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Master Of Puppets

Metallica

1986

Master Of Puppets

Album Summary

Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on March 3, 1986, by Elektra Records. Recorded in Denmark at Sweet Silence Studios with producer Flemming Rasmussen, it was the band's last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident in Sweden during the album's promotional tour. The album's artwork, designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch and painted by Don Brautigam, depicts a cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a clouded, blood-red sky, with a fiery orange glow on the horizon. Instead of releasing a single or video in advance of the album's release, Metallica embarked on a five-month American tour in support of Ozzy Osbourne. The European leg was canceled after Burton's death in September 1986, and the band returned home to audition a new bassist. Master of Puppets peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its music and political lyrics. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential thrash metal albums of all time, and is credited with consolidating the American thrash metal scene. It was certified six times platinum by the RIAA in 2003 for shipping six million copies in the United States, and was later certified six times platinum by Music Canada and platinum by the BPI. In 2015, Master of Puppets became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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Rating

3.68

Votes

5386

Genres

  • Metal
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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Man they really took themselves serious back in the day huh? 8 songs in 54 minutes attests as much. There’s a certain churning pleasure to be found here, and when it gets chunky it gets good. But I don’t know if long and repetitive necessarily equals masterful. And this from a man who actually likes Tool. I’m giving it 3 stars because I gave Black Sabbath the same and I like this better. From henceforth let’s imagine I gave Black Sabbath 2 stars, okay?

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

i've been eyeing this one, too. fantastic album, and it takes me straight back to the days of bmx bikes and climbing cliffs and hanging out in sketchy attics with sketchy people. damage inc is an awesome way to cap off any album there is, too.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
1

A very busy weekend which meant I didn't get around to listening to this and, frankly, I'm relieved. I did my time with this and other Metallica albums in my teenage years. I don't need to go back there.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

The distillation of all the best bits of Metallica across 54 minutes of brutal, aggressive, tight and polished musicianship (though there’s also a lot of subtlety here too). I listened to this a lot when I was a teenager, and many years after my wasted youth this album still can't be rated anything less than a 5.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

An easy 5. I don't like all of Metallica's work but this album's hard to argue with. Excellent music.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Thrash metal hits its peak. Growling ginger walrus gargles hate and anger while gurning midget smashes the drums. Solid album. Best Tracks: Battery; Master of Puppets; Orion

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Tue Mar 16 2021
2

Really not as great as I thought it was. Pretty bland.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
1

Reaction when this one popped up was “not now.” Reaction after listening was “not ever!” Now that we’ve listened to multiple Metallica albums I can say this is not their best and that is a very low bar.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

My personal favorite Metallica album is still Ride the Lightning, but objectively this is probably their most cohesive work. Both are classics.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

A classic. Enough has been said about the self-titled track, but I just want to call to attention how brilliant of a piece Orion is. One of only a few Metallica instrumentals, and simply stunning.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

I have loved this album for decades and have no issues listening to it again. It stands the test of time and for me is probably Metallica's best album (or neck-in-neck with And Justice For All). Also the tracks really follow well if you listen in order. Note too that I saw Metallica play half these songs live and it was probably the most high-quality, fan-oriented live show I've seen.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Great album with no bad songs. Battery, MOP, Sanatarium. Excellent guitar, drums and vocals throughout. Substantive, thoughtful lyrics yelled at you until you get it.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

If you'd have asked me even 10 years ago I would have given this an enthusiastic 5 and gushed about it being an enormously influential classic of the genre, which is still is. I'm not in the same place, so I don't enjoy them as much now, but it's still a great album

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Arguably Metallica's magnum opus. An amazing, inventive, and powerful set of prog-infused thrash metal tracks, full of tasty riffs and fun solos.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

