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Master of Puppets

Metallica - Master of Puppets
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1986 Ratings: #4 / 64
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Based on 319 ratings
1986 Ratings: #2
March 3, 1986 / Release Date
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Elektra, Music for Nations, Vertigo / Label
Thrash Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

100
Pitchfork

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

90
Sputnikmusic

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.

KIDWITHGUNs
88
Amazing

I don't even like metal.

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

Weakest: Orion
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96
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
Inglume
96
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.
WhatTheFunk
100
I'm not the biggest fan of metal or Metallica, but I recognize that this album is an extraordinary classic "Master of Puppets" extends the work done on "Ride the Lighting"; he sublimates it.
The sound is found, the style too. This mixture of ultra-compressed saturation, thick, sticky riffs, gives the album an epic dimension. "Master of Puppets" is the best album of Metallica and the master of the genre. The group takes off, emancipating itself gently from ... read more
JoaoSantos
94
Best Metallica record without a doubt.
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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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