AUDIO: Metallica Drops 1985 ‘Master of Puppets’ Demo

Song to appear on Grammy-winning band’s November reissue

October 18, 2017

Metallica is turning back the clock to promote an upcoming reissue of one of its most critically acclaimed albums.

The Grammy-winning heavy metal icons and repeat Stern Show guests have released the original 1985 demo of “Master of Puppets,” the titular single off the band’s multi-platinum third studio album.

The demo appears on the band’s “Master of Puppets” reissue, hitting shelves in November. The super deluxe edition includes plenty of demos, outtakes, live, and unreleased Metallica songs; there’s also a hardcover book and a remastered vinyl edition available for the super fans.

When Metallica returned last year to the Stern Show the band sat with Howard for an interview and performed several hits, “Master of Puppets” among them. Compare the 1985 demo (above) with the 2016 Stern Show version (below). And check out Howard’s full conversation with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo here.

Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” reissue ships Nov. 10. Get more info here.

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