THE perfect metal album. To be fair, I am already a really big Metallica fan that has seen them live and enjoys pretty much everything they have released outside of most songs on Load, Reload, and St. Anger. While I would personally take Ride the Lightning or AJFA over Master of Puppets, I cannot deny that this is the masterpiece that made them legends today. The vocals, guitar, bass, and drums are all as strong as can be within the metal genre, but the songwriting and composition make this album insanely hard to beat. I feel that Cliff Burton played a huge part in making this album what it is, and you can tell that this was easily their most mature and sophisticated album up to that point (most would argue they never reached these heights again, but I feel AJFA has amazing moments that prove them wrong). Every song structure here is crafted so tightly that it makes the whole album feel cohesive but unique with a mix of lightning fast and slow paced songs: for every insane track like Damage Inc., you have a somber track like The Thing That Should Not Be that creates a great pace throughout the listening experience. I feel that there is not a dud on this entire record and that every single track has a unique element that makes it stand out from the rest. If I had to choose particular songs, I would say Disposable Heroes and Master of Puppets are my favorites. The anti-war message of the album is most strong through these tracks, but the entirety of the record features pounding aggression and softer moments that really let the lyrics and emotion stand out. This is one of the only hard rock albums I can think of where the songs would work just as well as orchestral versions, especially the instrumental track Orion. For that reason alone, I would say that this album is amazing, but having that aspect combined with top notch performance from every single member makes this flawless. 5/5.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

This album is even better than I remember it. Though that being said metallica may have better albums.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

First full Metallica album I've listened to. I can see why 80's teens were into it. Complicated rhythms, edgy lyrics. Moms don't love it.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Master of Puppets is one of my favorite metal songs of all time. There are moments when the album takes a more melodic, quiet approach which I really love. It's great if you're in the right mindset, but can be exhausting listening all the way through. I think Metallica is as heavy as I can take in terms of metal.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I can't say that I've ever been a fan of the members of Metallica as people, but goddamn their early work is just stellar. Intense and loud while still remaining incredibly melodic and intricate, this may be their best album. I just wish that they could have gone the Slayer route more and just stick to their metal roots rather than following the course of popular rock 'n roll. At their peak, Metallica may have been the greatest metal band of all time, bar none. 4/5 (but very close to 5)

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

It's technical but not really enjoyable. After a while it all just sounds like the same screech. Not my cup of tea.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
5

This album is awesome!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

S tier thrash album!

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Fri May 07 2021
5

I feel like I can understand people who don't like metal, but I really enjoy it. Metallica, especially, has a lot of symphonic and classical influences apparent in their music. Just look at a song like "Battery", or pretty much anything on this record. I'm not Metallica's biggest fan, but damn does this record rip. Favorite tracks: "Battery", "The Thing That Should Not Be", "Sanitarium"

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

RIP Cliff who knows what may have been post And Justice For All. This album still slaps

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Metallica's best.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

A classic, definitely enjoyed my listen. The switch in the first song from acoustic to electric is killer, and Master of Puppets is an incredible song. Deserves to be on this list, 7/8,fav song master of puppets.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Solid album... not even my favorite from them, but I can't go lower than 5.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

This one is a classic for me. One of my favorites from Metallica

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

#3 Metallica after Justice and Lightning. Brilliant.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

This rating was not pulling my strings

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Very good album

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Orion

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Geweldig album van een geweldige band, gister led zeppelin en vandaag deze klassieker

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Yes please

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

One of my favorite albums. Most Definitely my on ramp into metal.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Klassiker

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

BEST METAL ALBUM EVER. I'd give it six stars if I could.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

Masterpiece. What a ride. Headbangers dreamland.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Awesome thrash sound. Consistently hard and fast.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Gammal Metallica er gammal Metallica

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Holder seg

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Classic. One of the best by one of the best.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Ce classique !

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Masterpiece!

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

METALLICA MOFOS

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Classic

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

you KNOW it's a dang five

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Great to listen, I recommend playing agressive Red dead redemption 2 gameplay while listening to it.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Heard it a thousand times.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

biblical

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Perfect

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

ja tinha ouvido umas tres vezes antes, por isso fiquei com preguiça de ouvir denovo, mesmo assim vou dar 5 estrelas, muito bom

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Masterpiece

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Thu May 27 2021
5

One of my favourite albums

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Love it

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I think I'd go to bat for this as the most essential and best Metallica album, definitely a classic, definitely belongs on the "must listen" list.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

absolutely legendary. best thrash album of all time

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Thu May 06 2021
5

lurve metallica!

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Mon May 17 2021
5

A metal masterpiece. A must listen for any fan of the genre. Highlighted songs: Master of Puppets, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Orion

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Wed May 12 2021
5

as good as I remember from 10 years ago

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Super fast, super powerful, with killer songwriting. Battery is a hell of an opener, and MoP is an all time classic track. Spectacular from beginning to end.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

I don't even need to listen to this to give it a 5/5... buuuuuuuut I'm still gonna listen to it anyway :D

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

I mean, c'mon.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

10

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Excellent - every song a banger

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Always love older Metallica! And this came up on the 3-year anniversary of my last show of theirs!

