After their outstanding “Ride The Lightning“ album METALLICA unearthed their third long player “Master Of Puppets“ in 1986. As everybody knows, the gentlemen Hetfield and co. had forged a masterpiece of pure genius. Just like the previous album “Master Of Puppets” became a classic and additionally one of the best Thrash Metal albums of all times.
Every banger will get spasms in the neck muscles when just reading song titles such as „Battery“, “The Thing That Should Not Be“ or “Damage, Inc.“. This album only contains classics. No matter if the just mentioned songs or any other. Each track is to the point and could justify the purchase and the praises. Just like on “Ride The Lightning” METALLICA do not just step on the pedal. With “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)“, which most probably everybody could shout along with right away, or the slow paced “Leper Messiah” METALLICA showed that they were masters of their trade in every tempo. With “Orion” they, of course, also had an instrumental on board again. Besides “The Call Of Ktulu” the best of the band’s history.
What strikes on “Master Of Puppets“ are the long playing times of the single tracks. No song clocks in at under five minutes and still never gets boring in any way. On their 1986 work METALLICA are even more flexible, catchy and still more progressive and variable than before. I don’t think that there is much more to say. I think that all of you know the songs and know what this is about. The album, of course, has been produced by Flemming Rasmussen, who had always given METALLICA a top sound. The lyrics also deserve a thumbs up. Just like the cover hints at a central topic, being war and the terror and horrors it brings to the people.
In the more recent past METALLICA have not exactly released brilliant stuff anymore, but this will never be able to affect “Master Of Puppets”. The album will remain a true classic for all times. Simply because the album sounds absolutely timeless. After the tragic death of bassist extraordinaire Cliff Burton (R.I.P. Metalbrother) to my ears METALLICA never managed to reach the quality of their first three albums anymore. If it has been Cliff or not, everything that came afterwards was between “ok” to “strong”, but nothing could reach “Master Of Puppets” anymore until today. And I think that METALLICA won’t ever be able to top off this one anymore. A classic until the end of time.
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