Release Date: 2006
Number Of Tracks: 8
Eight of rock's hottest bands have contributed to a special re-recording of Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the classic album's release.
METSOAD, on april 07, 2006 4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is a tribute album to oneof the greatest records ever made, Metallica's 1986 masterpeice "Master Of Puppets." Trivium, Fightstar, Chimaria, Machine Head, Mendeed, Funeral For A Friend, Bullet For My Valentine and Mastadon each covered one of the tracks from the album. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are the same as are on the original (minus a bit of attitude in "Sanitarium" by Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine). The vocals are wide ranging, from the out and out screamers (Funeral For A Friends drummer Ryan Richards and Chimaria's Mark Hunter), the ones who tried to imitate Hetfield (Matt Heafy from Trivium, Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine and Robert Flynn for Machine Head), the ones who had no vocals at all (Troy Sanders of Mastadon) and one who tried a new apporach. This time I am of course talking about, in many ways, the best vocalist on the album Chrlie Simpson of Fightstar, a remarkably fresh take on "Leper Messiah" personifies Fightstar's style of music as well as Metallica's at the same time. Truly brilliant. // 10
Overall Impression: 01. Battery - Machine Head play this just as Metallica did, thrashy, insaine and hugley loud, awesome.
02. Master Of Puppets - it appears Matt Heafy and co were born for the soul purpose of being Metallica mark 2. This is proved esspecially in this song, which is this albums highlight. Stunning work by all concerned in all departments. Brilliantly played and constructed. Awesome!
03. Thing That Should Not Be - the albums low point, simply because Mendeed are the worst band on the album. The added thrash solo part would not sound out of place on the original song.
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Matt Tuck tries a little too hard to be Hetfield and ends not doing much until the bit of attitude in the section after the second chorus. The soloing is awesome and almost matches the original by the god Kirk Hammet.
05. Disposable Heroes - Chimaria put alot of effort into this and it shows, just as fast, if not faster, than the original and an added texture with the screaming vocals. Excellent.
06. Leper Messiah - the album underdog performed by the underdog band. The vocals as I have said already are just incredible and the riffing is even better with the tuned down guitars. But the solo is not as complex as I was hoping. But still a thumping great performance.
07. Orion - Mastadon did this song in its entirity, which is something Metallica failed to do live before last year. The played it perfectly, especially thee bass lines. But the magic was missing, the person that can recapture the magic of this is Cliff Burton (RIP).
08. Damage Inc - Matt Davies (the normal Funeral For A Friend singer) was saved from a very difficult job when the drummer took over. The drummer did a good job, the guiatars made stunning work of the intro and the riffs in this, IMO, the greatest of all Metallica's songs.
Overall, it is the best free CD to ever come out of Kerrang magazine ever. Long live Master Of Puppets, the greatest, loudest and most thought provoking of all Metal albums. // 10
Nuums, on may 15, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This re-recording of the great Metallica album Master Of Puppets, is almost too good to be a free cover-album. Almost all the song are covered perfect! It's recorded and released, along with issue 1102 of the Kerrang! magazine. Awesome. // 9
Lyrics: Lyrics are the same. The difference is the vocals (of course), and they are pretty good. Except for the Mendeed-cover of The thing that should not be. It sucks! // 9
Overall Impression: Overall it is a very good cover-album compared to it being for free.
01. Battery - Machine Head does this song perfect, sounds very much like the original. Great guitar-work, nice vocals. You can't find any other cover of this song, this great! Exelent.
02. Master Of Puppets - awesome cover, Trivium is a great band and they are only about 20 years old all of them. And that they can play this legendary song that good, respect.
03. The Thing That Should Not Be - this is IMO the poorest song on this album. Mendeed front-figure does the vocals like shit! It is false singing! They have added an extra solo, which is okay, but it doesn't fit in.
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - this song is covered good by Bullet For My Valentine. Slower than the original. The vocals could have been better, but otherwise good.. Great instruments.
05. Disposable Heroes - this song is played very good by Chimaira. Sounds almost as the original. The only difference (and minus) is the screaming, which Mark Hunter does all the way through the song. Great solo, Rob Arnold rules! As a whole it is a very nice cover!
06. Leper Messiah - nice job done by Fightstar. Sounds much as the original, and the vocals are quite nice! Great solo.
07. Orion - I have never really heard anything from Mastodon, but now I think I'll go borrow some CD's! Well I haven't heard vocals from Mastodon since Orion is an instrumental track, but the instruments is just incredible! Very very nice work! Plus it's done in its full length! 28:58. That's awesome done!
08. Damage Inc. - good cover by Funeral For A Friend. Great work by the guitarists!
Despite the, more or less, failed cover of The thing that should not be, which Mendeed f--ks completely up, this album is totally one to own! Great work from (almost) all the artists! // 10