Metallica: Master of Puppets meaning in Stranger Things

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The song, originally released in 1986, is climbing the charts after being featured in Season 4 of the Netflix hit Stranger Things

The Metallica song “Master of Puppets” is enjoying a resurgence in the UK charts after being featured in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

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Should Master of Puppets break into the top 40, it would be the group’s first feat in 14 years and their 20th top 40 hit to date.

The cast of Stranger Things at the season four premiere (Getty Images

When was Master of Puppets first released?

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Master of Puppets was first released from the 1986 album of the same name as part of Metallica’s third studio album. It was released through Elektra Records.

Master of Puppets is now considered a classic thrash metal album by fans, critics and the band members themselves, and it became the first gold record for sales of 500,000 copies.

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The album is the final recording by bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident while on tour to promote the album.

Netflix sci-fi Stranger Things fans are still recovering from the longest, most expensive episode series and season yet, which concludes with a massive 160-minute finale.

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The song is used when Hellfire Club leader Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) tries to distract the Demobats while Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Robin (Maya Hawke), and Steve (Joe Keery) Vecna ​​(Jamie Campbell Bower ) attack.

Joseph Quinn, who co-starred on a backing track for the epic scene, said, “When I read the script, it was just perfectly executed. It felt like this was the only world where such a sequence could exist and not feel ridiculous. I mean, it’s ridiculous, but it feels perfect, you know?”

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Stranger Things actor Joseph Quinn at the Season 4 premiere. (Getty Images)

Could Master of Puppets reach #1 in the UK charts?

The song has risen to number 58 on the official midweek singles chart (at the time of writing) and appears to be following in the footsteps of Kate Bush’s song Running Up That Hill, which recently rose to number one on the global charts.

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In doing so, Kate Bush broke the longest record for a single to reach number one, with the 1985 hit topping the charts 37 years after its initial release.

How did Metallica react to the song’s renewed popularity?

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Metallica have praised Stranger Things for using their song.

Following the July 1 episode’s release, Metallica made a post on Instagram praising the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, for the way they incorporated the song into the show.

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“The way the Duffer brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next-level, so we were overjoyed that they not only included ‘Master of Puppets’ in the show, but that such a pivotal one scene was built around it,” the band wrote.

“We were all thrilled to see the end result and when we saw it we were totally blown away… it’s so extremely well done, so much so that some people could guess the song just by hearing a few seconds from Joseph Quinn’s hands.” saw the trailer!! How crazy is that?”

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What do the lyrics of the song mean?

The track Master of Puppets is about being hopelessly addicted to drugs and not being able to break free from their grip even if it kills you.

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The drugs are the master while the user is the puppet.

Lead singer James Hetfield said: “Master of Puppets is quite a drug dealer. How things are switched around, instead of you controlling what you take and do, the drugs control you.”

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James Hetfield is impressed with the way Master of Puppets has been integrated into Stranger Things (Getty Images)

What are the lyrics to Master of Puppets?

These are the lyrics to Metallica’s Master of Puppets:

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End of Passion Play, crumbling

I am your source of self-destruction

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Veins pumping with fear

Feeding on the construction of your death

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Try me and you will see

Master of the puppets, I pull your strings

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Twist your mind and shatter your dreams

Blinded by me, you can’t see anything

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Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream

Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream

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Handmade, by the way, never tell

The life of death becomes clearer

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Pain monopoly, ritual misery

Chop up your breakfast on a mirror

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Try me and you will see

Master of the puppets, I pull your strings

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Twist your mind and shatter your dreams

Blinded by me, you can’t see anything

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Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream

Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream

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Where are the dreams I’ve been looking for?

All I hear and see is laughter

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Just a rhyme for no reason

Now your life has no season

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Master of the puppets, I pull your strings

Twist your mind and shatter your dreams

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Blinded by me, you can’t see anything

Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream

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Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream

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