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On this day in 1986, Metallica released its third studio album, and its first through a major label (Elektra). With its intensity, assaultive percussion, and refined production, Master Of Puppets is an album many consider Metallica’s finest.

And, in fact, it was the first metal album deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” enough for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the United States Library of Congress in 2015.

Enjoy some tracks from this unapologetically thrash metal album, helped along, as ever, by Lars Ulrich’s driving, knifing drums.

  “Battery”


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“Leper Messiah” (Live)
“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”
“The Thing That Should Not Be”
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