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”.