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26th June 2012


Metallica's Orion Festival this weekend went down extremely well by all accounts. On Sunday night Metallica tore through the 1991 self-titled album, better known as 'The Black Album', and played it in reverse order, just like they did with 'Ride The Lightning' the night before.

There was some overlap with the set lists but Metallica switched things up to leave even the most hardcore fans satisfied. From 'Fuel' to 'The Shortest Straw' to 'Blackened', their catalog is enough for Orion to have lasted for days on end.

You can see a video of the complete performance Day One performance below.

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Besides Metallica's epic set on day two, Sunday brought with it several other highlights. Avenged Sevenfold put on an explosive show on the Fuel stage, packed full of ear-piercing rock and molten hot pyro. Denmark's Volbeat played to a packed audience on the same stage earlier in the day and took new fans by surprise when they ripped into a cover of Johnny Cash's 'Sad Man's Tongue'. Throw in sets from groups like Sepultura, Charred Walls of the Damned and the Black Dahlia Murder, and day two of Orion proved to be chock full of Metal.

Metal fans were also exposed to a whole new world of music. Most hard rock concert goers would never take the time to see country artist Eric Church or alternative rockers the Gaslight Anthem. But that was why Metallica created Orion, to give fans a full experience of and peek into their vast array of eclectic musical tastes.

Aside from the variety of musical genres represented at Orion, the greatest thing about the festival is that Metallica was fully invested in it. They didn't show up to their performance ten minutes before in a limo. They spent both days immersed in Orion, from bassist Robert Trujillo skating on the half-pipe to drummer Lars Ulrich watching movies with fans to guitarist Kirk Hammet surfing on the beach. This was their festival and they weren't going to miss a second.

The question was asked at the press conference on Friday: Will Orion hit the road? Is Orion a one-time thing? James Hetfield addressed the issue at the end of Metallica's set Sunday night: "We hope we get to do it again," he told the crowd. "It's been beautiful. You fans are amazing, the best fans in the world. You should be proud."

Metallica's 'Black' Orion Set List June 24, 2012:

Hit The Lights
Master Of Puppets
For Whom The Bell Tolls
The Shortest Straw
The Struggle Within
My Friend Of Misery
The God That Failed
Of Wolf And Man
Nothing Else Matters
Through The Never
Don't Tread On Me
Wherever I May Roam
The Unforgiven
Holier Than Thou
Lars Ulrich Drum Solo
Sad But True
Robert Trujillo Bass Solo
Enter Sandman

Seek And Destroy (dedicated to Metallica's fans and the late bassist Cliff Burton)


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