WASHINGTON, DC—MTV’s Rock the Vote campaign has propelled the heavy metal group Metallica to a U.S. Senate seat. “Millions of kids rocked the vote,” MTV spokesperson Al Teaderman said. “They voted. And voted hard.” Metallica, whose new release Load is the number one album in the U.S., supports a balanced budget, welfare reform and maintaining strong relations with Pantera. “Pantera is a powerful ally,” Metallica spokesperson Lars Ulrich said of the rival metal superpower. “Together we can rock many critical legislative sessions.” The newly elected Metallica replaces retiring Senator Eugene Hatcher (R-OR).