Metallica's landmark third album Master of Puppets will be reissued on their own Blackened Recordings on 10 November. Newly remastered for the most advanced sound quality, it will be available in numerous digital and physical versions.
The album, first released in March 1986, shipped six million copies in the US alone (their first to go platinum there) and sold some 10 million copies worldwide. It will be issued as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition and a limited edition deluxe box set; and, digitally, as a standard CD available to stream and download, a 3 CD expanded edition, available for download only, and a digital deluxe box set, available for streaming and download.
The reissue of Master of Puppets is available for pre-order beginning today (29 August) at the band's website where full details of the package and track listing can be seen. Fans pre-ordering the standard album will receive an instant download of the remastered version of 'Disposable Heroes,' and those pre-ordering the expanded or deluxe editions will receive an instant download of that track as well as 'The Thing That Should Not Be,' recorded live at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 25 May, 1986.
The expanded edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks and a 28-page booklet. The limited edition deluxe box set will offer a 108-page hardcover book including unseen photos, outtakes and unreleased interviews; three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
Metallica's WorldWired tour, which recently completed its North American leg, comes to Europe from 2 September, when the band play in Copenhagen. Dates continue into November and resume in February, running all the way into May.