Metallica
Master of Puppets


4.5
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by needledeathpunk USER (1 Reviews)
August 28th, 2008 | 10 replies | 2,765 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ahh good ol' Metallica. A band that needs no introduction. Possibly their biggest hit album, called a classic by many. Is it really a classic? Your about to find out.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I'm sure you've all heard at least one song from this album. This album in a way changed the metal genre.

The opener song Battery starts off with a beautiful acoustic intro. Then the guitar and drums kick in, immediatly you can tell this song is going to be epic. The riffs are crushing then the vocals kick in. James spits out a fast verse, it is interupted by a quick little solo and he picks up where he left off. The songs lets off for a moment and the guitars and drums slow down. The guitar and drums mix perfect on this track. The vocal peformance is excellent, its Jame's typical vocal style which is used throughout the album. Another amazing solo breaks in around the 3:30 mark. The lyrics to this song are good, its a fairly catchy song as well, most of the songs on the album are though. Overall this song is very enjoyable, and the intro is flawless. 4.5/5

The next song is the title track and the most well known song from the album. It starts of with the famous duh-duh-duh-duhhh, and picks up with another great riff. This is probably one of the catchiest guitar songs of all time for me. The first verse starts at the 1:00 mark, the lyrics to this song are awesome. The bass is pretty left out on this song, and isn't heard much, but to be honest with the amazing riffs and shredding solos bass being drowned out really isn't a problem for me. While James is chanting "Master" his voice goes deep and falls into the backround, and a solo arises to the foreground. This solo is extremely epic and raises the hairs on the back of my neck. Another verse is thrown in quickly and another solo is added to the mix, this one to me is not as impressive as the first one but it still holds its own. When the solo fades out, the song picks up where it left off again. Overall the riffs are crushing the solos are superb and the lyrics are great. 5/5

Another nice intro starts the next song The Thing That Should Not Be, seeing a pattern? The main riff comes in kind of slow paced, then it begins to slow down more. At first the heavy riffs stop when James is doing his thing but then they begin to accompiany him later on in the verse. The guitar and drums once again mesh excellent. The lyrics to this song are alright. The solo isn't one of my favorites on the album, but it is still a good one. This song begins to bore me towards the end. 4/5

I love the intro for the next song Welcome Home (Sanitarium) It a softer opener, and they make the guitar almost sound like chimes. This overall is one of the softest songs on the album, and overall it is one of the best. The first solo is slow but it is done with precison. The lyrics for this song are some of my favorites on the album. The riffs in this song aren't as memorible than the rest but they are still great. The second solo is fast and I didn't think it fit well with the song, it kind of broke the mood, its a good solo though just not placed correctly. Overall this is a 4.5/5 for me.

Disposable Heroes is my personal favorite song off this album and its also my second favorite Metallica song next to Blackened. The opening riff is amazing, then the second guitar kicks in with a fairly epic riff. I absolutely love the lyrics to this song, I even put them on my wall. Its about war, one of the better Metallica songs in my opinion. When the chant "BACK TO THE FRONT" is belted at you, its truely believable. The solos are blazingly fast. This is the song that drew me to buy this album. Overall I give this song a 5/5 because of its amazing instrumental values, its great lyrics, and its outstanding vocal performance.

Leper Messiah is the next song on the cd. This is another popular one (around my area it is at least...) I don't care for it much to be honest I don't know why its just seems to drag alot, good solo though. 3.5/5

Orion is by far one of my favorite instrumentals ever made, it has alot of depth and style changes. Its got a real epic feel to it. The guitar and drums are in sync perfectly with one another. Hopefully we can get a new instrumental similar on "Death Magnetic" 5/5

Damage Inc. is an amazing song with a great opening, it has a guitar fading in and out with one of the best guitar tones I've ever heard. After the opening this turns into one of the thrashiest songs on the album. The song feels like it ends way to quickly though, and its a long song! This is the only song on the album I thought could've been longer. This is one of my personal favorite Metallica tunes. 5/5

Overall I give this a 4.5/5


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needledeathpunk
August 28th 2008



44 Comments


It'd be great if you could give me some feedback...

morrissey
Moderator
August 28th 2008



1688 Comments


Welcome to the reviewing fold.

Thank you for the contribution, but here are a few suggestions that might help you in the future. You mention in your introduction that most people have heard at least one song from this album. With that in mind, you should probably recognise your target audience - if most people already know the songs, it is likely not necessary to detail each individual song with what essentially amounts to a play-by-play ("the guitar does this, then the vocalist does that"). Instead, focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each song, how they fit together or differ from each other. Discuss the themes of the album, critique the lyrical quality of the record, detail how it compares to other Metallica releases. Describe the album's ability (or lack thereof) to evoke emotion and imagery. You get the idea.

Also, if you are going to continue to write track-by-track reviews (which is fine for a new reviewer, though you'll come to find it limiting in time), I'd recommend writing a paragraph-long introduction and conclusion which at least briefly touch on some of the themes I mentioned above. This helps to reinforce your opinion and make the reader clear on your views on the album as a whole.

Hope this helps.This Message Edited On 08.28.08

jason_f90
August 28th 2008



203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Orion is God.

Bfhurricane
August 28th 2008



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Welcome to the site! This is a fair album for you to choose for a first since it's pretty easy to praise. I'll give you a few pointers:
You start out by asking a question in the summary in which you fail to answer. That's a no no. Your song descriptions, for the most part, are pretty good, but you can expand on a few descriptions, especially for Orion and Leper Messiah. What kind of depth? Style change? Throw in a unique comment, say that Cliff threw in a ballroom dance tune halfway into the song and contrast that with the polar-opposite heavy riffing at the beginning and end of the song. As you review more and read some more material off this site, you'll learn how to jazz up your descriptions a bit. And of course, sparks of humor here and there keep the review interesting.
Not bad at all though. Only real problem is that your rating's a little low. A lot of people will give you crap for writing a track-by-track, I personally think they're fine when they're done right.

iamthenightmare
August 28th 2008



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

kind of an unnecessary review considering there are already 6 other reviews saying almost exactly the same thing.

the your in your summary should be you're

the first sentence is completely unnecessary, especially as a stand-alone sentence. trackbytracks are very hard to get through as they become insanely boring, so you might wanna find a better format.

you start off being really descriptive on each track, but then the last three songs have little to no description whatsoever. too much description makes your review drag, too little leaves people guessing. this goes for pretty much all formats of reviews. overall ive read much worse first reviews. welcome and look for my review whenever i eventually decide what its gonna be on

fireaboveicebelow
August 28th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you're going to do a track by track, don't just not describe a song for whatever reason. you definantly need to work on writing intros and conclusions as well. look around some staff reviews to see all sorts of formats and get some ideas, for you eventually need to stray away from tbt's. also, just a personal note, try not to review an album you'd rate a 5 until you're confident you can produce something of sufficient quality to express yourself
This Message Edited On 08.28.08

Essence
August 28th 2008



3576 Comments


The what?

Cool! I lost 30 comments. I can make my 1000th meaningful this time.This Message Edited On 08.28.08

fireaboveicebelow
August 28th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

unless you forget again

Bfhurricane
August 30th 2008



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was sort of half-joking. Of course I think this deserves a 5, but I really wouldn't consider a 4.5 to be too low. I'm so facetious.

Altmer
August 30th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the user distribution chart disagrees with sonic the plumber



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