Why Lars Ulrich Called Metallica ‘National Treasure’

Metallica is probably the first name that springs to mind when it comes to metal music. Since 1981, the band has defined the genre with their unique sound, aggressive musicianship, and fast tempos. Besides, they’ve become one of the founding ‘big four’ bands of thrash metal alongside Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth.

Throughout the years, Metallica achieved tremendous success with their timeless classics. The band’s contributions to the genre are certainly undebatable. One of Metallica’s members, Lars Ulrich, also believed the same. In fact, he also argued the band was a national treasure.

Why Did Lars Ulrich Believe Metallica Had Such Title?

Metallica’s music style went under several changes throughout the years. While some Metallica fans like their earlier efforts, some like their later work better. However, both sides have something in common, their appreciation of the iconic ‘Master Of Puppets‘ album.

In 2016, the Library Of Congress selected ‘Master Of Puppets’ for induction into the National Recording Registry. Every year, the Registry chooses 25 recordings that are at least ten years old and ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’

With this achievement, ‘Master Of Puppets’ became the first metal recording that the Library Of Congress chose for preservation. In a 2016 interview with NPR’s David Greene,  Lars Ulrich expressed his excitement after this news and said those who didn’t appreciate ‘Master Of Puppets’ success were disrespecting a national treasure.

Here is what Lars Ulrich said:

“So take that, mister radio-throwing, not-have-your-coffee-yet guy. You’re disrespecting national treasures here.”

‘Master Of Puppets’ is the only metal release chosen by Congress. As this is a unique achievement for Metallica, Lars Ulrich believes ignoring Metallica’s music equals disrespecting a ‘national treasure.’