Metallica, 'Master of Puppets' (1986)
This one would be my number one, if we were going from 10 to one. It's my favorite metal album. It is the perfect metal album. There is no fucking way that you could improve on that album. Ever. And I have gotten in fucking arguments with people that are like, "Well, what about Sabbath? What about this or that?" It's like, "Yeah, but Black Sabbath wasn't a fucking full album from top to bottom." It was cool, you got into it later. But fucking Master of Puppets is perfect from the first strum of the guitar on fucking "Battery" to the last fucking hit of "Damage, Inc." It is perfect! And I will fight anyone who says differently, and win! Because I will have the righteousness of God on my side [laughs], and just take no shit.
The album is heavy and yet it's so fucking melodic. It is badass and yet it has moments of pure fucking contemplative cool flow stuff. It is sludgy and yet will rip your fucking head off. And it has the best Metallica song ever written, "Disposable Heroes," on it. That fucking song is a clinic, not only in alternate picking, but also down picking. I can't play it, and I can play almost anything. That's how good it is.
So that to me hits everything. It's got some of James [Hetfield's] best performances, and the whole band is amazing on it. And it's got some of his best lyrics on it. You listen to it and you're like, "This is criminal, how fucking good this album is."