Metallica
Master of Puppets


5.0
classic

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (36 Reviews)
February 6th, 2014 | 78 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Absolutely epitomal

А stаccаtо hit, thrее mоrе аccеnts, thеn thе infamous dеscеnding chrоmаtic riff, аll fаstidiоusly dоwnpickеd. This simply stated sequence of events is the opening gestures of the title track to Metallica's Master of Puppets. In the near-three decades since its inception, few, if any metal songs have been made that are able to flood your body with adrenaline the same way. Legends say that, back in '86, upon first hearing this opening riff, people thought their vinyl was skipping, so they had to go back to the store to return it, only to find out that it is supposed to sound that way. The immensity of the song is such that to this day it remains a gold standard, not only in the genre, but in the music industry as a whole, with many people citing it as their entry point to metal.

But who exactly is the insidious master of puppets? Is is the abusive army officer barking orders which you are compelled to obey? Is it the religious establishment? Is it substance addiction or mental illness? Is it the overwhelming cosmos, with its inherent randomness? Is it perhaps fate? This is eventually a question with many answers, some of which are explored in Metallica's magnum opus. Though not exactly a concept album, Master of Puppets revolves around analysing one theme from varying angles. Be it through the sheer eerily melodic force of Sanitarium or the crushing and unrelenting one-note riffs of Disposable Heroes, the band successfully drives home the idea of an oppressive, yet invisible puppet master being in control. This notion is further reinforced by the simple, yet gloomy album cover depicting us as subjects to this external force, with death's ominous finality being the one certain thing. These qualities give this album a certain monolithic character, which was something not seen much in metal at the time it was released.

Objectively speaking, this record is not perfect. The meandering The Thing that Should Not Be is a bit directionless and feels out of context compared to the rest of the songs on here. Meanwhile, Leper Messiah's plodding groove simply lacks punch, even though the song picks up speed in its second half providing for a satisfactory finish. For all the praise Battery gains, I do feel the use of the main riff is a bit overemployed, without managing to retain an enduring intensity like the repetition of riffs in Disposable Heroes does. But these are merely minor flaws, as the true classic status of this album is earned not through the merits of its individual components, but rather its monumental significance and influence not only in the metal genre, but the evolution of music as a whole.



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Necrotica
February 6th 2014


10584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking hell, not this shit again

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MO
February 6th 2014


19477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ugh

Kalopsia
February 6th 2014


943 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Objectively speaking, this record is not perfect.



5.0

classic







makes sense

HeavyReviews
February 6th 2014


38 Comments


Bunch of snobs in the comment section. I'm still to see a review by all these fuckers who troll a man's work

Greyvy
February 6th 2014


5427 Comments


pos good review

Greyvy
February 6th 2014


5427 Comments


6 people like this. Be the first of your friends.

DrHouseSchuldiner
February 6th 2014


5643 Comments


plz obey your master

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2014


6828 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can't believe I am about to pos a laughingskull review, but...here's it goes...

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SitarHero
February 6th 2014


4881 Comments


Fuck you I won't do what you tell me.

Greyvy
February 6th 2014


5427 Comments


thе infamous dеscеnding chrоmаtic riff, аll fаstidiоusly dоwnpickеd

fastidiously

Necrotica
February 6th 2014


10584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Bunch of snobs in the comment section. I'm still to see a review by all these fuckers who troll a man's work"



lol

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2014


6828 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No idea but if spooky is right, I will retract my pos.

SitarHero
February 6th 2014


4881 Comments


Epistemological is a word. Perhaps that's what he was trying to say?

KILL
February 6th 2014


73197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stfu

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SitarHero
February 6th 2014


4881 Comments


Lol, clearly you've never met an elephant.

BigPleb
February 6th 2014


40192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Get rid of Thing That Should Not Be and this is 5/5

facupm
February 6th 2014


9377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stop reviewing please

KriegdemKriege
February 6th 2014


1441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Epitomal is not a word.



How is this not a 3?

KriegdemKriege
February 6th 2014


1441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, neither is "fastidiously"





itchybutthole
February 6th 2014


3421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fukin ghosts..



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