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Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released in February 1986, and was the band's last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden while touring to promote the album.
The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. In 2003, it was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped 6 million copies in the United States.
Master of Puppets was released to rave reviews from music critics and has been included in several publications' best album lists. Its driving, virtuosic music and angry, political lyrics drew praise from critics outside of the metal community. The album is widely accepted as the band's strongest effort at the time, serving as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time. Many bands from all genres of heavy metal have covered the album's songs throughout the years, including tribute albums as well. Readers of Rolling Stone voted it as "The No. 1 Greatest Heavy Metal Album Of All Time."
The front cover depicts a cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a blood-red sky. The album's cover concept was designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch, while the cover artwork was painted by Don Brautigam, who also worked with bands such as AC/DC, ZZ Top, and The Rolling Stones. The original artwork was later auctioned at Rockefeller Plaza, New York City for between $20,000 and $30,000.
Ranked eighth on the list of the biggest selling groups in history, and one of the most influential bands in music, Metallica proved its mettle with their groundbreaking albums.
"Yet by bookending the album with two slices of thrash mayhem ("battery" and "Damage, Inc."), the band reigns triumphant through sheer force - of sound, of will, of malice. The arrangements are thick and muscular, and the material varies enough in texture and tempo to hold interest through all its twists and turns. Some critics have call Master Of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn't, it certainly comes close." — AllMusic
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