Metallica – Master of Puppets (Live) – When Your Grandpa is Way Cooler Than You

The “Master” of puppets is a reference to medicines. … This is evident in lyrics like, “chop your breakfast on a mirror,” “The Master Of Puppets is pulling your strings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams.” Drugs is the Master while the drug user is the puppets.

End of passion play-
Crumbling away-
I’m your source of self-destruction-
Veins that pump with fear-
Sucking darkeness clear-
Leading on your death’s construction-

What makes Master of Puppets so great?

Not the album, specifically the title track, “Master of Puppets.” Something about it hits hard and engrosses me, the riff is a gravitational force and I’m a satellite. 8.5 minutes of pure metallic masterpiece. I look at other albums/songs and nothing seems to be able to compare, so my question is: Why does this song specifically stand above the rest and how does it manage such a feat? It was the first song from Metallica I ever listenned to, along with No Remorse, perhaps more because I am a doom fanboy than I would like to admit, and it was what made me enjoy metal in the first place. I could go on and on about how I love this song, but doves don’t fly to the heights at which my feelings flow about it.

It’s a masterful (no pun intended) composition. The fact that some guys in their early 20’s wrote it is insane.

It has the perfect balance of complexity and length without ever feeling like it’s repeating itself. A song like …And Justice For All is more complex, but sometimes it feels like it takes too long to get to the point, or it feels like they’ve played the same riff just one too many times. In Master of Puppets, you never get that feeling. It gets straight to the fucking point instantly and doesn’t let up until it’s over.

No disrespect to Justice, of course, it’s still a great song and I actually prefer the album Justice over the album Puppets. But the song Puppets will always be the band’s greatest composition as musicians, in my opinion. I like Blackened more, but I’m totally willing to admit that Puppets is a better-written and constructed song.

I’m looking for explanations as to what makes this song engrossing.

Taste me, you will see-
More is all you need-
Dedicated to-
How I’m killing you-

It covers everything that they’re great at. The main riff is insanely powerful. The middle section, with the harmonized guitar solos, is borderline classical music, and beautiful. The way it seamlessly segues back into that chugging riff, building back up the aggression of the song… It’s just an incredibly composed and performed piece of music.

I didn’t even know it was over 8 minutes until I got the CD. I came up listening to it on a tape that my aunt made for me. When I saw that it was over 8 minutes, that blew my mind.

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