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Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American thrash metal band
Metallica. It was released on February 24, 1986, and was the band's last album
to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden while touring
to promote the album. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and
became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. In 2003, it was
certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),
having shipped six million copies in the United States.
Master of Puppets was released to rave reviews from music critics and has been
included in several publications' best album lists. Its driving, virtuosic music
and angry, political lyrics drew praise from critics outside of the metal
community. The album is widely accepted as the band's strongest effort at the
time, serving as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.
Many bands from all genres of heavy metal have covered the album's songs
throughout the years, including tribute albums as well. Readers of Rolling Stone
voted it as "The #1 Greatest Heavy Metal Album Of All Time."
The front cover depicts a cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings,
manipulated by a pair of hands in a blood-red sky. The album's cover concept was
designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch, while the cover artwork was painted by
Don Brautigam, who also worked with bands such as AC/DC, ZZ Top, and The Rolling
Stones. The original artwork was later auctioned at Rockefeller Plaza, New York
City for between $20,000 and $30,000.
Ranked eighth on the list of the biggest selling groups in history, and one of
the most influential bands in music, Metallica proved its mettle with their
"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 call Master Of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever
recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close." -Steve Huey, allmusic.com
• 150g 33rpm vinyl
• Single pocket Premium Stoughton jacket w/ insert
• Pressed at Furnace
2. Master Of Puppets
3. The Thing That Should Not Be
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
1. Disposable Heroes
2. Leper Messiah
3. Orion (Instrumental)
4. Damage, Inc.