35 years ago today (3/3/86), Metallica released its third album Master of Puppets. This was the first Metallica album released on a major label and was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour. The album is considered the band’s strongest effort of the period, and is one of the most influential heavy metal albums. Watch Metallica perform “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” live in 1986 from Roskilde.
Master Of Puppets was all consuming when it hit the heavy metal scene. This album was instrumental in literally changing the direction of heavy metal forever. Truly a classic that has stood the test of time. Masterful!!!
I bought Master O f Puppets on cassette back in 1986 just before Cliff was killed,in fact I had no idea Metallica even existed until walking into a music store and heard the “the thing that should not be” playing on the stereo and at the time I was in to Iron Maiden,Sammy Hagar,Judas Priest etc but these guys were unlike anything I had ever heard before and I still have that cassette to this day and it still plays believe it or not.