Beyond a shadow of a doubt,"Master of Puppets" has got to be Metallica's overall heaviest and best album. The title track being one of the best songs ever at a blistering 8:38. Not to mention the album as a whole contains a sound that captures the speed and intensity of the previous "Ride the Lightning" album which comes in second or may be arguably tied with "Master of Puppets" in the eyes of some fans, but also a progression which retains the level of crunching,dark guitar riffing and great lyrics which both begin to decline after Injustice for All (which is also a good heavy album, yet not as good as "Master of Puppets" or "Ride the Lightning").
Submitted by Matt D. on 8/5/2002
Metallica unleashes full-throttle trash on "Master of Puppets", the final album recorded with bassist Cliff Burton. For all metal fans, there is no excuse in not owning this album. "M.O.P." is on a scale above all other metal albums ever made. It is, quite simply, a metal masterpiece.
You think you're in for something dark and moody during the opening track, "Battery", which begins with slow an moody acoustic guitar. As the electric guitars kick in, you KNOW you're in for something that will get your adrenaline running. When the fast part of Battery opens up, you're thinking "HOLY SH*T this is the fastest f*cking thing I've ever heard!" With Battery, Metallica definitely reched their full potential as far as thrash metal music goes.
The album doesn't stop at "Battery". The title track, which is, to many, the greatest of all Metallica songs, mixes a unique beat with riffs that will leave you breathless, and a clean solo mid-way through the song that leaves you speechless. Metallica also reaches a triumph with "Disposable Heroes", an eight-minute long thrash-fest, and "The Thing That Should Not Be" should goe down as one of the heaviest, hardest songs ever written. Other notables include "Damage Inc.", another fast-paced thriller and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", hich begins slow and plodding, but morphs into an ear-ripping mosh-fest.
Simply put, if you don't own "Master of Puppets", BUY IT NOW!!!!
Submitted by Sam on 7/29/2003
metallica or should i say old metallica is the kings and will always be. They made a master piece. No one can ever even come close to this album nor surpass it. Everything is perfect i mean the solos and james hetfield's voice was excellent. All the tracks were amazing, my favorites will always be master of puppets,battery,sanitarium,damage inc., and all the other tracks still kick ass. This and ride the lightning made them the kings of metal and will always be.
Submitted by NiX on 3/14/2004
Only true metallers should know that this is one of the best metal albums ever made, re-phase that, this is the BEST album made, No one has come close to this album, its a real masterpiece.
If only they could of stayed like this.
Submitted by sid on 5/16/2004
yes,it is the one metal album,that fullfils your every music desire,from ballads that calms even the savagest beasts(welcome home sanitarium) to full metal avalanche(battery) and even instrumental masterpiece(orion),it has it all,every metal-head MUST have this album!
Submitted by Joe on 10/13/2004
This album,like all other Metallica albums,is hardly listenable.The vocals & the overall sound is crummy and sounds full of pretense.I can think of any group of kids that could put something like this together.My brothers band could play this crap the first time they got together. Want a real band?Try Evergrey and Iced Earth.You can just hear the difference.
Submitted by Mike on 10/24/2004
Ive saw some bad opinions below and im scared!!! How can u talk like this about a band who invented the real THRASH METAL....??? U talk about new bands like Evergrei and shit....i bet u are maximum 16 years old...kid , shut up , i coud be your father.... THIS IS THE HEAVYEST BAND AND THE GREATEST BAND THAT EXISTS IN THE WORLD! Master of Puppets is the best album of Metallica and the best rock shit i have ever listened!!!!!! NO KIDS ALLOWED HERE!
Submitted by Wounded on 10/25/2004
Your old enough to be our fathers and yet you have the grammer of a six year old and can't even spell heaviest...? Slayer are the real fathers of Thrash Metal, Metallica just happened to appear two years before them and steal most of the glory with this piece of crap.. The only thing comendable is the guitar work and some of the lyrics.. Btw i'm 18 and i'd bet 20 bucks that i'm atleast 3 years older than your ass.. (unless you truely are, an extremely dumb adult..)
Submitted by Joe on 11/6/2004
Yes,i am 32 years old & understand that those first to take a swipe at something(metallica being one of the first really heavy metal bands)are usually doing so awkardly.This holds true for any undertaking.As time goes by bascially,we improve apon things.However,within bands efforts tend to grow weak over time.Good bands become average,decent bands become crappy,and shit bands become...real shit!Metallica was one of the first heavy bands-and that is all!They don't have any special sound,nothing that makes them above average!They are nothing more than a garage band like they once said themsleves!
EVREGREY,ICED EARTH(NOT NEW ALBUM)WINDS(NEW ONE),AND ADAGIO are the best things out today!!!Take your time and listen to them if you dare!!!!
ok,don't branch out to other metal bands if you want to stay within the same confined bounds!!
Submitted by Rattle on 5/30/2005
Joe when i started reading ur preview i really thought you were kidding. And i still do. Just tell me how many batterys or master of puppets have we seen in metal. Just be serious man!!
Lol your brother has written a song even approaching at the minimun the preciousness of the worst song of metallica(5 first albums)? I tell you i still think you are kidding. You cant believe this think. I believe metallica is the best and more talented gathering of musicians in the world ever. Its a shame that they were blinded by the money and now they dont give a shit about us! Just think the metal days then and you will see tht metallica is the most refreshing thing ever seen!!
Submitted by Skar on 9/17/2005
An Epic record. For guys like Joe fail to realize that without this 'crummy' band, iced earth and evergrey prob wouldn't exist along with a lot of other bands. iced/evergrey is pretty cheesy though, you should try some darkane, dark tranquillity etc. unless you DO like those pussy powermetal vocals.
Submitted by Mark on 9/30/2005
Just put on this way. For that such a an musics which they had produced (in year 1986), that was fucking great!.. I hail of what they had came out. This is classic, creative and mind blowing. I have it for my collection as the great example of heavy metal of all time....
Submitted by Big H!!! on 12/9/2005
The finest metal album ever created!!
Submitted by david on 12/10/2005
This is a blueprint for thrash metal. Sophisticated lyrics, great arrangements. This is Metallica in all their thrashing and indeed doom glory. The Sabbath influence is quite profound on this one and also Justice. Simply a landmark piece of musical history. An album that simply has great songs. Sure on todays standards of blasting and math-metal it might sound almost dated. However it stands as one of the bands shining moments when they simply got it right.
Submitted by cliff2 on 3/3/2006
"God, why did you have to take him away?" It's too bad that Cliff died man. I wish he had survived the crash so Metallica could've continued making great music such as this. What a tragedy man. Anyways, if you don't have Master of Puppets, you need to get up off your ass and go buy it man. Do it for Cliff...
Submitted by Ben Dover on 5/15/2012
This is a classic album, to say the least. For all the 'haters', Metallica is living life far better than you will ever be. I'd like to see YOU create an album as great as MOP. Just have respect. Funny thing is, most of these cats commenting haven't even touched an instrument, let alone, play one.