Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' Celebrates 25th Anniversary
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the album's release, Noisecreep caught up with a 'battery' of metal musicians from Sepultura to Arsis to Unearth to find out how, when, and where they first experienced this milestone metal record.
The previous year I had the privilege to see Metallica play live on the 'Ride the Lightning' tour at the Salty Dog in Buffalo, in the middle of a massive blizzard, with 50 other crazed fans who risked their lives getting to that concert. I stood five feet in front of Cliff Burton for the entire show -- I'll never forget it.
Hearing 'Master of Puppets' and Iron Maiden's 'Number of the Beast' for the first times are very vivid memories for me as I am pretty certain I remember where I was sitting the first time I heard each of those albums. It is safe to say that 'Master of Puppets' was one of the albums that changed my life.
That one simple technique set the tone for the rest of my musical days on Earth. From 'Master of Puppets' I worked my way backwards in their discography and waited patiently for 'And Justice for All...' to come out.
I also had this habit of skipping the first track whenever I would get a new CD. That was probably because I was amazed at the technology after using tapes for so long and having to fast forward through a whole song to get to the next track. But yeah, being that the title track was my first listen is probably what makes that song and album so memorable to me.