Metallica – Master Of Puppets (1986/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:47 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Metallica.com | Front cover | © Blackened Recordings
Master of Puppets is the third studio album by Metallica. Recorded at the Sweet Silence Studios with producer Flemming Rasmussen, it was the first Metallica album released on a major label. Master of Puppets was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. It was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2003 for shipping six million copies in the United States. The album was eventually certified 6× platinum by Music Canada and gold by the British Phonographic Industry.
Even though Master of Puppets didn’t take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band’s greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal’s core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations. In fact, it’s possible to compare Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets song for song and note striking similarities between corresponding track positions on each record (although Lightning’s closing instrumental has been bumped up to next-to-last in Master’s running order). That hint of conservatism is really the only conceivable flaw here. Though it isn’t as startling as Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets feels more unified, both thematically and musically. Everything about it feels blown up to epic proportions (indeed, the songs are much longer on average), and the band feels more in control of its direction. You’d never know it by the lyrics, though – in one way or another, nearly every song on Master of Puppets deals with the fear of powerlessness. Sometimes they’re about hypocritical authority (military and religious leaders), sometimes primal, uncontrollable human urges (drugs, insanity, rage), and, in true H.P. Lovecraft fashion, sometimes monsters. Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem (“Battery” and “Damage, Inc.”), the band reigns triumphant through sheer force – of sound, of will, of malice. 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.
01 – Battery
02 – Master Of Puppets
03 – The Thing That Should Not Be
04 – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
05 – Disposable Heroes
06 – Leper Messiah
07 – Orion
08 – Damage, Inc.