Released on March 3, 1986, Metallica's Master of Puppets album became an instant classic and announced the band as the most electrifying new voice in rock. Read more...
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Released on March 3, 1986, Metallica's Master of Puppets album became an instant classic and announced the band as the most electrifying new voice in rock. Thirty years later, this six-time platinum album is considered to be the high-water mark of Metallica's incredible career, with songs like "Battery," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," and the title track, "Master of Puppets," still a staple of their sell-out live shows. Sadly, this hugely successful period for Metallica was marred by a tragedy that shook the band to its foundation: the death of bassist Cliff Burton in a tour bus accident on September 27, 1986.
For the first time, Metallica: Back to the Front tells the fully authorized story of the creation of the Master of Puppets album and the subsequent tour. Featuring new and exclusive interviews with band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, this is the definitive account of the most venerated period of Metallica's history, from the incredible highs of touring in support of Ozzy Osbourne to the lows of losing a key member of the band and crucial part of the Metallica sound. Metallica: Back to the Front will also feature interviews with other important figures in the band's history, including managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, Anthrax band members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, and many, many more.
Filled with hundreds of never-before-seen images from the band's personal archives, this deluxe volume will combine an in-depth narrative with stunning visuals, taking fans further into this defining period of the band's career than ever before. Released to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Master of Puppets album and tour, Metallica: Back to the Front is created with the full cooperation and support of the band. The result is a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes, and never-before-seen photographs that legions of Metallica fans will cherish for generations to come.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-10
- Reviewer: Staff
When Metallicas 1986 album, Master of Puppets, was released, it was the turning point to hugeness for the band, as guitarist Hetfield states in his introduction to this gorgeously illustrated coffee-table book. It contains everything that led up to the success of what was only the third recording for the now-legendary band. Taylor (Jaws: Memories from Marthas Vineyard) expertly traces the history of the dark horse sensation that began a golden age for Metallica, an era when the band, having tasted the blood of success, was still hungry, raw, and unstoppable both creatively and on stage. Fans will love the numerous rare photos, tour passes, and other memorabilia throughout the book, from early rehearsals through a stint as opening act for Ozzy Osbourne to the bands own 1986 world tour. Most of all, the book is a tribute to the influence of bassist Cliff Burton, whose innovative playing (Cliffs sister called him the worlds first lead bassist) is a hallmark of the album, and whose death in a bus accident on that world tour brought an end to Metallicas first golden age. Focusing on the year and a half before Burtons death, the book adds depth to an important chapter in the bands history. (Sept.)