Sound — 10
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.
Lyrics — 10
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.
Overall Impression — 10
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.