WATCH: Master of Puppets Turns 31 Today

March 3, 2017

It might seem like just yesterday, but as of today (March 3rd, 2017), Metallica's iconic album, Master Of Puppets, is turning 31 years old. Praised by fans and musicians alike, the album isn't just a masterwork by the band, but for the entire metal genre. Over the span of eight songs, Master Of Puppets forms an all-you-can-eat buffet of head-banging guitar riffs, solos, rhythms, and lyrics that adhere to its own brand of poetry without sacrificing any of its heaviness.

The LP hit the shelves just five years into Metallica's career, only to be followed by Kill 'Em All in 1983 and Ride The Lightning in 1984. But it was Master Of Puppets that secured the band's place in music history, whose members' average age was only 23 at the time.

"We were really young, really fresh-faced," drummer Lars Ulrich says. "When I see photos of us from that time, there was purity. We were all music fans. We had all kinds of posters on the wall: Iron MaidenMichael SchenkerUFORitchie Blackmore. Everything was about music. We were listening to f**king Deep PurpleAC/DCMotorhead and the rest of it. We were living and breathing music 24/7 with no ulterior motives."

The album has also a strong connection to late bassist Cliff Burton, who co-wrote about half the songs and was killed in a tragic bus accident only months after the record's release. Recently, Metallica has been performing the eight-minute instrumental "Orion" at live shows in Burton's memory.

"There's a spark or spontaneity of impulsiveness that happens when you're in your twenties," says Ulrich. "We wrote Master Of Puppets in probably eight weeks over that summer. Nowadays, it takes me eight weeks just to drive down to the studio. It's like, 'What the f**k did we do in the summer of '85 where we could just give birth to that from the first note to the last note in eight weeks?' Death Magnetic took us probably 18 months from when we started writing to when we started recording. On this current record, it probably took us about nine months. How the f**k do you write a record like Master Of Puppets in eight weeks?"

We’re not sure, but remember when they wrote Hardwired…To Self-Destruct? Yeah, we do too, and you can find out a bit more about that one in our exclusive interview with Lars Ulrich below. Pretty cool to see how far they’ve come.

(Source: Rolling Stone)