Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Rounding out the Big 4 is Metallica. Some would say I saved the best for last, but for me personally, I put them last because they are my least favorite of the “4.” Having said that, Master Of Puppets is one wicked album. The main guitar riff on the title song alone would place it on this list, but the 1986 album has much more, from the fierce opening and closing tracks, Battery and Damage, Inc., to the progressive beast of an instrumental, Orion, this record brought all of Metallica’s strengths together in one gloriously creative peak. Tragically, the death of Cliff Burton prevented us from seeing where this new chemistry would take the band. Master Of Puppets captured a period in time when Metallica figured out exactly how to dominate in their chosen form and it was amazing while it lasted.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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