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

Easily one of my all time favourites. Let’s GO!!!

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

The first time I've heared this album. Great! Should listen more Metallica.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

What a ride!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

An album that I have dipped in and out of over the years. I'm not a massive fan but I enjoy what I hear

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Amazing!!!

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Great classic thrash album, lots of nostalgia for me personally so this is an easy 5 as I grew up on these tunes. Still bangers.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Pionero del metal de una de las bandas más contundentes. Todo un clásico con guitarras y batería poderosas

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

Sólo por Master of puppets se merece el 5, pero es que además tiene casi todas buenas.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Amazing. Legendary album.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

ну норм так то. Метально

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Classic metal record

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

One of their best albums ever

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

What we are talking about here is in my opinion one of the most famous metal albums of all time, and for good reason. Diverse sounds, with all the stuff that is good about thrash at one point or another. Not even my favorite Metallica album, but their most prominent early one by far.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

A gold standard

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Battery, damamg inc, Master of puppets - great album

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Greatest thrash metal album of all time.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Metallica have been in my musical DNA from a very early age, thanks to my older brother. I fell in love with them hard, myself, when I was about 20. They were my gateway into metal and for the longest time they were my all time favourite band. They have since been surpassed by Coheed and Cambria, but Master of Puppets remains a top tier Metallica album for me, as well as being one of the greatest representations of metal at it's finest. I love all the songs here, with the exception of Leper Messiah. That song leaves a bit to be desired but every other song is a banger. They've all been reviewed a million times but the longer songs Orion, and the title track are the best for my money. Not to say the others are slouches. Battery may be the single greatest metal opener, alongside Angel of Death and Clenching the Fists of Dissent. My first live experience watching Metallica was Download Festival 2006. It was the 20 year anniversary of this album and they played it in it's entirety and I kid you not when I sat I had an out of body experience! I there my whole being, body and soul into that show and was lucky to make it out alive! Perfection, or close enough.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Absolutely phenomenal album, always worth listening all the way through

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

I love this album

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Best Metallica album, rated previous Metallica albums as 4 (AJFA) and 3 (Black) so this should get 5.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Great album, liked the atmosphere throughout the album. Having a poster of it as a teenager says enough and still like it.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I can't even give this an honest review. It was one of the first albums I ever owned (about 30 years ago now), I've listened to it more times than I've had hot dinners, I've learnt the whole thing on guitar, I know every single song inside and out. It's legit the epitome of heavy metal, even of rock music in general. 5/5.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Classic album. Every song is a hit and pure energy building.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Perhaps a little too metaphor driven, but a masterpiece nonetheless. I will suggest that it's a pretty standard formula of "angry verse, crunchy guitar, angry verse, witty chorus, squeely guitar, crunchy guitar angry verse, backed with aggressive bass and drum." I love this album, and it defined a genre, even if the formula exhausted itself. Callouts to Orion, Welcome Home, and Battery.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

The five stars I wanted to give ...And Justice for All but couldn't. Might have something to say for listening to albums in order of release in cases where bands have more than entry in the book. This is the Metallica I expected and loved but I think I'm now far better equipped to dive back into Justice with this context behind me. What a massive fucking album though flipping heck.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

One of my all-time favorite albums. The last great thrash album by Metallica. What other band plays music in 21/32 time signature at 200+ bpm? It's insane how clean Kirk and James' guitars are here. And most likely Lars' best drum work. This is a masterpiece of thrash metal and likely the very definition of it. I actually like James' later mature voice rather than his earlier voice, but the higher pitched/younger voice still fits well. My only criticism is the mixing could be better as I really wish I could hear Cliff's bass work more, but with decent headphones, you can hear it. But it's drowned out with speakers, which is sad. But not enough to not make it an instant 5 star album. Every song is memorable. RIP Cliff.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

First of all, I’m not the biggest fan of metal. It’s not something I listened to growing up but as my palate expands I’m giving it another go. Having said that, I loved this album. It was cohesive, cinematic, and the musicianship was incredible. James Hetfield’s vocal delivery is supercharged and clear, Cliff Burton’s baselines are acrobatic and driving, Lars Ulrich’s drumming is precise and full of momentum, and Kirk Hammett’s lead guitar is melodic and virtuosic without being muddy. This album is cohesive and exciting despite its 54 minute running time.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Metallica is the only metal band universally liked even among non-metal fans for a reason. They maintain a heavy sound without compromising the beautiful melodies or meaningful lyrics.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

