Connect with us

Music

Metallica Release 1985 “Master of Puppets” Demo Featuring Vastly Different Vocals by James Hetfield

It’s a little-known fact that James Hetfield struggled to find his voice, literally, on Metallica‘s Ride the Lightning, nearly hiring Armored Saint singer John Bush to be the bands lead vocalist. It’s something that’s haunted him through most of his career, even if everything turned out well for the band. These self-conscious insecurities are interestingly put on display on this never-before-heard “Master of Puppets” demo from 1985 in which James sounds as confused as ever about his vocal direction. It’s unclear why the drastic change from the demo to final recording but one thing is for certain, this all led to one of the greatest metal albums of all time, Master of Puppets been remastered for release on November 10th, which has.

Master of Puppets was originally released on March 3rd, 1986, on Elektra Records and went on to become the first Metallica album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. In 2016, the album became the first metal album to be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, an honor granted to works deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.



AROUND THE WEB


COMMENTS

23 Comments
  • Reason

    Still sounds FAR better than that style he’s had since “LOAD”.

    • Jay Brezzy

      Since Justice. EVERYTHING after that has been a ” load “.

      • Tan Shearer

        What exactly is wrong with the albums after …And Justice For All?

        • Jay Brezzy

          That sound fierce vocal sounds from Lighting, puppets and kill them all is long, long gone by the time Black, load, saint anger come along. That is just the truth man.

          • Tan Shearer

            So because his vocals have changed with age that means they suck? By that logic Megadeth must be the worst band ever as Dave’s vocals were always terrible. There is more to music than the vocals you know. Plus James’s vocals were technically his best musicianship-wise on the Black Album.

  • Necro

    I was expecting to hear him sound like shit. Sounds good to me, a little off, but obviously compared to what I’m used to hearing.

  • Alanmac

    The Armored Saint thing from the Ride the Lightning days is not a “little known fact”.

  • I actually prefer these vocals alot.

  • Saturn

    So kinda like if Master were on Ride, then?

  • BelmontPublicLibrary

    I think I remember reading an interview years ago about how he’d gotten help/advice about his vocals from Lemmy.

  • Tan Shearer

    Cool but how is this horror related? Pretty random that you have thousands of articles relating to horror then randomly you do an article about a Metallica demo. I mean you could argue for it’s inclusion if it was about “The Thing That Should Not Be” as that’s about Cthulhu so an article about the song “Master of Puppets” makes no sense xD

    • musteatbrains

      Hate to break it to ya, but horror, video games, metal music, and wrasslin all share the same fanbase.

      • Tan Shearer

        Actually no. Horror fans go way further than heavy metal fans. I know plenty of horror fans that hate metal. Horror is a mainstream genre not an alternative genre therefore have a huge following from all subcultures.

        • musteatbrains

          You’re a bit too far down the rabbit hole. Horror has some iconic characters, but it is not mainstream at all. I’m a huge horror fan, but I can also recognize what it looks like on the outside.

          • Tan Shearer

            Not at all. Horror is most definitely mainstream, it is one of the most popular genres of all time. It is most definitely not exclusively heavy metal fans who like horror. Look at footage from horror film theater reactions not a metalhead in sight. Here’s an example, the most popular film of this year, I couldn’t spot a single metalhead, could you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orTsDrmdGLU

          • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

            The success of stupid shit like the Paranormal Activity series should be a celar sign to eveyone that horror has gotten pretty mainstream.

  • Vohtrake

    Sounds awesome to me and not sure what the big deal is….. From the headline I thought I was going to hear something drastically different, almost a click bait situation we have here. Sounds like a demo to Master of Puppets to me with a natural progression to his vocal style he was doing on the previous albums. In fact I think I’m liking this better.

    • musteatbrains

      It’s a bit squeakier. Did you expect Prince to be singing? Don’t think this is clickbait to be honest.

      • Vohtrake

        Actually yes haha I was expecting something like that instead of hearing how he basically sounding on the previous album and how we’ve all heard James Hetfield singlive and especially on demos.

  • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

    “It’s unclear why the drastic change from the demo to final recording but one thing is for certain, this all led to one of the greatest metal albums of all time, Master of Puppets been remastered for release on November 10th, which has.”

    Is that sentence supposed to end there?

    • Vohtrake

      hahaha

  • Tan Shearer

    Actually James and Lars created division in the band. Jason’s writing was rarely used which was definitely a mistake as “Blackened” showed he could have took Metallica to another level but they chose not to use him. I fail to see how Jason having a side project would hurt the band considering they never used him for songwriting.

    • Jay Brezzy

      Everyone knows about Lars…I kept with James because of the topic at hand, but yes, you’re correct there. The fact that on ” Cliff ” day, James’s pulled the whole, ” I don’t like this…it’s Metallica or nothing Jason… remember there can be other arrangements made ” bs is what ended things for good. The black album was also a big dud to me because of the blues-esq approach to the sound…and following Lar’s drums, forcing Kirk to come in and record his solo’s with the band instead of how it was always done prior….and the definite change in James’s vocal style. This is why I said what I did previously ( and I never said they sucked ). They have been Black album Metallica every since that album. Yes I understand people getting older. Kirk has horrible arthritis ( and on a.side note…he’s a major horror movie fan…with some suck collectables ). Lars has slowed to a crawl. I get that…but obviously I’m a fan, and not some troll just posting for the sake of it. We may have a difference in opinion man, but I think it’s obvious we both like Metallica.

More in Music