ME­TAL­LICA

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MAS­TER OF PUP­PETS

(1986)

■ For all the en­dur­ing great­ness of many of the songs in­cluded within it – most no­tably, the set-sta­ples Bat­tery and the ti­tle-track – Mas­ter Of Pup­pets will al­ways carry an air of sad­ness for be­ing the fi nal Me­tal­lica al­bum to fea­ture Cliff Bur­ton on bass. The 24-year-old would lose his life in a bus crash on the Euro­pean leg of the sup­port­ing Dam­age Inc. tour, barely six months after the al­bum’s re­lease. But in his fi nal record­ing – the fi rst-ever thrash al­bum to go plat­inum – his le­gacy lives on, with songs such as Wel­come Home (San­i­tar­ium) and the epic in­stru­men­tal Orion invit­ing a sym­phonic in­ge­nu­ity to their pi­o­neer­ing thrash­metal edge.

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