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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

METALLICA: Master Of Puppets Album Review

Tom's Music Reviews

You’re probably thinking “where’s this guy’s Metallica reviews at? He said he’d do their whole discography and he stopped at RTL. We paid good money to our Internet Service Providers to download those articles and he isn’t writing them for us!”. Dude. Chill. I haven’t been writing for my Metallica series because I have been discovering new music and have generally a lot on my plate at the moment. All that aside, let’s go…

This series continues with their third studio release, 1986’s Master of Puppets. You know I said Ride The Lightning was near-perfect? This is even better. You might recognise tracks like these: Battery, Master of Puppets, The Thing That Should Not Be, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, Orion, Damage Inc. As you can see, we have some the first wave of thrash metal’s biggest hits on one record. So it’s pretty darn impressive.

The first song, Battery, is one of Metallica’s biggest and most popular songs. It is a bonafide crowd pleaser and an immense album opener. It starts off with an acoustic intro which hypnotises the listener, then James Hetfield’s brain-crushing guitar riffage comes in. This wakes up the listener to the thrash metal attack that will blow them away from the first listen and (if they hadn’t listened to metal prior) change their life. Then, the vocals come in. James uses the same voice he used for RTL except on MOP it’s more refined and less in-your-face. Then, there’s the chorus of “pounding out aggression, turn into obsession, cannot kill the battery!”. On your screen they may seem like typical clichéd metal lyrics, but the way they’re incorporated into Metallica’s style and the way James sings them there is literally no other way of putting it, IT’S AWESOME.

Track 2, Master Of Puppets, is where it all kicks off. Apart from it being one of the most popular metal anthems of all time (we’ll move on to that in a second), it has a fast, palm-muted guitar riff that is really typical of Hetfield’s style of guitar playing. Furthermore, it has lyrics dealing with addiction: “Come crawling faster, obey your master, your life burns faster, obey your master! Master!”, the word ‘Master’ refers to the drug (or in Metallica’s case alcohol) that ‘controls’ you like a master. Later on in the song, it has a slow solo involving harmonising licks from James and Kirk. Then, it gets heavy again with a call-and-response bridge where the bass player (Cliff, Jason or Rob depends what era performance) sings one part and James sings the other. Then Kirk unleashes the tapping, triplet-producing beast that is his lead guitar talent. This solo, laced with triplets and intricate melodies, is one of the best our genre has produced.

The third song, The Thing That Should Not Be, is mostly to flex Metallica’s lyrical ability more than anything. It is based on the short story by H.P Lovecraft “Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Musically, it is the heaviest song they have ever done (until 1991’s Sad But True) with downtuned guitars in C# tuning. This technique was inspired by Black Sabbath, the band that invented metal. This gives it a gloomy, atmospheric tone. It also has a great solo from Kirk.

Track 4, Welcome Home (Sanitarium) is another example of Metallica’s semi-ballads (soft intro and verse, hard chorus and outro) that would go on to include 1988’s One, 1991’s The Unforgiven, 1997’s Unforgiven II and 2008’s Unforgiven III and The Day That Never Comes. It starts off with a soft melody involving high notes and harmonics on the 12th fret on the top 3 strings. Then it goes into an arpeggio pre-verse and that continues into James’ soft singing and then in the chorus it goes heavy and that structure is then repeated and then a heavy outro.

You probably don’t have time to read about the rest of the album, so I’ll talk about a few honourable mentions, the first being Orion. It is an instrumental track, wrote by the bass player Cliff Burton. Master was the last album they did with him before his tragic death in a tour bus accident on the European leg of the album’s supporting tour. It really was a shame because he really made their songwriting great and after he died (the following release …And Justice for All has a track which was written when Cliff was alive and thus has a posthumous writing credit) the band’s style changed.

Now back to Orion. It has a bass intro and then the guitars kick in, not too intense, it’s very influenced by classical, what Cliff listened to amongst other things. And then it has section B (it’s in binary form, A and B sections) which is a mellow, again showing his classical background and silence. Three unaccompanied heavy power chords come in (same as the intro) and the solo enters. The fact that it’s heavy but relaxed at the same time really shows the differentiation between Cliff and the rest of the band. Based on this Cliff was the best thing to ever happen to the band, if Kirk hadn’t given his bunk on the tour bus up to Cliff Metallica would be a completely different band (you may recall hearing their post-80s material on the radio and in popular culture, notice how it’s more mainstream than their 80s material). Rob is trying to recapture his spirit (he played Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) live and it was well-received) by getting them back into the thrash spirit (2008’s Death Magnetic is a prime example) but it’s not the same, frankly.

Keep an eye out for more reviews soon!
Tom Sherrin

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