Metallica
Master of Puppets


4.0
excellent

Review

by atalackofwrds USER (7 Reviews)
October 20th, 2006 | 16 replies | 3,721 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Master of Puppets is arguably one of the best thrash metal albums of all time, and with good reason. The album has a not stop track list and delivers the speed and aggression that Metallica are known were known for in their early days. In short, the album

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

In my opinion Metallica's 1986 release "Master of Puppets" in one of the best metal albums of all time. It certainly ranks amongst Slayer's "Reign in Blood", Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell", and Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." Clearly it is in very good company.

After the releases of Kill em All, and Ride the Lightining, Metallica apparently had a very big task. After all they had put out two albums that woke the metal world up from it's make up, spandex wearing daze. Metallica rose to the occasion and put out one hell of an album...that album is "Master of Puppets."

The blazing speed and vocal aggression that Metallica is known for is all over this album, from start to finish. Although it only has 8 songs, it runs only a few minutes shy of an hour, and every song is great. On the album there are songs that every metalhead will know, and songs that you have probably never heard of, however this by no means reflects their quality....they are all great.

The album is packed with aggression, speed, and is just flat out LOUD. The thing that surpirised me the most when I purchased this album is that every song seems to have a clear message. James Hetfield's lyrics are great in ever sense of the word, they truly have meaning behind them and by the end of every song (except Orion), you'll have a clear image of what he's singing out.

"End of passion play, crumbling away
I'm your source of self-destruction
Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
Leading on your deaths construction
Taste me you will see, more is all you need
You're dedicated to how I'm killing you"

Lyrical excerpt from the song “Master of Puppets”

Even though Hetfield does a very good job on this album, he by no means pulls the rest of the band along. Kirk Hammett lays down some fast, intricate solos that really suite the songs well, and he does a great job when playing rhythm tracks. Cliff Burton is arguably the best bassist ever, and it truly shines through on this album. His bass solo on the instrumental track Orion is very original and it a real work out art. And last but most certainly not least, Lars Ulrich. Lar's ability to play fast and accurate is really something to behold. I also enjoy how some of his drum tracks sound like he's improvising (he did make them up, piece by piece). Thedrum track on "Master of Puppets" is a perfect example; the verse riff is in your face, and the chorus riff is very original.

My Track Rating:
1) Battery - 9/10
2) Master of Puppets - 9/10
3) The Thing That Should Not Be - 7/10
4) Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - 8/10
5) Disposable Heroes - 9/10
6) Leper Messiah - 8/10
7) Orion - 10/10
8) Damage Inc. - 8/10



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TheMisterBungle
October 20th 2006



861 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

best album by these guys
i'm not a huge fan anymore


SCREAM!
October 20th 2006



10035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IT was good for your second review BUT it lacked detail and you said stuff like "this is great" and "that is great" too many times wich made it sound pretty fanboyish.

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

atalackofwrds
October 20th 2006



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, this isthe second review I've done...I'm stilling trying to figure out how to give a "good" review. Besides, it's easier to review albums you like alot in the beginning. And if no one wants another MOP review...don't read it, it's a fairly simple solution.

metallicaman8
October 20th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Alright review.

The Door Mouse
October 20th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it was ok im not gonna vote. you were a lil bit skimpy but its only ur 2nd review. we actually dont need another one but w/e. i only know 1 1/2 songs (mop and some of orion)

AnyColour74
October 20th 2006



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

for a second review, this is alright. for the future, you might want to stay away from albums that have already been heavily reviewed

Dethtrasher
October 20th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have lost my interest in Metallica reviews, but this was better than my second review.

MrKite
October 20th 2006



5020 Comments


i cant get into metallica at all. so i gave u[p and concluded that i think they arent very good.

MisterPilgrim
October 20th 2006



233 Comments


Pretty mediocre review really, but it shows loads of potential. So uh.... Word and stuff.

Oddsen
October 20th 2006



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the the only Metallica album I like a lot.

Back to the Front!

Zmev
October 20th 2006



983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. mediocre-at-best review.

The Door Mouse
October 20th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol bad timeing with this review mm8s review is getting all of the publicity

Angmar
October 20th 2006



2689 Comments


yah its first one on there and its got like 4 pages.

Spamue1G
September 11th 2008



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Ummm... Hetfield's lyrics are awful in pretty much every sense of the word. I'm getting to like this album more and more, and this review was ok. Definitely needed more detail.

ninjuice
September 11th 2008



6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Back then they weren't. Some of his phrasing is based on myth, if I remember correctly.

Spamue1G
September 12th 2008



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Based on myth or not, his lyrics made me cringe and are one of the reasons I didn't like the album for a while. AJFA and The black album have good lyrics, but mostly everything else he's written has been... not great, to put it politely. He had his moments, but nothing special at all.



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