What would Master of Puppets sound like if it was written by Slipknot? This TikTok user has the answer

[L-R] James Hetfield of Metallica and Jim Root of Slipknot
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Metallica’s Master of Puppets has received a spike in interest lately after its feature in the finale of the latest season of Stranger Things. And sure, in our timeline, it was written by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton and Lars Ulrich, but what if the creative spark never occurred during those 1985 songwriting sessions?

Would its iconic riff have been conceived by another artist further down the line? And if so, what would it sound like? These are exactly the questions TikTok user Devin Taylor attempts to answer in his latest short clip.


♬ original sound - Devin Taylor

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.