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Master of Puppets - An Album for the Ages

Updated on March 11, 2015

I was always a huge Metallica fan growing up, and this is certainly among their greatest albums. I pretty much learned to play guitar by learning Metallica songs. As such, the album and band are near and dear to me, and I am happy to be reviewing the album, and telling others about it.

This classic Metallica album is an absolute must-listen for any fans of metal. Starting with "Battery", the album starts off fast and never lets up. The title track is an 8 minute masterpiece. It has an interesting format, with a several minute instrumental stretch which starts off slow and pretty, and builds up into a screaming guitar solo, before finishing with another verse and chorus. Despite the length, when I was a kid I committed to learning the whole thing, and it was a blast!

Other honorable mentions are "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and Disposable Heroes. But I want to take some time to talk about "Orion."

"Orion" is the instrumental track on the album, and it is incredible. It has a huge array of sections and riffs, and more than its fair share of pretty melodies and lead guitar awesomeness. I especially love the spacey section in the middle (starting around 4 minutes in). The bass playing in general is also fantastic, and worth noting since it was the last album featuring the late, great Cliff Burton. I have a lot of fond memories learning to play this song in its 8 minute entirety, and it's among my favourite tracks on the album.

All fans of rock music should hear this album. Seriously. It is a 54 minute masterpiece of music. Whether you love or hate their new stuff, these guys revolutionized metal with their early albums. \m/

Here I will list my other favourite Metallica albums! \m/

...And Justice For All
...And Justice For All

First Metallica album I ever owned.

Kill 'em All
Kill 'em All

First Metallica album.. ever


The title track performed live!

Orion performed live! I've never been able to find a live video before, but sure enough here it is! The spacey part I mentioned above starts near 3:30


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      Jacob Peoples 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Rhonda Lytle: "One" is a great song. ...And Justice For All was the first Metallica album I owned growing up, and will always be one my favourites. Thanks for your comment!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      One heck of a band. I like their stuff both early when it was full throttle and later when they slowed a bit. "One" almost makes me cry every time I hear it.