John 5 Picks The Best Metallica Album

The former Rob Zombie and current Mötley Crüe guitarist John 5 picked his favorite Metallica album in a new interview with Radioactive MikeZ. When asked which one he would pick between ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Ride The Lightning,’ the guitarist made his choice:

“I would pick ‘Master Of Puppets,’ and here is why. Everybody has their opinion. Everybody has their opinion, but the production… I’m not saying the songs are any better than ‘Ride The Lightning,’ or ‘Ride The Lightning’ songs are any better than ‘Master’ or anything like that, but the production on ‘Master Of Puppets’ is crazy great. And that just takes it over the edge.”

Released in 1986, ‘Master Of Puppets’ stands out as Metallica’s most popular album even today. The Mötley Crüe guitarist expressed admiration for the record while highlighting its lasting appeal to people and explaining why he holds a deep appreciation for the album:

“I mean, it’s perfection. It sounds so amazing, even today… It’s really a wonderful, wonderful record. And all those songs are just so well-written and so well-executed. But it’s just that production. And then, if I’m gonna go a little further, the cover. Oh my god — the ‘Master Of Puppets’ cover is… I mean, that’s a beautiful piece of art — it’s gorgeous. And then the back cover is rad too. So, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me, but I got ‘Ride The Lightning’ first, then I got ‘Master Of Puppets’. Yeah, that’s what I would have to say.”

John 5 Worked For Metallica When He Was Younger

Despite his admiration for the band and their records, he has a history with them too. Looking back on briefly working for Metallica back in the late ’80s when he was still a teenager, he recalled the day the former Megadeth drummer Chuck Behler offered to go see Metallica with him. The young John 5, accepting the offer, met the band and even worked for them for a little while:

“It was really cool, and they would give me silly jobs, like, Lars [Ulrich] would jump on my back and they’d chicken-fight or something like that, silly stuff. Or I’d get them like beer or something like that. They were the nicest people. When I started to get known, they’d be like, ‘Holy shit, that’s Little Ozzy! What’s he doing in Marilyn Manson? What’s he doing playing with David Lee Roth?’ So it’s funny how it all comes around.”

Despite The Fame, ‘Master Of Puppets’ Is Still Gatekept

You might have heard that the self-titled track appeared in the Netflix show ‘Stranger Things.’ During season four, the character Eddie Munson, a metalhead character portrayed by Joseph Quinn, performed a Metallica song. Positioned atop a trailer in the Upside Down, he played the 1986 classic ‘Master of Puppets.’

Upon its debut on Netflix, this scene triggered a revival in the popularity of the song, drawing in a new generation of fans who were introduced to the band’s hit for the first time. Some enthusiasts of the metal genre attempted to ‘gatekeep’ the band, due to being dissatisfied with the idea of a younger, newer audience appreciating the music.

One of those fans wrote under a clip of Metallica:

“I’m sorry Metallica for all the fake ‘Stranger Things’ fans, love ya.”

The band, as opposed to the fan, had a more positive attitude. They responded:

“If they like ‘[Master Of Puppets,] chances are they’ll find plenty of other songs to get into. FYI – EVERYONE is welcome in the Metallica Family. Whether you’ve been a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, we all share a bond through music. All of you started at ground zero at one point in time.”

Billboard reported that thanks to its feature in the show, the track experienced a remarkable 400 percent increase in streams.

You can watch the interview below.