums of all time AND BOY, WAS I MISLED!

  6. Anonymous says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Thrash metal? More like TRASH metal! Get St. Anger instead.
    I don’t know why people think this is Metallica’s greatest album! It’s the same riff over and over and over and over, and I have not even seen a MOP music video on MTV.

  7. Rishi says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Music for the soul
    From the other 1200+ reviews, its obvious that this album is a gem. Every single song on this album will blow your mind.

  8. Gustav says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica’s final album with Cliff Burton is also their best.
    September 27, 1986 remains one of the bleakest days in metal history. Metallica lost their bassist and creative driving force in Cliff Burton.

  9. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the Best Metal Albums of All Time
    This is the essential Metallica album. Their best one to date. I love Ride the Lightning but it has 2 weak tracks in Escape and Trapped Under Ice.

  10. Cybele says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I’m pulling your strings…
    I know a lot of people have said it before, but just cuz I feel like it, I’m gonna say it again. This album is possibly the greatest metal album of all time.

  11. Cagney says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This Album Set The Bar
    This is by far my favorite Metallica album. When I picked this up, I was blown away by their intensity and raw power. It also has some great songs on it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is another metal gem , awesome music altogether , this is a metal album you must own , you will be glad you did , i must mention that this is bassist Cliff Burton’s last…

  13. itwitch01 says:

    this one is among their best… obviously! however, ozzy and megadeth are just as good, i mean come on, randy rhodes and dave mustaine kick major ass to! agreed?

  14. itwitch01 says:

    this one is among their best… obviously! however, ozzy and megadeth are just as good, i mean come on, randy rhodes and dave mustaine kick major ass to! agreed? 5 out of 5

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