Master of Puppets at a quarter century

It’s kind of hard to believe that Metallica’s towering Master of Puppets is 25 years old today. The influence of that album is hard to say, but it certainly made many rethink the scope and direction of metal. Here’s an excerpt from Tim Holmes’ 1986 Rolling Stone review:

Their version of heavy metal is the sound of global paranoia. Not for them is the tra-la-la music of escapism; they never promote the notion that rock itself is some sort of method for salvation or transcendence. Rather, their fiery chomp-chomp-chomp provides the aural analogue to the terrors their lyrics define.

Read the complete review right here.

And here’s a typically crotchety ’86 blurb from the Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau:

This band’s momentum can be pretty impressive, and they seem to have acceptable political motivations–antiwar, anticonformity, even anticoke, fine. But the revolutionary heroes I envisage aren’t male chauvinists too inexperienced to know better; they don’t have hair like Samson and pecs like Arnold Schwarzenegger. That’s the image Metallica calls up, and I’m no more likely to invoke their strength of my own free will than I am The 1812 Overture’s.

Give Master a spin today.


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