Master of Puppets

Metallica - Master of Puppets
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1986 Ratings: #4 / 81
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Based on 641 ratings
1986 Ratings: #2
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March 3, 1986 / Release Date
LP / Format
Elektra, Music for Nations, Vertigo / Label
Thrash Metal / Genres
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The arrangements are thick and muscular, and the material varies enough in texture and tempo to hold interest through all its twists and turns. Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close.


Genius does not appear out of thin air and Puppets was a culmination of Metallica’s influences and forward direction.


It ain't perfect, but it's a real damn force to be reckoned with. If you love thrash and/or love heavy metal in general, this is essential listening.

At first, I couldn't decide whether Ride the Lightning or this was the best Metallica album, but after exploring through this album many MANY times, I can easily say this IS not only the best Metallica album but one of the best metal albums ever released! All the instruments flow incredibly well together like an ensemble and it truly feels like a cinematic experience. I don't usually come back to this record, but when I do, it's rewarding.

I don't even like metal.

Best: Battery, Master of Puppets, Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, Damage Inc.

Weakest: Orion
this is what all metal albums should strive to be. metallica showcases the pinnalce of their potential on this LP, with insanely intricate guitar and drum solos, as well as the vocals of james hatfield. the band has a perfect balance of the parts of a song with and without singing, and instrumental pieces. this deserves to go down as metallica's best project, as it was way ahead of it's time and will be remembered as one of the best metal/rock records of all time.
fav tracks: master of ... read more
Shoutout to my math teacher for giving me 3 points at the math test so i can get a good grade at math

Be proud of me you Metallica fan,Vsauce look alike
After being recommended this by one of my friends, I was not disappointed at all. Every element comes together to form what is easily the best Metal album.
The vocals are amazing and James manages some incredible performances ("Disposable Heroes") on the album. The instruments don't disappoint either, though. From the iconic riffs of "Master of Puppets" and "Orion" to the flawless solo of "The Thing That Should Not Be", to the drum fills lining most ... read more
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Track List

  1. Battery 
  2. Master Of Puppets 
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be 
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 
  5. Disposable Heroes 
  6. Leper Messiah 
  7. Orion 
  8. Damage, Inc.
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Added on: September 24, 2012