Master Of Puppets
Review by Adam M on January 2, 2020.
Master of Puppets is the album where everything came together for Metallica. Balancing out storming compositions like Battery with more brooding and epic ones like Leper Messiah, the band was able to produce their most well-rounded album to date. It also has the mandatory instrumental in Orion, which is far and away one of the most interesting songs the band has ever come up with.
There is a nice mixture between power and finesse on this album and it never lets the pedal off of the metal. The songs can be epic at times, but at others just content to thrash away in a more simplistic style. For a thrash album, this is a really intelligently put together collection of songs that rarely drags. Sure, the band had come up with a hit in Ride the Lightning, but the atmosphere and quality of the songs has been increased immeasurably. The riffing can be melodic or pummeling depending on the portion of the song and the guitar solos are a wonder to behold. After this the band would go on to release one more excellent album, ...And Justice for All, before falling downhill. They would never repeat the quality of this album, however, and it remains a stalwart in the thrash metal genre along with albums like Reign in Blood and Rust in Peace. It is simply loaded with quality from beginning to end and features enough changes and interesting elements to keep you coming back time and time again.
This is absolutely one of the mandatory classic metal purchases and should be owned by any fans of older heavy metal. It still has its impact today with the power that the band brought to the table here. Thrash fans should consider themselves lucky to have such a well-crafted album to be able to appreciate.
Rating: 9.3 out of 10640