Master of Puppets

Universal Music B.V.
Release date
28 May 2004
Running length
8 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Battery 5:12 559,060
2 Master of Puppets 8:34 772,831
3 The Thing That Should Not Be 6:34 414,229
4 Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Sanitarium) 6:27 1,142
5 Disposable Heroes 8:16 345,029
6 Leper Messiah 5:40 320,395
7 Orion 8:26 209,843
8 Damage Inc. 5:32 61,641

About this album

Master of Puppets is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was recorded in 1985 and released by Elektra Records on March 3, 1986 in North America.

Now widely considered a classic of thrash metal, the album proved to be a modest commercial success upon its release by reaching #29 on the U.S. Billboard 200, making it the very first thrash metal album to crack the Top 40. With the band’s rising popularity from the release of Metallica, awareness of the album has increased, and according to the RIAA, it has sold over six million copies in the U.S. alone. It was the last album the band recorded with bass player Cliff Burton, who died in a tour bus crash six months after it was released.

Historical significance

The band’s line-up during the album’s recording was James Hetfield on vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich on drums, Kirk Hammett on lead guitar, and Cliff Burton on bass. The album is remembered in part due to the death of Burton shortly after the release of the album in a bus accident while supporting the album on tour.

When it was released, Master of Puppets provided many metal fans with an alternative image to the commercially popular glam metal bands, such as Poison, Bon Jovi,Mötley Crüe, and Ratt. The album has frequently been tagged by critics as “one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.”

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  • ThrashWork

    Second only to the two Black Sabbath albums of the 70s.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • spiderferi

    One of the best albums in the history of heavy metal, without a doubt.

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    this is insanely overrated !!! [2]

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • SweetsInBlood

    This and RTL are the best.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Weaponfire

    I'm just going to say it. True fans of Metallica think this is a perfect album. This is Metallica at their most varied. You have the highly technical thrash sound of the title track, the hard, edgy, aggressive sound of "The Thing," break-neck speed thrash songs in "Disposable Heroes," and "Damage Inc.," the complex instrumental "Orion," and not to mention the opening track is pretty much beloved by Metallica fans far and wide. As for me, I like the album because all of the tracks have fantastic riffs, and are fun to sing or air guitar to. Any of Metallica’s first four albums are incredibly varied, but this one takes the cake for the most varied. It’s insane that some of these songs are by the same band.

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • sp13as

    охуенный альбом!

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • saimonix666

    Life can be a real pain in the ass but it's worth living just to hear that record.

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • KillerFox2

    Excellent album

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ceratitekken

    Leperrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr yeah

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    1. AJFA 2. RTL 3. KEA 4. Black Album 5. MOP

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    This album have one of Metallicas best song BATTERY!

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • pedrolhp1969

    @extremesuicide you' are insanely retard.. one of their best albums.. or you think that LOAD and RELOAD are good?

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • mikolajlip

    I like this album

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • hadomaru

    It really is their best release

    15 Jan 2014 Reply

    My least favorite of the first 4 albums, but I still love it. Just songs like Leper Messiah, The Thing That Should Not Be, and Orion aren't my favorite.

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • bartende_r

    this is still the best trash metal release ever

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Damaged262

    Wow, that's some unfortunate bickering over nothing. Why anyone thinks they have the right to look down their noses at someone for any type of music is beyond me. I like what I like and make no apologies for it. I hate modern and plenty of later day pop, but I'm not gonna swing a fork into anybody's eye for buying a Katy Perry album. Tempting and all, but I still won't do it. veyita_88, if you hate Metallica, what the hell are you doing coming onto a Metallica Shoutbox and trolling for, attention? Grow up and hang with your friends and leave others alone. With the exception of pop and country, I'll devour all the music I can, but I won't crap on anyones dinner table or jump up and down so everyone is looking at me because I don't like it. That's just sad dude. Love your avatar though. That's killer, but I feel bad about your lack of maturity and what that portents about your future.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AS_Luemmel

    *grabs popcorn*

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
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  • hammerstrikebg

    1000 plays :)

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
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