Master of Puppets becomes first metal album ever added to America’s National Recording Registry

Metallica’s classic ‘Master of Puppets’ album has made history by being the first metal album to be added to America’s National Recording Registry.

The 1986 thrash classic has been considered ‘culturally significant’ enough to be preserved.

The American Government-run library select 25 recordings they deem to be both “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and at least a decade old for inclusion each year.

And Metallica now join esteemed company on the National Recording Registry.

In a statement released on the band’s official website, the band writes: “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 honour of being added to the Registry of the Library of Congress.

“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 honour bestowed upon this album is beyond thrilling.”

The Library of Congress says of ‘Master of Puppets’: “It shows the group moving away from its thrash metal history and reputation and exploring new ideas.”