Master of Puppets
|Master of Puppets|
|Studio album by Metallica|
|Released||February 24, 1986|
|Recorded||September 1Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark–December 27, 1985 at|
|Producer||Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen|
|Singles from Master of Puppets|
Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on February 24, 1986, by Asylum Records. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum, and on June 9, 2003, it was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped six million copies in the United States. Master of Puppets received positive reviews. This is the band's last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden while touring to promote the album.
Reception and legacy 
|BBC Music||very favourable|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Master of Puppets has been featured on several "best albums of all time" lists. The album is present in the list "The All-TIME 100 Albums", published by TIME magazine in November 2006. In TIME critic Josh Tyrangiel's opinion, "Metallica didn't bother with hooks or pop discipline" in writing Master of Puppets. IGN ranked it number 1 in a list of the "Top 25 Metal Albums" issued in January 2007. The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Q magazine counted it among the 50 heaviest albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 167 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Music critic Piero Scaruffi ranks Master of Puppets as the second best metal album of all time. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at number 90 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". Many have regarded Master of Puppets as the most influential and important metal album ever made, surpassing Black Sabbath's popular album Paranoid. The album has frequently been tagged by critics as "one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time."
As an early parody of the PMRC's "explicit lyrics" warning labels, many prints of Metallica's 1986 release of Master of Puppets featured an octagonal sticker on the front stating:
- "The only track you probably won't want to play is 'Damage, Inc.' due to the multiple use of the infamous 'F' word. Otherwise, there aren't any 'Shits,' 'Fucks,' 'Pisses,' 'Cunts,' 'Motherfuckers,' or 'Cocksuckers' anywhere on this record" (six of George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words).
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release, Metallica played the album in its entirety on its Escape from the Studio '06 tour for the first time ever at the Rock am Ring festival on June 3, 2006. These concerts included the first-ever complete performances of the instrumental "Orion" (previously, only portions of the song's lengthy middle section had been performed onstage, as part of instrumental medleys and bass solos).
The title track was ranked number 51 on The Greatest Guitar Solos from Guitar World. In 2006, the album was voted the fourth "greatest guitar album of all time" in Guitar World. The April 5th edition of Kerrang! was dedicated to it, providing readers with the cover album Master of Puppets: Remastered. In March 2007, the guitar magazine Total Guitar ranked it in the 100 greatest riffs of all time and the main riff of the album's title track was ranked number one.
All of the songs from the album, with the exceptions of "Leper Messiah" and "Damage, Inc." are playable on the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. The song "Battery" is also featured as a playable track on Rock Band 2.
Live performance 
The title track has become an almost permanent staple of the band's live setlist and is currently the most played Metallica song. "Battery" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" are also regularly played live. "Orion" is the least played song from the album, having been played only 37 times. The album was played in its entirety in 2006 at Rock Am Ring.
Track listing 
All lyrics written by James Hetfield.
|1.||"Battery"||James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich||5:12|
|2.||"Master of Puppets"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett||8:36|
|3.||"The Thing That Should Not Be"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||6:37|
|4.||"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||6:27|
|5.||"Disposable Heroes"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||8:17|
|6.||"Leper Messiah"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Mustaine||5:40|
|7.||"Orion" (instrumental)||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton||8:28|
|8.||"Damage, Inc."||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Hammett||5:29|
|Digital reissue bonus tracks|
|9.||"Battery" (Live in Seattle 1989)||4:53|
|10.||"The Thing That Should Not Be" (Live in Seattle 1989)||7:02|
Chart positions 
|1986||UK Albums Chart||41|
|2004||Finnish Album Chart||7|
|2008||Australian ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart||33|
|2009||Mexico Album Chart||66|
Since the beginning of the SoundScan era in 1991, Master of Puppets has sold 4,578,000 copies.
|United States (RIAA)||6x Platinum|
|Canada (MC)||6x Platinum|
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