Master of Puppets (8:34)

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Master of Puppets is the second song off Metallica’s 1986 album Master of Puppets.

The song, following the theme of control with the rest of the album, discusses drugs and their effects. Addiction, the master referenced in the title, narrates the song, testifying to the destruction that comes from being under the control of drugs. James Hetfield explained the song “deals pretty much with drugs. How things get switched around, instead of you controlling what you’re taking and doing, it’s drugs controlling you.” Master of Puppets is also notable for its long instrumental section beginning about three and a half minutes into the song.


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End of passion play, crumbling away
I'm your source of self-destruction
Veins that pump with fear, it's sucking darkest clear
Leading on your deaths' construction

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  • ThrashWork

    03:52 Epic Solo 4ever

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  • wedonttanwerust

    overplayed...only if you choose to listen over and over again. Come back to after a while and you'll see what an epic juggernaut of a metal anthem it truly is.

    21 Sep 10:19pm Reply
  • Albeldo

    the best music of the world [2]

    8 Sep 8:55pm Reply
  • madlen_gno

    Where is that great video from Seattle 89' which I have seen here few days ago? Why did you replace it? :(

    8 Sep 3:02pm Reply
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    Great Video. I would love to be there!

    3 Sep 5:25pm Reply
  • fafasfafa

    the best music of the world

    17 Aug 12:04pm Reply
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  • Ivartist

    Monster jam for sure!

    22 Jul 5:02pm Reply
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    20 Jul 1:41am Reply

    UWIELBIAM \\m/

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  • Weaponfire

    One of the greatest and most intense guitar riffs ever conceived by man like holy ****! Overplayed maybe, but I've yet to hear another song that employs sweep picking as much as this song. Holy Wars by Megadeth is the only song that comes close.

    6 Jul 8:56pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    “Enter Sandman” instigated their mainstream popularity, but it was the fast-paced and intricate compositions on Master of Puppets that positioned Metallica as one of thrash metal’s “Big Four.” This was due, in large part, to the album’s only single and title track. Enhanced by James Hetfield’s and Kirk Hammett’s guitar abilities, this song features the quintessential Metallica riff and is often considered one of heavy metal’s finest tunes. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 12:51pm Reply
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  • Grycho

    @ExtremeSuicide Just a tad. It's still a great song!

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    HEAVY lyrics....

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