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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #2 – Master of Puppets


EvilPuppetI wouldn’t be surprised if I got some hate mail for this one, but Trivium’s cover of Master of Puppets is my #2 favorite cover song.  I think this is one of those bands that has a fine dividing line between love and hate or like and dislike among metal fans.  I happen to be on the “like” side and this cover is spot on, if not equal to or better than Metallica’s original version.  I think this is the cover that earned them the nickname of Metallica copycats.  The original version can be found on Metallica’s Master of Puppets album released in 1986.  I don’t think I can say more about that album, as it is my #2 favorite album of all time.

Trivium recorded their cover of the song for Remastered:  Master of Puppets Revisited distributed for free by Kerrang!  You can find it on the re-release of their album Ascendancy originally released in 2005.  That album shot Trivium to new levels and garnered them some serious attention.  This is also the point where I first heard of them and enjoyed their music.  Since then, they have been the source of contention among metal fans with many views and opinions widely varying.  For me, I prefer the album Shogun above all, but still appreciated their most recent work and look forward to something new from them hopefully in the near future.

Here is Trivium performing Master of Puppets live.

Here is Metallica’s epic song also live.

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