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Metallica Discuss Making of ‘Master of Puppets’ in New Video

Metallica recently sat down to discuss the importance of Master of Puppets, their 1986 album that marks its 30th anniversary this year.

“I think Master of Puppets signifies for a lot of people—and it does for me as well—the pinnacle of the Cliff Burton era of Metallica,” guitarist James Hetfield says. “But also, it was still rebellious.”

The album was the last to feature the four-piece lineup that launched Metallica to fame: Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Burton.

“Back then,” says Hetfield, “it was still just the four of us, in a van, out to conquer the world.”

Hetfield is joined in the video by Hammett, Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined Metallica in 2003.

The band is celebrating Master of Puppets' 30th anniversary with Metallica: Back to the Front, a book that reveals the details behind the making of the landmark thrash album. Metallica: Back to the Front features photos, original art, ideas for lyrics, and interviews with the band, producer Flemming Rasmussen and fans. The book comes out September 13.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.