Master of Puppets was Metallica’s first album to feature material not credited to Dave Mustaine. The album reached 29 on the Billboard 200. It has been certified Platinum 6 times.
James Hetfield: vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett: guitar
Cliff Burton: bass, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich: drums
- “Battery “: The title refers to the crime of assault and battery. It has a fast start to the album.
- “Master of Puppets”: This is the album’s only single. I love the start-stops during the chorus. The song refers to drug addiction.
- “(Welcome Home) Sanitarium”: This slow song has a chilling feel to it, and some of Hetfield’s best vocals.
- “The Thing That Should Not Be” : This song was inspired by the Cthulhu mythos. I like the rhythm of this one.
- “Disposable Heroes “: This isn’t a terrible song, but I don’t like the chorus.
- “Leper Messiah”: This song attacks televangelists. It’s my least favorite song on the album.
- ” Orion”: This is an excellent instrumental track with a great driving rhythm.
- “Damage, Inc.” : I don’t like this song much. I think it’s the weakest song.
Final Verdict: The band shows some great evolution, with only a few weak songs.