LOVE LOVE LOVE METALLICA!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

\m/

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

A metal masterpiece. RIP Cliff Burton

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Hauntingly beautify. Battery / Master of Puppets is a strong 1-2 opener. Lots of energy throughout the album. Orion is a fantastic interlude so that we can finish out strong with Damage Inc. This is a low 5 for me

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

Quite frankly the best entry point to Metallica and their music. What more can be said about this excellent display of riffage, sheer tenacity, brute force and one of the four pillars of thrash metal being at their early, hungry best? A must listen for anyone who either love and hate Metallica and understand what they mean to not only the genre of metal but music as a whole. Excellent.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

another great album by Metallica, this album raise the roots of the modern metal

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

The album that solidified Thrash as a force in Metal music. Wall to wall bangers. Aggressive, heavy, anti-war. Every time I listen to this I think what Metallica would've been if Cliff Burton hadn't died in a bus accident. || Favorite tracks: Orion and Damage Inc. Bass on Orion in particular goes hard.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Lotta great heavy tunes here. Masterful🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Possibly the best metal album of all time

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Curious never heard of this ><

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Few albums did more to change the path of music, metal specifically, than this one. Amazingly one of the others was Black. Amazing.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

No comments necessary.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Heavy

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Síntese do metal em direção ao ápice.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

One of the definitive metal albums. I loved this and handed listened to the songs many times, and well again.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Disposable Heroes ***** good idea. Álbum muito bom!

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Tue May 10 2022
5

I was starting to think after around ~50 albums rated that the genre of metal was being forgotten about as I think we’ve only gotten a single other one so far (Black Sabbath). Thankful to be proven wrong here with MOP >:O >:O This album has so many definable characteristics. It is DYNAMIC in its instrumentation. The first thing you hear is Battery, with acoustic guitars that start to increase in harmonic complexity, adding harmony on top of harmony... until you get hit at 39 seconds in, and are given an EPIC soundstage on your ears. then at 1 minute in you get the ENERGY OF THE RIFFFFFFFFFFF >:O >:O And then you are set on a crash course where it’s hard to take a breath without hitting the pause button. I genuinely love this album and I think it's a masterpiece in not only the genre but in music as a whole. Metallica gets an interesting response these days from metal people as they are seen as generic compared to the breadth that the genre has expanded into, but their music is classic songwriting genius- track after track after track. Master of Puppets might be their magnum opus and is in the running for the magnum opus of the genre of metal. It is so dynamic, energetic, surprisingly approachable, monumental, and even catchy. After one listen through you will have parts that you remember. You will remember guitar parts that sound like a cat scratch or tires screeching on a road. You will remember vocal parts! That is so incredibly hard to do in metal, as most metal vocal parts are rhythmic and devoid of melodic qualities or obvious pitches. Somehow my biggest takeaway from this album has always been trying to figure out how a metal band from 1986 has the tracks Orion and Master of Puppets on one album. Both have so many emotions and standout variables for me- with distorted guitar chugfest sections, with soaring guitar solos that are still tasteful, fun offset rhythmic groovy parts (Orion at 2:12 specifically), and yet they are somehow introspective, contemplative, and still unrelenting and epic. This album was released March 1986 and only 6 months later the bus accident occurred where bassist Cliff Burton died at the age of 24. The section in Orion that starts at around the 4 minute mark is one that I’ve always shown to naysayers of the metal genre as an unquestionably brilliant testament that the genre can produce genius level music composition. That section starts with an emotional Burton bass line, that evolves into Bach-like lines at around the 5:40 mark (seriously listen to the bass at 6:00 - with headphones it is breathtaking) and then further evolves into more emotional playing – 6:33 the bass re-enters with distortion with Burton’s infamous no-plectrum technique and then syncs up with the lead guitars. Unquestionable. I’m always a little sad when I hear Orion because of this (and there’s the slightest hint of some chopped onions here as I write this on a Monday morning at 9:39am) but it usually doesn’t take long for me to remember how that song and this album are timeless and will be listened to forever. Easy 5/5 for me and possibly a 6/5.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Very good

