Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ to be preserved by US Library of Congress

The band’s classic album has been deemed “culturally significant" enough to be preserved

Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ will be the first heavy metal album to be added to America’s National Recording Registry.

Each year, the government-run library preserves 25 recordings that deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and are at least a decade old.

‘Master of Puppets’, considered by many to be the band’s masterpiece, was released in 1986.

“It shows the group moving away from its thrash metal history and reputation and exploring new ideas,” the Library of Congress said in a statement.

Drummer Lars Ulrich said the band were “humbled” by the honour. ”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 Registry of the Library of Congress?” he said.

Metallica is 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 2016 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.”

Other selections added to the library include Gloria Gaynor’s iconic 1978 single ‘I Will Survive’ and John Coltrane’s 1964 album ‘A Love Supreme’.