Master of Puppets
The album is almost a concept album, in that the topic of people as puppets runs through most of the songs on the album; lead by anger in "Battery", addiction in "Master of Puppets", madness in "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", religion in "Leper Messiah", soldiers as cannon fodder in "Disposable Heroes"; to stretch the point somewhat, even the reference to the Cthulhu Mythos in "The Thing That Should Not Be" brings to mind the followers of a cult, and "Orion", the hunter of Greek myth, was killed by Artemis after he became her follower. "Damage Inc.", the album's final track, is a call of non-conformity, to cut the strings of the puppet master.
The album's cover gives hint to some of the threads of the album. The cover shows a veteran's cemetery, with crosses as grave stones; which draws to mind both the dead soldiers of "Disposable Heroes", and the followers of the corrupt preacher of "Leper Messiah"; attached by puppet strings to a pair of controlling hands above.