Master of Puppets


May 23, 2022

Master of Puppets is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released on March 3, 1986, under the Elektra Records label, reaching number 29[2] on the Billboard 200. The album was the band's first gold record after selling 500,000 copies in the United States. , although later it would exceed 6 million. [3] Master of Puppets is the last Metallica album featuring bassist Cliff Burton, who would die in a tragic bus accident months after the album's release. This received rave reviews and is considered a classic of thrash metal in general. He is considered one of the greatest thrash metal influences of all time. The guitar solo of the song "Master Of Puppets" was considered the fiftieth of the hundred best, according to a 1998 issue of Guitar World magazine. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Master Of puppets", "Disposable Heroes" , "Battery", "Orion", and "The Thing That Should Not Be" are playable in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Battery is playable in the video game Rock Band 2. It is ranked #1 as the best Metal album in history[4] by the Metal Rules website.[5] Also, in 2003, in a special edition Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 167 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album in 2016 was preserved in the United States Library of Congress, the album is the first metal record to enter this archive. Due to their "cultural, artistic or historical significance to society", some emblematic works are chosen to be part of the catalog of the Library of Congress of the United States.

Song list

All lyrics written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.


"Master of Puppets" (1986) "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" (1986; promotional single)


James Hetfield – vocals, rhythm guitar Kirk Hammett – lead guitar Cliff Burton – electric bass and backing vocals Lars Ulrich – drums


Remastered Edition

The band announced on their website that on November 10, 2017 they would release a remastered version of the album along with a compilation box set including: 3 vinyl records (along with digital download cards), 10 CDs, 2 DVDs, a cassette, a book with photos never seen before, a folder with handwritten letters and a lithograph.