Live Report and Photos: Metallica, Slayer, Soundgarden, Limp Bizkit, and more at Sonisphere, Madrid
Metallica always seem to find a way to keep their place atop the metal kingdom. With both the band’s spirit and that of fans raised after the throwback Death Magnetic release, James, Lars, Kirk, and Rob take a break from working on their follow-up to hit the road this summer and play their landmark “Black Album” in its entirety. The excitement is palpable.
One of the events where this takes place is Sonisphere Spain (held in Madrid) which sees Metallica sharing the bill with other great bands such as Soundgarden, the Offspring, Slayer, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Evanescence, and Machine Head. It is here that it becomes obvious why Metallica are the biggest metal band on the planet. While the others seem to feel fatigue (Machine Head) or sleep through their set (Limp Bizkit) or need a warming-up period (Soundgarden), the Four Horsemen put on an extraordinary show. (Admit it, their recent performances have been nothing special, at least here in Spain.) The band destroys the stage immaculately on songs such as “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “For Whom The Bells Tolls,” “Battery” (accelerated as always), “One,” and, indeed, that full review of the album that launched them to world domination. Listen again to “Wherever I May Roam,” “My Friend Of Misery,” or “The God That Failed.” Each produces indelible memories for an audience of more than 60,000 people filling the Getafe Open Air stadium.