Metallica make Roskilde their own

Originally not even on the line-up, the metal kings struck their claim for the best concert of the year

July 7th, 2013 10:47 am| by admin

July 6 at Roskilde Festival, Orange Stage


Playing their only concert in Europe this summer, Metallica pounded through a two-hour set that highlighted the strength of the band's thirty year career.


Opening with 'Blackened', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' and 'Disposable Heroes', it was clear that the band was there to deliver for both longtime die-hard fans and those who had just curiously come to see the monster. 


The band was clearly excited to be back at Roskilde after a ten-year absence and their energy belied their advanced years. The sound was pummeling and sublime and the performances generally tight. 


The selection of Load-era tracks 'Carpe Diem Baby' and 'I Disappear' slowed down the momentum a bit mid-set, but 'Sad But True' and 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)' instantly won fans back over and led to massive sing-alongs. By the time James Hetfield riffed and growled his way through the pyrotechnic-filled 'One', the night had been set off into a frenzy that was built upon by classic song after classic song, from thrash standard 'Battery' to crossover hit 'Nothing Else Matters'. 


At the end of the final encore track, 'Seek and Destroy', the band and audience seemed hesitant to let each other go and a prolonged love fest was highlighted by drummer Lars Ulrich telling his countrymen that he thought Metallica should play Roskilde more than every ten years. 


While it's too early to tell when they might be back, Metallica proved at Orange that no matter how many years pass, as long as the energy is still there, the metal legends can deliver in a way few other bands can. With their late surprise addition to the line-up and an inspired performance, Metallica reshaped the 2013 Roskilde Festival into their own image.  




For Whom the Bell Tolls

Disposable Heroes

Harvester of Sorrow

The Day That Never Was

Carpe Diem Baby

I Disappear

Sad But True

Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

The Call of Ktulu


Master of Puppets


Nothing Else Matters

Enter Sandman


Creeping Death

Seek and Destroy

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