Having already established themselves as the streetwise saviors of heavy metal's oft-tainted legacy in the '80s, Metallica rebounded from the accidental death of original bassist Cliff Burton to produce their most thematically challenging, musically accomplished album to date. Despite James Hetfield's dank, extended portraits of a world collapsing from corruption and decadence--themes that virtually guaranteed it little radio or television exposure--the album was nonetheless a muscular commercial success. Even "One," its complex, seven-and-a-half-minute adaptation of Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," managed to scale the singles charts. Other highlights include "Blackened," "Eye of the Beholder," and the sweeping "To Live Is to Die," tracks that underscore a sense of musical ambition that's often downright prog-centric, yet never merely self-indulgent. --Jerry McCulley
When Metallica made their first appearance in Vancouver Kirk got on stage and said that they would never sell out, he said they wouldn't even make a video! Ok, I can let them off the hook for making some videos, but what the heck happened with this album? Are you telling me that this wasn't to make some producer happy? It's a bunch of baby drool and they wasted a bunch of precious vinyl when they made this thing. They should call this album the frisbee addition because that's about all it's good for.
With master of puppets, this must be the best metallica has to offer. What makes this album so special? : Best bass drum sound ever, james voice at it's best. 3 Legendary tracks: One, ...and justice for all, blackened. Seriously! This is a must have for all metallica fans. Amen.