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World Realises Importance Of Metallica; ‘Master Of Puppets’ To Be Preserved By Congress


If there’s ever been a more fitting time to take a leaf out of the James Hetfield soundboard and belt out a quick “Yeah-ee-yeeeahh!” we’d like to hear it.

Metallica’s 1986 opus Master Of Puppets has officially been recognised for its brilliance and, along with 24 other significant recordings, has been chosen to be preserved by the US Library of Congress. This may not sound like a big deal, but bear in mind it’s one of only 450 recordings to ever be selected – and the first heavy metal release at that.

Each year the National Recording Registry chooses 25 musical works based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance and safeguards the best quality recordings so that future metalheads can get their thrash on in the year 2236.

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In a statement given by the Library of Congress, they note Metallica “moving away from its thrash metal history and reputation and exploring new ideas” on Master Of Puppets, also the first thrash metal album to achieve platinum status. “For example, the song ‘Battery’ on this album – with rhythm guitarist James Hetfield’s galloping power chords, Lars Ulrich’s machine-gun drumming, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammet’s blinding tapped leads – is as rousing an example of the sub-genre as one could find and the technical proficiency is astonishing.”

Read a statement from the band’s official website:

Who would’ve ever thought that Master of Puppets, a record made by a band hovering way left of the mainstream in 1986, would be granted the honor of being added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress? It happened today as Master was selected as one of the 25 new sound recordings added to the registry of works that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Whew, that’s heavy!

The selections this year bring the total number of recordings to 450, as the program began in 2002, and we are proud and humbled to join such icons as John Coltrane, Merle Haggard, Santana and George Carlin, among others, in this pantheon of American recordings as 2015’s inductees. Master of Puppets is a collection of songs that we consider a defining moment in our formative years and the honor bestowed upon this album is beyond thrilling.

Listen to Master Of Puppets in all its glory below.

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