Master of Puppets – Metallica – Album Cover Review – Sarah Clow

The Master of Puppets cover was created by Don Brautigam, who sadly is no longer with us, but is survived by his two sons.

I was unfortunate in that I was unable to discover the story behind the design, but do know that is a large painting, most likely acrylics. Im afraid youll have to do with my thoughts on this marvellous piece of art I find the design outstanding, I think it really fits in well with the lyrical content of the album and the fact that the crosses are in perspective also gives a sense of being in the painting itself and being at the side of the fallen heroes. The hands in the corners with the strings leading to the crosses gives a sense of being controlled and enslaved, and pretty much lead to their death. The helmet on the left hand side cross gives another sense of the war effort, and the red sky gives me a sense of unease, bloodshed and of being laid to rest in a war torn land, rather than taken home and laid to rest under a blue sky. For this issue, seeing as Remembrance Sunday is almost upon us, I would like to take a minute to remember those who fought and lost their lives in the Great War and the Second World War. Every year I buy a Poppy to show I care about our history and the lives that have been taken. Just Remember

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