Orion (8:26)

Cover of Master of Puppets

From Master of Puppets and 44 other releases

“Orion” is the 7th track off of Metallica’s 3rd studio album, “Master of Puppets”. It was named after the star constellation, Orion, due to the song’s spacey sounding bridge. It was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton. The song is more progressive than the band’s previous work.

There are three main parts of the song: the heavy beginning, the spacey interlude, and the ending recapitulation that brings back the heaviness. The song features four solos: the first one by James Hetfield, the second one by Kirk Hammett, the third, a bass solo by Cliff Burton, and the last by Hammett.

This song was played at the memorial for Cliff Burton, most notably because of the bass solo. It was also played live in 2006 when Metallica played the entire Master of Puppets album.


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  • duartemetal01

    +Footshac Backwards

    28 Nov 4:24pm Reply
  • Footshac

    Orion > The Call of Ktulu > To Live Is To Die

    6 Nov 12:39am Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Best from MoP, deal with it.

    29 Oct 8:43am Reply
  • El_Defensor

    This track is genius and as for me the best fm Metallica! Through the Never Version <3 [2]

    23 Oct 2:06pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    dat bass though :o

    5 Oct 2:10pm Reply

    Cliff zawsze będziesz w naszych sercach [*] :(

    27 Sep 2:05pm Reply
  • escalonab

    Cliff <3

    1 Aug 10:41am Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    just a great progressive metal instrumental that blows me away all the time, tracks like this are what makes 'Master Of Puppets' by far for me there best album. The slow bit in the middle when the bass comes in is amazingly haunting love it

    29 Jul 8:27pm Reply
  • Weaponfire

    My favorite part will always remain the first section. [2] This man gets it. That fade in drum line at the beginning, and then the hardcore riffing. Nothing beats that. Not even the awesome solo at the end.

    17 Jul 3:56am Reply
  • spiderferi

    those fucking instrumentals metallica played. all of them are great, although i love orion and to live is to die more than Call Of Kthulu for those 2 minutes middle sections. james kicks ass with those solo. RIP CLIFF.

    15 Jul 9:36am Reply
  • JackJones17

    Through the Never Version <3

    27 May 12:55pm Reply
  • Grycho

    @SoulOfTornados Okay TLITD I'm going to have to agree with, but I think this easily kicks Call of Ktulu's ass

    10 May 2:02am Reply

    louder, please

    30 Apr 10:54pm Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    Masterpiece [2]

    25 Apr 3:40pm Reply
  • SoulOfTornados

    Not even close to Call Of Ktulu, let alone To Live Is To Die

    25 Feb 10:30am Reply
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    8 Feb 10:46pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski


    17 Jan 11:21pm Reply
  • BronyfiedP

    I still remember playing this when I started playing bass... I couldn't play it, of course not. But I remembered that Cliff could do anything when he wanted to. So I kept playing - And at the end, I could play it. It didn't even take many months. How I love this song. :3

    10 Jan 5:32pm Reply
  • DBAJerry

    One of the greatest instrumentals of all time. [4]

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
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