METALLICA Readies Re-Issue of "Master of Puppets"

August 9, 2017

Umi Kaltsum Dreamstime

Following the recent, expanded re-releases of their first 2 albums (‘Kill ‘Em All’ & ‘Ride The Lightning') Metal Kings METALLICA are preparing to re-release “Master of Puppets” hopefully by the end of this year.  The band’s 3rd album, an acknowledged Heavy Metal Classic, was first released in 1986, and it was Metallica’s debut album for a major record label (Elektra). Additionally, it became the very first ‘Heavy Metal’ album to achieve ‘Platinum’ status (sales of over 1 million albums) and has served as a template for all hard rock/heavy metal bands & albums to follow. “Master of Puppets”  was also the first work of its kind to be added to the U.S. Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” The album sadly was also the final work recorded with original Metallica bassist, CLIFF BURTON before his untimely death during the tour in support of the album. It is expected that similar to the 2 previous re-issues, “Master of Puppets” will be ‘beefed up’ with additional, unreleased material, and will also be available in a variety of remastered choices, including a box set. In a recent interview with Blabbermouth, drummer LARS ULRICH, addressing a possible release date for the set said, “We’ll try to see if we can get it out at the end of this year. It’s coming soon. We’re working on it. There’s a lot of stuff associated with Master of Puppets – it’s an immense project. We’ve spent too much time looking forward, with Hardwired … to Self Destruct. But Master of Puppets is obviously next. Hopefully, late this year. If not, soon thereafter.” The band’s most recent album, ‘Hardwired…to Self-Destruct’ marked the first release on METALLICA’s own label, ‘Blackened Recordings,’ and since the band owns all of their back catalog, (not a lot of bands do!) all reissues will also be on their label which also means that METALLICA oversees and approves everything involved with those projects! Rock On!