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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Metallica - Cyanide

After a half-hour of set-up, Metallica took the stage and made everyone forget that any other bands ever existed. Opening with "Creeping Death", and following with about 4-5 old rarely-played songs off their first albums, the band absolutely rocked Pizza Hut Park. After a titanic version of "For Whom the Bell Tolls', they played two songs I never expected them to play: the thunderous "Harvester of Sorrow" and the neck-snapping "Sanitarium."
After 'Sanitarium', Metallica played their only disappointing song of the entire night, a cut off their new album Death Magnetic called 'Cyanide.' For metal fans who hated St. Anger, I've got some bad news: 'Cyanide' suffered from all the same problems as the disappointing last album: poor songwriting, low energy, choppy arrangement, and guitarwork that doesn't quite fit what the rest of the band is doing. While the song had some great riffs, it seemed they were almost immediately snuffed out by some too-complex drum bit or ill-timed tinny guitar solo. While I'm emotionally bound to buy the album anyways --after all, it does say 'Metallica' in big letters across the cover-- after hearing 'Cyanide', I'm a little worried.
The new song seemed to subdue the crowd as well, but Metallica jumped back into the fire with 'And Justice for All' and an old favorite, 'No Remorse.' In fact, the first ten or so songs on the setlist were strictly from And Justice For All or earlier --they even played "Damage, Inc."!-- and it wasn't until Hetfield played the sappy-but-powerful love song 'Nothing Else Matters' that the band played anything from the Black Album (they would later do amazing versions of 'Sad But True' and 'Enter Sandman').
Metallica brought the house down, however, with 'One'. Introduced by a long series of fireworks and impressive pyrotechnics, the band absolutely rocked with their signature ballad to landmine-based tragedy. Although it was difficult to hear Hammet's guitar solo (for some reason, huge banners were hung directly over the speakers, and occasionally large gusts of wind would cover the sound), the sight of tens of thousands of potential James Hetfields destroying their vocal chords was amazing.
After a quick break, the band came out for its encore with none other than legendary metal falsetto King Diamond. Playing Mercyful Fate covers, the band took second banana to King Diamond's soaring vocals and awesomely creepy facepaint. It was actually something of a surprise to find out that King Diamond actually lived just minutes away from Frisco. Concerned Parents Against Satan's Frisco chapter might want to look into that.
The band finished its set with an inspired version of 'Seek and Destroy', before giving props to all the bands, fans, and crew that made the event possible. Despite starting a half-hour late, Metallica played for well over an hour after their planned timeslot, with the band staying onstage and thanking the fans well past 12:30am. Despite the tremendous amount of pain in by neck vertebrae and vocal chords, Ozzy and Metallica (playing their first-ever Ozzfest, surprisingly enough) combined to rock DFW like it hasn't been rocked in a very long time.

Creeping Death
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ride The Lightning
Harvester Of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
...And Justice For All
No Remorse
Metallica - 2008-08-09 - Ozzfest, Dallas, TxFade To Black
Master Of Puppets
Damage Inc.
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Enter Sandman
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Mercyful Fate (w/ King Diamond on vocals)
Seek And Destroy
LOCATION / VENUEDallas, TXDATEAugust 9, 2008

*This was the first Ozzfest that Metallica has taken part of. As you all know, Ozzy gave Metallica their first big break by having them as the opening act on his tour for The Ultimate Sin in 1986. *This was the first time in 19 years that …And Justice for All was played in Dallas. The last time it was played was on February 5, 1989 at Reunion Arena.*This was the first time that a track off DEATH MAGNETIC was played. The song was called Cyanide. *King Diamond sang the Mercyful Fate medley with Metallica! This was the seventh time that the Mercyful Fate medley was performed. The last time it was played was on June 5, 1999 in Milan, Italy which also featured King Diamond on vocals as well as Hank Shermann on guitar, both from Mercyful Fate.

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