On March 3rd, 1986 Metallica released one of their most notable albums, Master of Puppets. The iconic riffs and rapid pace has remained a favorite among thrash metalers for the past thirty years and will continue to set a standard for the genre. Following the release and acclimation of their first two albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightening, the young Bay Area musicians were destined to create another powerful record- and they achieved just that upon the release of Master of Puppets. This album shows Metallica’s journey as one of the most notable and recognized thrash metal groups, and although it was released only three years after their first record, it displays musical differentiation in the form of longer songs, some mid-paced tempo’s and an instrumental piece.
The album was created by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet and Cliff Burton at Sweet Silence Studios, and was unfortunately the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton. It was produced by Flemming Rasmussen under Elektra Records, and ended up taking the #29 spot on the Billboard 200. Master of Puppets was the first thrash metal album to ever go platinum, and was ultimately certified 6x platinum by the RIAA in 2003.
Album Track Listing:
- “Master of Puppets”
- “The Thing That Should Not Be”
- “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”
- “Disposable Heroes”
- “Leper Messiah”
- “Damage Inc.”