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Metalhead Jokowi Given Metallica Box Set By Danish Prime Minister

Even in Political circles, the Indonesian president’s love of Heavy Metal is legendary. 

That’s exactly why Lars Løkke Rasmussen – the Danish Prime Minister – surprised Jokowi with Metallica’s acclaimed record Master of Puppets at the Bogor Palace on Tuesday. During the bilateral meeting, Jokowi gave Rasmussen a rencong (a traditional dagger from Aceh) in return.

Despite Jokowi saying, “Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my favourite [music],” you can tell in the photo that Jokowi considered it an “unusual souvenir”.


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According to Rasmussen’s own tweet, one of the volumes is signed by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who was born in Denmark.

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Master of Puppets itself was recorded in Copenhagen in 1985, two years after Metallica broke through the metal scene with their debut album Kill ‘Em All.


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Jokowi’s fame as a metal fan has earned him a reputation for being one of the coolest head’s of state in the world. Indeed, he may be the only leader of any country that could handle themselves in a moshpit!

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