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Metallica's irresistible rise to the top continued with this enigmatic 1986 album. A constant touring unit by this point, their combination of light and dark and their deft staccato delivery, especially on the title track, came brusquely through. Their ever-lengthening arrangements (three songs came in at over eight minutes), bolstered by the precise snap of Hetfield's vocals, testified to their undeniable power. The striding "Battery", the darkly lit "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", as well as the complex instrumental, "Orion", all gave powerful testament to their ever-developing skill and vision.
2. Master Of Puppets
3. Thing That Should Not Be
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Disposable Heroes
6. Leper Messiah
8. Damage Inc
It's been written many times before about this album, and the word masterpiece is chucked around all too freely when it comes to albums these days, but Metallica's Master of Puppets truly is a shining gem amongst thrash metal albums.
Although the bands fifth album (1991's The Black Album) garners most of the attention in the press, THIS, their third release from 1986 is the album that stood the band apart from all their contemporaries, helping them to take the first step into becoming the one of the largest metal bands ever.
Whilst other bands merely bludgeoned their points home, Metallica took a step back, and composed an album of epic proportions. Packed with melody, intelligent lyrics and incisive songwriting - I really can't fault a second of it's runtime.