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Well I’m no Metallica fan per se… always felt the they were a bit naff… but I grew up on a post Black Album Metallica - one where they were lost in self absorbed excesses and not the Metallica of Master of Puppets. Besides maybe the overwrought evil cackles at the end of the title track - listening to this album now with hindsight is this is unparalleled genre album - this is as Beatles as metal can get yet still retain its cred. It’s an opus of grand proportions - wonderful musicianship (except Lars - fuck Lars), and surprisingly lucid songwriting - even after all these years. There have been better metal songs and maybe one or two better albums - but none as influential and important as this one. Now with the benefit of time past - so far after almost 4 decades no one has made metal so good, accessible, yet still heavy and ballsy.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Basically everybody's favourite thrash album

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

A classic heavy metal album. It sound like a tank.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Una obra mestra del thrash. La primera cara és simplement perfecta. La segona només mig esglaó per sota. 'Ride the Lightning' encara va ser més inspirat, si és que això es possible, però del que eren capaços aquests 4 durant els seus primers 10 anys de carrera està fora de l'abast de qualsevol

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Metallica was my first favorite band as a kid and will always hold a special place in my heart because of it. I'd personally put Ride the Lightning above this album but both are unimpeachable classics.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Metallicas thrash metal masterpiece. Personally I prefer the black album but this hits harder and is a 5 star album.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Amazing

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

Hard rock makes my rock hard

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Amazing. Reminds me of the good parts of Middle School

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

It's up against tough competition but this is probably their best album. It contains an outrageous number of powerful and catchy riffs. I love the instrumentals and guitar solos that appear throughout the album and make use of the less common modes. I really enjoy the devastating, chugging riff on "The Thing That Should Not Be" that is so dark and heavy it has it's own event horizon. "Orion" is another highlight for me. An 8 and a half minute metal instrumental that is exciting and engaging all the way through and even has some delicate and vulnerable moments.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Glorious!

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Absolute masterpiece

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

I actually enjoyed that way more than I though I would It’s so easy for metal to be so generic and repetitive and while this album started out like that for me, by the end it definitely won me over with a lot more creative songs I think my favorite song was Orion, I really digged that 3/4 groove, reminded me of Pink Floyd and yeah the latter half of the album was a lot more likable to me, it felt more creative and experimental in the AC/DC vs Metallica argument, I’m always gonna pick AC/DC but still, Metallica has some neat stuff I can appreciate 9/10

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

amazing metal album, not even a huge metal fan but this album is GREAT.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Truly epic. One of the great Metallica albums to be certain. Not sure where this ranks in the catalog for me but it's up there. Opens with one of my absolute favorite Metallica songs, "Battery." Love the acoustic guitar part, and then of course the explosion into electric sound. Some other classic hits on here too like the title track. This was a staple in the Metallica phase that Alex and I had, and I really can't in good faith give it less than a 4.5. I had to run it back today to see if it's a fiver, and on second listen I knew it had to be done. I know so many of these tracks very well, and to end up with 6 of the 8 staying in my playlist, it's gotta be a five from me. I have a feeling this would end up my number 1 or 2 Metallica album, up there with the Black Album and And Justice for All, we'll have to see when those pop up. Favorite tracks: Battery, Master of Puppets, The Thing That Should Not Be, Sanitarium, Leper Messiah, Orion. Album art: Definitely iconic, I've always loved this one. Great colors, like a sunset inn hell. Creepy puppet master pulling strings on the crosses in what seems to be a military memorial/graveyard. Someone much wiser than me will have to explain the political implications, if any. 5/5

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

"still looking for that wow" is what I said yesterday, and maybe is something I should say everyday since we have been given a WOW. Still not my favorite Metallica album, it's an easy five stars. This, along with many other Metallica albums, has a special place in my heart. This on in particular, I picked up my first CD at Half Price Books in Chicago. Listening to Battery in the car with Auntie Susan and family and having to turn it off after that song because I don't think anyone was a fan. But I also made a movie based on The Thing That Should Not Be when I was in highschool which was a mixture of me playing my electric drums, stevies guitar, and searching for where Dad was in the house. Master of Puppets is probably one of the best Metallica songs of their entire discography and only recently Lisa told me that its "Master of Puppets, I'm pulling your strings" not "is pulling your strings" so I'm still learning the intricacies of this band. Favorite Songs: Battery (that intro...), Master of Puppets, The Thing That Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), and Orion (an 8 minute instrumental that gets your head bobbing). Album Art: The Master of Puppets (perhaps the government? since that is a theme that carries into their next album) pulling the strings of all the disposable heroes (maybe veterans if you look closely at the dog tag on the front cross). ICONIC.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Stone classic.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

good

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Amazing

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

I have heard this countless times. It is peak heavy metal.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Album goes so hard. Not a dull moment, everything is great from start to end. Favorites are "Master of Puppets", "Disposable Heroes" and "Leper Messiah"

