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.