Sonisphere Reviews: Metallica
Sunday night’s headliners kick all kinds of ass at Knebworth!
Opening with ‘Blackened’, ‘Creeping Death’, ‘Fuel’, ‘Of Wolf and Man’ and ‘Fade to Black’, Metallica hit the ground running in a set that just doesn’t let up from the get-go. To not beat around the bush too much, Metallica have hit our shores quite a few times over the course of the past year (indeed, your reviewer has seen them 5 times since last year’s headline performance at Reading) and for the guys to still be able to make standards like ‘Sad But True’ and ‘One’ sound crushingly heavy and massively engaging deserves a certain amount of kudos.
The highlight of Metallica’s set comes when the band drop ‘Dyer’s Eve’ from ‘…And Justice For All’ for the very first time on UK soil. Played at an unrelenting pace, arguably the heaviest of all Metallica tracks was nothing short of astounding. If you ever fancy dropping it into the set on future visits, we certainly won’t complain guys!
A special mention has to go to Kirk Hammett too. If there was a man of the match award for Sonisphere, he’d definitely pick it up for an absolutely flawless display.
Paying homage to former Knebworth legends Queen in the shape of ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ and finishing on a ‘Kill ‘Em All’ one-two of ‘Hit The Lights’ and ‘Seek And Destroy’, Sonisphere ends on the biggest band possible.
Same time next year? You betcha!