Wednesday, May 14, 2008

568. Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)
















Track Listing

1. Battery
2. Master Of Puppets
3. The Thing That Should Not Be
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Disposable Heroes
6. Leper Messiah
7. Orion
8. Damage Inc.

Review

Oh dear god all mighty, why? And unfortunately this is just the first of several Metallica albums on the list, we are going to have some prize shit music in this year of 1986 as well, considered for good reason one of the worst years in music.

Master Of Puppets is a masturbatory feast of overly long tracks filled with overbearing solos that show little more than technical prowess, and just end up sounding extremely dull. It lacks any sense of humour,it is self-important and listening to it you are sure these guys take themselves seriously, and that is the saddest thing, because they are shit.

The reason why I dislike this is not because it is heavy, I don't think it's that heavy, but it is excruciatingly boring. The songs eventually stick in your head but not due to any particular merit of them, but just because they are so repetitive. Was there ever a more undeservingly famous band as Metallica? It sounds ridiculous, Spinal Tap is at least funny.

Track Highlights


1. Battery
2. The Thing That Should Not Be
3. Master Of Puppets
4. Orion

Final Grade

5/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

The album proved to be a modest commercial success upon its release, reaching number twenty-nine on the U.S. Billboard 200. However, with the bands increasing popularity from the release of ...And Justice for All, awareness of the album has increased, and has to date sold over four million copies in U.S. alone. It was the last album the band recorded with bass player Cliff Burton, who was killed six months after it was released.

Battery:

8 comments:

Matt said...

Hey, at least you aren't going to sit through St. Anger!

Lanark said...

There is FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR too much heavy metal in this list. Specifically, there is FAR too much Metalllica.

Considering what's been left out, it's the massive amount of hair metal in here that spoils it most.

Did I mention that I think there's too much Metallica?

astonished said...

Man, you really are prejudiced against metal. Jeez.

Francisco Silva said...

astonished: not really, I like Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Black Sabbath, but Metallica is horrible.

Timbo said...

I was reading a forum a while back which complained that the list didn't have enough metal! Apparently not enough of the subgenres of metal were represented. I don't think there's any Post-Metal or Sludge on the list

A comprehensive list at List_of_heavy_metal_genres

Lanark said...

Hmmm, no sludge: what a loss.

When you think of the artists and genres that aren't represented at all, it's clear that Metal is vastly over-represented in the list and only a metal-head could argue otherwise.

However, it's specifically Metallica that have at least 2 or 3 too many albums in the list (what are there? 4?

Lars said...

Yeah, but for all the shittiness of ...And Justice for All radiates, S&M is pretty fucking cool.

Lanark said...

S&M is probably the best, it's raised a notch by the orchestra.