If you’re thinking of knocking the metal cred of any new Metallica fan who just discovered “Master of Puppets” through Stranger Things, maybe think again.

In the comments of a TikTok video celebrating the ’80s thrash classic’s inclusion in the season four finale of the Netflix sci-fi series, Metallica declares, “FYI — EVERYONE is welcome in the Metallica Family.”

“Whether you’ve been a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, we all share a bond through music,” the metal legends add.

The post also notes that everyone who may now be a longtime Metallica fan was once a new Metallica fan.

“All of you started at ground zero at one point in time,” Metallica writes.

Many others in the comments applauded Metallica’s stance, with one writing, “Protecting the newcomers from the gatekeepers. A new generation of Metallica fans [has] been born.”

“Master of Puppets” soundtracks a significant scene in the Stranger Things 4 finale involving the Dungeons and Dragons-loving character Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn. In a statement following the episode’s premiere, Metallica wrote that they felt “beyond psyched” about the song’s inclusion.

“We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away,” the band said.

Meanwhile, bassist Robert Trujillo revealed that his son, Tye, provided guitar tracks for the “Master of Puppets” performance.

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