Paste Magazine: Metallica: Master of Puppets Deluxe Boxed Set Review

There’s nothing more lame than a cash grab from a band of millionaires or a greedy record label. Using several methods to accomplish this—greatest hits albums, reissues featuring “one new” track, remastered classic albums featuring “long lost” demos, or even re-recording a full album “the way it should’ve been”—these fat cats can hold devoted fans upside down by their ankles and shake every last penny out of their pockets. Naturally, loyal fans would gladly fork it over, but sometimes examining every last piece of the puzzle that went into creating a definitive album only serves to take the mystique away from it.

But then there are bands like Metallica, and records like Master Of Puppets.

For Metallica, the Puppets era is hands down the most important stretch of their career. Releasing a boxed set of demos, outtakes, interviews, multiple live sets and even Jason Newsted…

November 16, 2017 In the Press

Billboard: Metallica's 'Master of Puppets': Metal Musicians Reflect on the Band's Game-Changing Third Album

Released on March 3, 1986, Metallica’s Master of Puppets was the album that cracked the 1980s in half for metal. 

The mad thrashing sound that emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area in the early '80s looked into the vortex of its own evolution when Master arrived. The stunning Don Brautigam cover art -- a painting of giant hands emerging from an ominous red sky holding strings attached to a sea of white cemetery crosses -- was an unforgettable sight, one that instantly articulated the message of the album title.

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November 15, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: See Metallica Talk 'Master of Puppets' for Lars Ulrich's Beats 1 Show

Metallica talk about their 1986 classic Master of Puppets and the album's new reissue in the latest episode of drummer Lars Ulrich's It's Electric Beats 1 radio show.

Apple Music released a series of videos from the episode, which Ulrich taped with James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Master of Puppets co-producer Flemming Rasmussen while on tour in Antwerp, Belgium.

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November 11, 2017 In the Press

Revolver: KIRK HAMMETT ON YOUTHFUL MISCHIEF BEHIND METALLICA'S 'MASTER OF PUPPETS'

"There was no precedent for Master of Puppets," says Kirk Hammett of Metallica's legendary third album. "So in the summer of 1985, when these songs were coming together, it was as if we were being visited by beings from another planet! That's what these songs felt like; they were so unique, and so individual — no one had ever heard anything like this before that. We kind of knew, once we got the group of songs together, that we had a pretty strong pile of material to record."

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November 9, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Metallica Talk 'Master of Puppets' Reissue, Cliff Burton's Last Show

When Metallica began gathering together everything they had in their vaults to include in a super-deluxe, box-set reissue of their touchstone 1986 LP Master of Puppets, they realized they had a lot more material to work with than on the reissues of their first two albums. "The hardest part of it all was the 'kitchen sink element,'" Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "There's a certain exaggerated, perverse beauty in just overwhelming people with as much stuff as possible, but there is also some line in the sand somewhere where it just gets to be too much. If we included everything from that time period, you would need a fucking forklift to get this thing into your house."

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November 9, 2017 In the Press

The Moshville Times: METALLICA / KVELERTAK – GENTING ARENA, BIRMINGHAM (30TH OCTOBER 2017)

As the first proper cold spell of this year descended on Birmingham, Metallica brought the fire and fury that certainly got the crowd warmed up. It’s been eight long years since the last time the veterans of metal brought their show to the UK (apart from the odd festival appearance) and an even longer 31 years since their very first visit. Even the bus journey from the car park to the Genting Arena was full of stories of the first time people had seen them.

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November 1, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Watch Metallica Debut 'Hardwired' Rager 'Spit Out the Bone' Live

When Metallica kicked off the North American leg of their WorldWired tour this past May in Baltimore, Rolling Stone reported that fans were calling out for the band to play "Spit Out the Bone," the raging closing track of their latest album. When the band put out Hardwired … to Self-Destruct last year, the seven-minute, hyper-charged thrasher quickly became a fan favorite, but the band held off playing it live until a gig at London's O2 arena earlier this week.

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October 27, 2017 In the Press

Revolver: PHOTOGRAPHER ROSS HALFIN RECOUNTS STORY BEHIND CLASSIC CLIFF BURTON PHOTO

Metallica are set to reissue their legendary 1986 album Master of Puppets as a deluxe box set on November 10th. One of the package's many, many highlights is a 108-page hardcover book, chock-full of previously unseen essays and photos from iconic rock photographers including Ross Halfin, who captured the classic image of the band's late bassist, Cliff Burton, shown above.

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October 27, 2017 In the Press

NME: Why you should definitely catch Metallica’s WorldWired tour

The metal giants are still a force to be reckoned with

This week, Metallica’s WorldWired tour arrived in the UK for the band’s first major British shows since headlining 2015’s Reading & Leeds festivals – and it was every bit as epic as you’d expect. In Glasgow last night the thrash-metal titans came armed with a career-spanning setlist and an eye-popping stage production – here’s why you should beg, steal or borrow your way into the remaining shows while you still can…

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October 27, 2017 In the Press

IQ Magazine: METALLICA SMASH THE O2 ATTENDANCE RECORD

Metallica last night made history by playing to a record-breaking 22,211 people at The O2 in London, smashing the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.

The ‘in-the-round’ format allowed for an extended seating capacity for the US rockers’ two O2 shows, part of the UK leg of their WorldWide tour, which now heads to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

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October 26, 2017 In the Press

Rolling Stone: Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy Lead Wildfire Benefit Concert

Metallica, Dave Matthews and G-Eazy will headline a benefit concert supporting families impacted by the devastating October wildfires throughout Northern California. Band Together Bay Area – scheduled for Thursday, November 9th at San Francisco's AT&T Park – will assist families impacted by the fires and honor the thousands of heroic first responders. According to Metallica's website, additional bands will be named. 

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October 26, 2017 In the Press

The Modern Record: METALLICA // THE SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW

As the metal quartet return to Glasgow after nearly eight years, Metallica kicked off the show with their new album title track "Hardwired" which seen the 13,000 capacity venue echo with heavy metal sounds, the eager fans chanting and clapping their hands as the band ran through the crowd onto the stage, certainly this was the a great opener for the Scottish crowd. The atmosphere in the arena was already starting to build up. A couple songs into set; James Hetfield and co launched into “Seek & Destroy”, an incredible fan favourite from their 1983 debut album.

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October 26, 2017 In the Press

Rock Sins: Metallica Live @ The O2 Arena, London, 24th October 2017

When you’re Metallica, you can get away with a lot of stuff. Things like charging £100 a ticket, as they broke The O2 arena’s attendance record not once but twice in the space of three days. But here’s the hook, anyone who saw this show would have come out of it being prepared to pay double that to see it again, there was definitely something special in the London air on this Tuesday night.

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October 25, 2017 In the Press