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One of the defining albums of thrash metal,Master of Puppetsis arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise.--Genevieve Williams
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Label:  Elektra, Wea
Release Date:  October 25, 1990
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review by . May 14, 2012
posted in Music Matters
Since this is my first review about anything relating to Metallica, I'll be honest here and say that even in my early days of being a metalhead, I never found much appeal behind them. Sure, their first two albums “Kill Em' All” and “Ride the Lightning” had some good moments of worthwhile thrash voltage, but a lot of what they made after 1984 lacks the metal spark that's so vital to any metal band. While I don't think this is one of the absolute worst metal …
review by . July 17, 2001
posted in Music Matters
Master of Puppets illustrates why Metallica was one of the most important metal bands ever.After giving birth to thrash with Kill 'Em All, Metallica began refining their innovations with Ride the Lightning, which added a bit more maturity and compositional quality. Master of Puppets is a much larger step in the same direction, and had the band incorporating more progressive elements into their music. It'd be hard to count the metal bands doing half the pioneering things Metallica was doing.The acoustic, …
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