Wednesday, 22 June 2016

REWIND: Metallica - 'Battery'

2016 sees milestone anniversaries of many brilliant albums, and a few months ago one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all-time celebrated its 30th birthday. 'Master of Puppets' was the third studio album by Metallica, the band's first album released on a major label and the last to feature original bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album's promotional tour. Combining thundering thrash metal with strong songcrafting, the album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. The cover was designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch and painted by Don Brautigam, depicting a cemetery of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a blood-red sky. From the 1986 classic, here is the tremendous opener 'Battery', a song regularly featured in the band's sets to this day...

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