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Best album ever.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Brilliant!

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

3/3 mastered

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Beste gitaren ooit

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

masterpiece, mooie themas en sterke instrumenten. Classic

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Brilliant. Nice to listen in full as I usually only listen to the first half, which is a shame - orion might be my favourite track from the album now. Gives a great change of pace and tone, which is fairly static earlier on. Not a single bad track Enjoy the lyrics, solid I will have to relisten to 'ride the lightning' because this might well become my favourite Metallica.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

5/5

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

I'm not into metal yet I still know these songs. That is what makes it an absolute and a genre-defining album.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Absolute banger

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

going back in the list to rate this since it is my favorite band. MOP start to finish is great. Aggression, sadness, fear, descent into madness, unspeakable monsters, fuck you to the military, psychiatric, and religious industrial complexes --- great stuff. Oh, you say you can't have a 8 1/2 minute instrumental on an album -- fuck you. Oh, and it is basically a bass solo but the bass does the work of 3 instruments -- double fuck you. Did I mention the bass is recorded playing fingerstyle, none of that pristine picking, just nasty and raw -- triple fuck you. Oh, wait, the bass player is wearing bell bottom jeans in 1983 - that is a fourth fuck you. Song about a Lovecraftian monster from the deep? No one asked for it but Metallica is serving it up anyway cause we should want it. Anti religious establishment song title snagged from Bowie's Ziggy Stardust? you guessed it - fuck you. Battery and Damage, Inc. -- no one cares what they are about -- they are the perfect opener/closer in your face combo. The main riff in Battery shouldnt work but somehow it does because it is willed into existence. Time signature? Irrelevant. What is Damage Inc.? It doesnt matter because it already punched you in the face. Master of Puppets' opening downpicked riff, the slow two guitar harmony bit, the call-response -- great. Hearing it all live when they hit their stride made your bones shiver. It all seems tame now especially seeing it on Stranger Things (which was perfect), but this was the band's 3rd album, the oldest member was 23, they had no radio play, no music video, and no fear. Fuck you.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

This album is a 5 just out of nostalgia alone. The way that Metallica was able to weave tension into their music was like a bomb going off in my tiny little brain.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Masterpiece.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

All-time classic album. I absolutely love this - and it gave me a motto to use for life.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

A true classic. I'm not a big fan of metal but this is one of my favourite albums of all time. There's a nice mix of fast thrashers, melodic ballads, and slow heavy grooves, sometimes all within the same song. There's also no weak tracks either which plague the best of albums as well. Master of Puppets, Battery and Welcome Home (Sanitarium) have always been my highlights since listening this for the first time 8 years ago but there's always a time and place for the rest, including the instrumental Orion. On a sidenote, it's cool Metallica and this album gained some popularity with the title track being featured on Stranger Things.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

A great album. 80's Metallica is such a joy to listen to. You know, before the dark times began. I personally like Ride The Lightning better, but this is no slouch as the runner up for the bands best work.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Nice guitar solos

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Classic thrash. Never gets old.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Siendo el tercer álbum que sacó la banda, es increíble lo rápido que llegaron a un pico tan alto de madurez compositiva y cómo cranearon un álbum que se ha convertido en un clásico y emblema del género. Embarcándose casi por completo en el thrash metal, hacen que éste género equipare mucho más. Dándole personalidad a cada sonido y con un reespaldo tanto de composición cómo de producción muy bien dado. Todas las canciones están justificadas y brillan por si solas. Las baladas suenan sublimes, los momentos de velocidad son frenéticos, cada instrumento destaca a su forma y cada integrante de la banda lo hace excepcional. Es el último álbum en el que participó el legendario bajista fundador de la banda: Cliff Burton. Debido a un trágico accidente que sufrió la banda, el cuál lo dejó como víctima fatal. Es un anhelo cada vez que se vuelve a este álbum y es increíble disfrutarlo como si fuera la primera escucha.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Classique et mon préféré du groupe. Probablement le meilleur album des fans. Malheureusement le dernier avec Cliff Burton qui était tout un bassiste et un mélodiste. Je me demande comment le groupe aurait évolué par la suite avec Cliff s'il n'y avait pas eu cet accident d'autobus. Master! Master!

