5 Things You Didn't Know About Metallica's 'Master of Puppets'

As album turns 30, its connections to Def Leppard and Mercyful Fate are revealed

To celebrate the album's 30th anniversary, here are five things you didn't know about Metallica's 'Master of Puppets.'
5 Things You Didn't Know About Metallica's 'Master of Puppets'

Metallica recently opened up to Rolling Stone about their landmark 1986 album Master of Puppets to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In new interviews, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and co-producer Flemming Rasmussen shared memories of how they made the thrash touchstone along with their impressions of how it changed their lives.

"What surprises me the most is when I listen to the radio and something from the album will come on and I'm amazed at how current and modern it still sounds," Hammett said.

Over the course of reporting the article, we uncovered many surprising facts. Here are five things we learned while talking to Metallica about Master of Puppets. Read the full, 4,000-word story for more, including a missed connection with Rush's Geddy Lee as a possible producer, Cliff Burton's secret to winning poker and Metallica's connection to Nirvana, among others.