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Master of Puppets

A neighbour of mine visited the other day with the new Metallica album, , popped it into my stereo, and started on a conversation about the band… and was surprised when I told him that Metallica died for me with their self-titled "Black Album". Arguably, the black album is still quite good, many like it a lot and toss it in with the other great ones, but for me it's nowhere near their earlier output. And by "earlier output", I do not mean Garage Days.

Their new album is to Metallica pretty much exactly what Black Ice is to [[!wikipedia] AC/DC]]: impressive licks and dense, heavy music that would raise everyone's eyebrow if it came from a new-found band, but both lacking any of the original spirit of the performing bands. If you want to put it that way, it's the band's music without the soul.

I've heard that the new Guns 'n' Roses album, , also fits that description (and it shouldn't carry the name "Guns 'n' Roses" anyway).

Anyway, the point of this post is to proclaim (if you mistype that as procmail, you are a geek) Master of Puppets as the best Metallica album of all time. I've scientifically established this by listening to (and enjoying) … and Justice for All, Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets in that order on my trip to (and from) today's debian.ch annual general meeting in Basel, and the empirical evidence is solid.

This is not to diminish any of the other three albums quoted along the lines in any way.

NP: Metallica: Master of Puppets