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Rust In Peace>>>>>

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Fantastic album, one of the best metal albums. Kirk’s guitar riffs and Cliff’s bass drive this album from start to finish

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

It was thumping, bumping and I couldn’t get enough of it

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

The best Metallica album! Thrash heaven!!

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

1986. Key Songs: Battery, Master Of Puppets, Damage Inc.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

What can I say? MASTER MASTER

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Good album, bit too raw for my personal taste

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Was surprised, better than I thought, but Metallica is definitely not my bag

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Classic metal album, timeless sound. Though gets a bit old at times.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Great album

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

This should be 3.5, but I’m feelimg generous today because this pairs well with a threshold bike workout.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

While I’m not the punk I was in high school who listened to this album a thousand times in my friends Camaro I really enjoyed this trip back to hear this again.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Classic album I’ve never fully listened too. New songs I liked- Battery, Welcome home, Disposable hero’s.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Very heavy but I would listen to this while working out. I do like the song Master of Puppets.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

The Thing that Should Not Be and Sanitarium are some of the best hard rock/metal tracks ever. Solid album, though slightly less interesting on the back half.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Masters of their Craft. This music makes me want to lift weights, fight, drink, and end up at a tattoo parlor getting inked on my back with a picture of Zeus throwing a lightning bolt into the eyes of a jet black panther.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Stabilt album. Jag kommer ihåg när denna skiva kom. Jag var 12 år och tyckte att det var för hårt och snabbt. Jag var mer en Alphaville och Howard Jones kille då :)

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Pretty good! I'm not really a metal fan, but the guitar work is obviously skilled. I think it's mostly the vocals I don't care for, but here it works well.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Vibez

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Rhythmically interesting and some great solos. Tracks were too long. “Orion”

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Never heard this album, but certainly can see its influence.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Actually kinda good

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

I feel like this is where it all started for Metallica’s rise. Such a good album full of thrash.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Bacana demais! Porém passou minha fase já

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Fun and satisfying listen. DRUMS!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Not a huge Metallica fan, but that is a good album.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

It was a good listen, but I find this album somewhat overrated within the metal community. It's good, especially in terms of musicianship. But I find the songwriting somewhat bland. I do like Welcome Home (Sanitarium) a lot and always have. But on the whole I find the album just good and not at all the masterpiece many metal fans make it out to be.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Typical metal sound. Love Master of Puppets.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Couldnt tell the songs apart, or even artists as I was listening to Iron Maiden after the album finished and didnt notice. But enjoyed it 7/10

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Provavelmente o segundo melhor álbum de trhash metal de sempre, melhor apenas o Rust in Peace. Um excelente album, destaco o Battery, o Master of Puppets, Disposable Heroes e o Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Nota: 8/10

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Great metal album love it

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

I absolutely love this album, maybe my favorite album by Metallica!! The title track still slaps to this day.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

classic

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Mon May 17 2021
4

First time listening: 7/8 albums liked. Solid rock album. I love songs exceeding 4 minutes to be honest, but ironically the 8 minute one was kind of odd to my tastes. Other than that, very tame music for metal, but great nonetheless! One song saved

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Loud and fun but the songs really run together and get exhausting.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Pretty good

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Good album. Its no wonder they where so big back then. I've grown up on modern metal, but you can really appreciate their music. Will listen to again

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

4/5

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Yeah enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

classic album one of their best

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

This was my first real metal album - had it on tape - and I think still holds up. Battery is just a great opener and I don't think the rest of the songs every let me down. Sanitarium is also that mix of heavy and ridiculous that I just love.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Very good, each track seemed better than the last. Favorite track is probably Welcome Home.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Powerful riffs and brilliant energy. Can see how this album was so inspiring.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

я бы не слушал на постоянке, но в целом круто

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

It was good, but I liked Black Sabbath more.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Классика от метлы. Очень хороший альбом.

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