Sound — 10
From the acoustic beginning of "Battery" to the bone-crushing end of "Damage, Inc.", Metallica's "Master of Puppets" remains to this day one of the heaviest and most groundbreaking metal albums of all time. From the word go, Kirk and James aim to beat your brain in with a powerhouse combination of fast and heavy guitar riffs and solos. Combined with amazing drum tracks from Lars and unparalleled bass playing from the late Cliff Burton (especially on the instrumental "Orion"), Master of Puppets comes together to be, in my opinion, the greatest metal album of all time.
Lyrics — 9
As most of us know, the main theme from the album "Master of Puppets" is control. The clear message from the song "Master of Puppets" in being controlled by some kind of substance, most notably in this case drugs. "Sanitarium" deals with being conrolled by insanity. "Disposable Heroes" is dedicated to showing how war and the government are controlling, while "Leper Messiah" is about control through religion and "Damage, Inc." is about control through corporations and big business. I give the lyrics a 9 beacuse, even though they are well written by James and convey a clear theme of control, they cannot quite compare to some of his later lyrics on Load and Reload.
Overall Impression — 10
If I could give this album a 100 out of 10, I would. In my mind, by far the greatest metal album of all time. It's hard for me to pick a favorite song so I would say the highlights are "Sanitarium", "Master of Puppets", "Battery", and "Damage, Inc." The album does also include "Orion", my favorite Metallica instrumental. One reason why I love this album so much is that however not quite a concept album, all the songs are tied together by a main theme. Instead of a loose collection of songs commonly seen in today's music industry, it is a complete album that if one song were to be removed, it would changed the complexion of the entire album. A true masterpiece.