Metallica Celebrate Master Of Puppets' 30th Anniversary
"When I listen to 'Master Of Puppets' now, I just sit there and go, 'What the f***? How do you do that?'", drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "It's very gutsy music. It was a crazy time. We were really young, really fresh-faced. Everything was about music. We were living and breathing music 24/7 with no ulterior motives."
"There's a spark or spontaneity or impulsiveness that happens when you're in your twenties," reflects Ulrich. "We wrote 'Master Of Puppets' in probably eight weeks over that summer. Nowadays, it takes me eight weeks just to drive own to the studio. It's like, 'What did we do in the summer of '85 where we could just give birth to that from the first note to the last note in eight weeks?'
"(2008's) 'Death Magnetic' took us probably 18 months from when we started writing to when we started recording. On this current record, it probably took us about nine months. How do you write a record like 'Master Of Puppets' in eight weeks?"
The project was the band's final one with bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in a tour bus accident in Sweden in September of 1986. "I think about him a lot," says Ulrich. "It was a very unique thing that we had going for us on those three records in terms of the sound of that lineup, and God bless Jason Newsted and God bless Robert Trujillo for their individuality and what they've brought to Metallica since his death, but Cliff really was a character all his own. That hasn't changed one iota since then. It only becomes more and more apparent." Read more here.
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