Released on March 3, 1986, "Master of Puppets" has never been a ‘grower’ demanding repeated listens nor has it ever been considered a misunderstood work of genius. It is an immediate album. Right from its release it was considered a great metal album and in the proceeding 25 years since its release its reputation has only grown. The songs still hold up as iconic metal tracks, with the title song still being one of the defining anthems of the genre.
The album is still a joy to listen to for me and stands up to repeated listens in its entirety. No song feels like it is dragging, which is quite an achievement considering the track “Master of Puppets” is over 8 minutes long, so too are two others: “Disposable Heroes” and the instrumental “Orion.” In fact, no tracks on "Master of Puppets" comes in at under 5 minutes. These are epic, well-constructed metal songs.
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