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In Photos: Metallica @ London O2 Arena + setlist

September 16th, 2008

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Yes, Metallica played ‘Blackened’. It was their fourteenth great song of the night. Yes, it was a set highlight.

No, Metallica did not play ‘Enter Sandman. It didn’t really matter. They played ‘Blackened’.

Yes, they played the majority of Death Magnetic. Yes, they fitted into the set seamlessly.

Yes, Metallica are the greatest band in the world. FACT.

Metallica @ London O2 Arena setlist
‘That Was Just Your Life’
‘The End Of The Line’
‘The Thing That Should Not Be’
‘Of Wolf And Man’
‘One’
‘Broken, Beat And Scarred’
‘Cyanide’
‘Frantic’
‘Until It Sleeps’
‘Wherever I May Roam’
‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’
‘The Day That Never Comes’
‘Master Of Puppets’
‘Blackened’
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‘Stone Cold Crazy’
‘Jump In The Fire’
‘Seek and Destroy’

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Live: Radio 1 Presents… Metallica @ BBC Radio Theatre – 14 September 2008

September 15th, 2008

The day before Metallica play London O2 Arena, they performed a very special show for the BBC to just 300 people. Lifelong ‘Tallica fan, Tony Hampton was there to soak up the atmosphere.

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Ok, so everyone at this special BBC Radio 1 Presents… show should be off down the deed poll office to change their middle names to ‘lucky fucker’.

The atmosphere is incredible. Including fans, media types and the odd musician’ (Flea and Simon Neil among others) there arre just 300 people here to witness the mightiest of the mighty.

Metal legends Metallica.

As they hit the stage with an opening brace of newbies ‘That Was Just Your Life’ and ‘End of the Line’ its clear they band are relaxed and enjoying themselves, while remaining tight they’re obviously having fun.

Death Magnetic material sounds dynamic, fresh, heavy as hell and just like proper Metallica should.

A nice dip into the often overlooked Load, which did produce some good moments, era with ‘Until It Sleeps’ follows, ‘Broken, Beat and Scarred’ and ‘Cyanide’ – anyone who doesnt like that runaway Maiden-style riff has serious issues – and straight into ‘Frantic’ which is a brilliant and brutal song, live or otherwise, whatever people say about St Anger.

Watch the video to ‘The Day That Never Comes’ by Metallica

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, sublime, utterly sublime and into ‘Day That Never Comes’. What follows is the most memorable though as Hetfield messes up the intro to ‘Master Of Puppets’ and get a sound ribbing from both band and audience.

He laughs it off. And its truly heartwarming to see them enjoying this event so much. You see, Metallica really do care about their fans, always have and thats not changed now they can sell out the enormodomes of this world.

Some bands make people pay for meet and greets at shows, to pick up some pocket money. This will never be the Metallca way.

They finish with ‘Blackened’. Necks snap, grown men with huge beards openly weep. Tomorrow night they will tear the 02 a brand new A-hole in front of 18,000 people for the official launch party for Death Magnetic.

This really is a great time to be a Metallica fan.

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Metallica’s new album: the verdict

June 5th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com was yesterday treated to a preview of a selection of tracks from Metallica’s forthcoming new album. Henry Cutmore reports on their ninth studio effort.

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Shrouded in the type of secrecy normally reserved for military operations, we were lead into a darkened room and followed in by a man in black muttering something about Metalica having previously issues with “illegal downloading problems – you may have heard about it?”, and who then proceeded to play a number of songs to us at great volume.

Initial listenings suggest that it is a vast improvement on 2003 album St Anger, the making of which provided the subject for the band’s infamous documentary Some Kind Of Monster.

Watch a clip from Some Kind Of Monster

Informally described by the Metallica camp as “9 epics in one album”, the quartet’s new material has been produced by Rick Rubin as is currently at the mixing stage.

Though all the tracks are currently untitled we can confirm that most songs clock in at seven or eight minutes in length – including the lead single, which takes a more down-beat approach than most of the material on the album and has shades of their Grammy-winning epic 1990 breakthrough single ‘One’.

We can also report than it is unlikely Metallica fans will be disappointed with the new material, which contains arguably their most complex, multi-layered arrangements yet and sees a definite return to the bludgeoning, relentless galloping riffs of their Kill ‘Em All / Ride The Lightning era.

Watch the video to ‘One’ by Metallica

The drums sound a lot stronger this time too, while Rob Trujillo’s bass lines feature more prominently in the mix and there even touches of Eastern-tinged guitars. The ten songs that will comprise the finished album clock in at 75 minutes in length.

It is not known whether ‘performance enhancement coach’ Dr Phil Towle was involved in the making of this album.

We suspect not.

Metallica’s new album is scheduled for release in September.


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