MASTER OF PUPPETS, TRAGIC FINAL
On March 3, 1986, Master of Puppets, the third official Metallica album, was released. This year marks its thirty anniversary, and Norma Editorial commemorates it with the publication of the book of Matt Taylor Metallica. Back to the Front. The authorized visual history of the album and the Master of Puppets Tour that reviews the most epic moment of the group.
METALLICA, THE BAND THAT DEFINED TRASH METAL
Metallica was founded in Los Angeles in the year 1981 by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. After some principles convulsed as far as the formation, in 1983 they move to San Francisco next to Dave Mustaine and Cliff Burton, although the first would soon be replaced by Kirk Hammett by its excessive addiction to the alcohol and its violent attitude.
The reason for the transfer to San Francisco, which coincided with the incorporation of Cliff Burton, was because there began to gestate the new sound that the band wanted, trash metal. They already had two albums in the street, Kill ‘em All and Ride The Lightning, with different styles but good acceptance by the public. But they needed to be defined.
MASTER OF PUPPETS
In 1986 they released their third album, Master of Puppets, which automatically becomes a classic and presents Metallica as the hardest metal band of the moment. With this third album, the band really discovers the type of sound they want to make and that would define their line up to the Black Album.
It is not only one of the most revered albums by trash fans, but by all metal fans, and its main song, with the same title as the album, is considered by many fans the best of all the band’s discography . Themes like the same Master of Puppets, Battery or Welcome Home (Sanitarium) remain irreplaceable hymns, not only in their multitudinous concerts, but in the soundtrack of any metal fanatic.
In those years, he only reached number 29 on the Billboard. But to date, it has sold more than 7 million copies and has been awarded 6 platinum albums. In fact, Master of Puppets continues being considered the maximum moment of splendor of the band.
Sadly, Master of Puppets is both the high point and the saddest of Metallica’s career. During the European promotion tour, near the town of Ljungby, on 27 September of that year, the coach in which the group travels overturned. Hammett, Ulrich and Hetfield were injured, but bassist Cliff Burton died instantly. At his funeral he could hear the Orion song, which he played in Master of Puppets.
His death caused the suspension of the tour and the withdrawal of the three remaining members of the band who did not decide to return until they had time to think about their future and consult with Cliff’s relatives.