Master Of Puppets is a classic album top to bottom, packed with memorable moments on every track. From the iconic“Master Of Puppets” guitar solo to the harmonious acoustic strings opening the album on”Battery,” to the sprawling instrumental that is“Orion,” Metallica created a metal masterpiece. Master of Puppets is also the final album founding bassist Cliff Burton played on before his tragic passing, crafting one of the greatest albums of all-time to cement his status as a legend.
The album artwork itself is based on a rough sketch from Metallica frontman James Hetfield, which was later fully designed by artist Don Brautigam. Hetfield wanted to express those people are just puppets on a string being manipulated, either by outside forces or their own vices. The lone army helmet that hangs on the left-most cross is a nod to the band’s anti-war song“Disposable Heroes.” Master of Puppets has stood the test of time since being released 1986 — over 30 years ago — and remains one of the most influential albums in music history.
Official Metallica logo across the chest
Master Of Puppets album cover art
Text:“Master Of Puppets” stylized across the bottom
Full Master Of Puppetsalbum tracklist
Tracklist Text:“Battery”“Master Of Puppets”“The Thing That Should Not Be”“Welcome Home(Sanitarium)”“Disposable Heroes”“Leper Messiah”“Orion” &“Damage Inc.”