Released on March 3, 1986, Master of Puppets didn’t just fall out of the skies into a favorable musical landscape, it disrupted the system through the sheer violent force of its revolutionary vision.

  • Metallica recorded Master of Puppets in the dark The band would usually get started around 7 p.m. each day and work through the night til 4-6 a.m.
  • Cliff Burton “took” one of Hammett’s solos in “Orion” But the guitarist says there were no hard feelings: “It wasn’t really much of an issue for me, because there were like four guitar solos in that song — it wasn’t like he took the only one.”
  • David Bowie inspired the title of the song “Leper Messiah”
  • Bowie was hardly the only non-heavy-music influence on Master of Puppets  Metallica were listening to a lot of Kate Bush, the Police and Simon & Garfunkel
  • Ulrich borrowed a snare drum from Def Leppard’s Rick Allen for Puppets
  • Metallica tuned lower than usual when recording the title track
  • James Hetfield has the notes to the bass part in the middle of “Orion” tattooed on his left arm
  • The original cover painting for the album sold at auction for $28,000
  • Deviled Ham played a key role in the photo of Kirk Hammett on the back cover

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