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Danish prime minister gifts Metallica's "Master of Puppets" reissue to Indonesia's heavy metal-loving president

Blackened RecordingsMetallica: masters of diplomacy?

According to The Jakarta Post, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen gifted Indonesia President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with a copy of Metallica's recent Master of Puppets reissue box set during a bilateral meeting held Tuesday in the Southeast Asia nation.

So why did the prime minster of Denmark give the president of Indonesia a Metallica box set? Well, two reasons: one, drummer Lars Ulrich, who signed the package, is from Denmark; and two, Jokowi is actually a huge metalhead, and counts himself a fan of Metallica, Megadeth and Lamb of God.

"Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my favorite [music]," Jokowi said of the gift.

Rasmussen also posted a photo of a smiling Jokowi holding the box set on Twitter. "Indonesia's president @jokowi seemed eager to dig into his diplomatic gift from Denmark: A #MasterOfPuppets box signed by #heavymetal fans' all-time favorit[e] drummer @larsulrich," he wrote in the caption.

In return for the Master of Puppets box set, Jokowi gifted Rasmussen a traditional Indonesian dagger, which is arguably even more metal.

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posted : November, 28th by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock