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Master of Puppets

Cover Stories: Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’

The front sleeve of Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' set the tone for thrash metal artwork. Here's the story behind the cover.

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Korn 1998
Immortal / Epic

17 Years Ago: Korn Take Nu-Metal to the Masses With ‘Follow the Leader’

On Aug. 18, 1998, Korn catapulted to massive fame with the release of 'Follow the Leader.'

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Cannibal Corpse 1990
Metal Blade

25 Years Ago: Cannibal Corpse Pile on the Gore With ‘Eaten Back to Life’

On Aug. 17, 1990, Cannibal Corpse made their presence felt with the 'Eaten Back to Life' album.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 1989
EMI

26 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release ‘Mother’s Milk’

On Aug. 16, 1989, Red Hot Chili Peppers started to gain traction with the release of their 'Mother's Milk' album.

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Metallica 1991
Elektra Records

24 Years Ago: Metallica Release ‘The Black Album’

On Aug. 12, 1991, Metallica released their biggest selling disc, known as 'The Black Album' to fans.

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Jani Lane
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Four Years Ago: Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dies

On Aug. 11, 2011, Warrant frontman Jani Lane was found dead in a hotel in Woodlands, California.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 1984
EMI

31 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release Their Self-Titled Debut Album

On Aug. 10, 1984, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album.

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Ozzy Osbourne
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

29 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Exonerated in ‘Suicide Solution’ Fan Death Lawsuit

On Aug. 7, 1986, a judge tossed out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne and his record labels tying the song 'Suicide Solution' to the death of a teen.

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Black Sabbath 1971
Vertigo

Cover Stories: Black Sabbath’s Self-Titled Debut

The best album covers brought something to the music, and that's exactly what the sleeve of Black Sabbath's eponymous debut did.

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Def Leppard 1987
Mercury Records

28 Years Ago: Def Leppard Unleash ‘Hysteria’

On Aug. 3, 1987, Def Leppard followed the hugely popular 'Pyromania' with the biggest album of their career, 'Hysteria.'

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