So I'm officially gettin' old...the album that had the biggest impact of my youth has been out for 25 years now. The album had actually been out a little over a year when I first heard it at the age of 15 and it literally changed my life. Because of Metallica and Master Of Puppets in particular, I went on to get into other thrash bands like Slayer, Testament, Megadeth, etc. and really became consumed with the underground metal scene. To this day I get goosebumps when I hear the main riff to "Battery" kick in. Master Of Puppets is everything I could ever ask for in a record...speed, technicality, melody and flat-out epic songwriting. From the opening riff to the title track to the haunting dirge of "The Thing that Should Not Be" on through the straight-up thrash masterpiece "Damage, Inc.", the album is as close to perfect as I have ever heard...every single track on the album is phenomenal. Metallica may have made a lot of mistakes over the course of the last 20 years, but there's a reason people mention their name in the same breath as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Black Sabbath...that reason is Master Of Puppets.