Read an Excerpt from Scott Ian’s Master of Puppets Reissue Essay
As you are no doubt aware, in November, Metallica will release a super-duper extra-special deluxe remastered edition of 1986’s Master of Puppets, which is the last Metallica album everyone who isn’t an asshole agrees was great. Depending on which version you buy, this super-duper extra-special deluxe remastered edition may include CDs, vinyl records, cassettes, DVDs, Blu-rays, 8-tracks, and mini-discs featuring not only the album itself, but also demos, live recordings, interviews, and a solid hour of Lars Ulrich passing gas after overinduling at White Castle, plus lithographs, pins, stickets, an iron brand, legal documentation allowing you to sign all your money away to James Hetfield, and book with photos, diagrams, blue prints, charts, and essays all about the album.
Okay I may be exaggerating slightly. But only slightly.
ANYWAY, I mention it because an excerpt from an essay by Anthrax’s Scott Ian included with the set has now been released. And when I say “an excerpt,” I mean “a paragraph.” And not a particularly long paragraph:
“You have to remember that this was 1986 and they were breaking new ground. When I listen to a song like ‘Master’ or ‘Sanitarium’ now with 30 years of experience it’s easy to see what they did. But in 1986 it was E=MC 2. It was unfathomable and I haven’t even gotten to their masterpiece ‘Orion’ yet. Seriously, did they find a bottle of Beethoven pills? How did they have the maturity to write an eight-and-a-half-minute instrumental that works? ‘Orion’ is moving, it’s cohesive and exciting, and it is dynamic. My ears never even had a chance to get bored because Metallica made me wonder what was coming next.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but my mind is blown. I was really on the fencing about buying this thing, but this paragraph is so insightful I am now completely sold.
The extra-special-super-duper-once-in-a-lifetime-fuck-the-college-fund-for-the-kids edition of Master of Puppets comes out November 10. Pre-order it here. Hopefully the rest of Ian’s essay is way more interesting.