METALLICA surprised fans at Orion Music + More on June 8 by playing its 1983 debut disc “Kill ‘Em All” from beginning to end on a smaller stage at the event. METALLICA was officially announced to play a headlining set on June 9 to close out the festival, but hit the stage at 4:30 p.m. one day earlier for a 10-song set that started with “Hit The Lights” and finished out with “Metal Militia”.
The afternoon slot was officially taken by an “act” called DEHAAN — which METALLICA fans may have recognized as the name of actor Dane DeHaan, who is starring in the band’s upcoming 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”. Another hint was dropped when METALLICAfrontman James Hetfield posted a message on Instagram which read, “Don’t miss Dehaan! #MUYA #mff #UwillRegretMissingThem #IfUdoUmightKillEmAll #winkWink #getIt?”
Hetfield came onstage first to introduce “DEHAAN,” after which the rest of the members of METALLICA came out and began playing.
Official Metallica TV footage of the pre-show rehearsal in the “tuning room”, as well as the actual DEHAAN performance, can be seen below.
“Jump In The Fire” in tuning room (starting at 0:05) “Hit The Lights” from the show (starting at 3:31) “Phantom Lord” from the show (starting at 7:55)
Next month is the 30th anniversary of the release of “Kill ‘Em All”, which was issued on July 25, 1983.
At last year’s Orion festival, METALLICA played both 1991’s self-titled “black album” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning” in their entirety on separate nights.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio recently that the band didn’t necessarily want to do the same thing each year with a different record. “Obviously, it’s something that’s a lot of fun to do, but you’ve got to just walk a fine line because you don’t — obviously, METALLICA‘s not interested in being, you know, a nostalgia act only. So we want to just find that right line.”
Other acts performing at the second annual Orion Music + More festival this past weekend included the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, RISE AGAINST, DEFTONES, THE SILVERSUN PICKUPS, BASSNECTAR, GOGOL BORDELLO, FOALS, TOMAHAWK, THE JOY FORMIDABLE, THE BRONX and DROPKICK MURPHYS.
Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED are finally back in the spotlight after almost a year without public activity and restructuring behind closed doors, following a major switch of lineups around fall of 2012. But the time has finally come to break the silence and announce the return of THE HAUNTED to form…
THE HAUNTED’s 2013 lineup (from left to right in photo below):
* Patrik Jensen – Guitar
* Ola Englund (SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED) – Guitar
* Marco Aro (THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) – Vocals
* Jonas Björler – Bass
New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL have pushed back the projected release date of their new album to July from the previously announced March. As a result, the band has postponed all shows originally scheduled for March (except for the U.K. dates) to the fall.
Said OVERKILL in a statement: “We are still working on the new record, but this is gonna be worth the wait, with more old-school, face-melting thrash!”
OVERKILL’s new CD will be released in North America via eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
Speaking to Steppin’ Out magazine, OVERKILL vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth stated about the band’s upcoming album: “The new record has a blend of what we’ve done over the past half decade. I’m noticing it’s a more punchy heavy metal record with more dimension than the last record had. Where is it going to end up on the food chain? I really don’t know. But my feeling is it’s an eclectic collection of moments from us. ‘The Electric Age’ came across, to me, as kind of a two-dimensional thrash record. This one is punchy but has a whole different bunch of ways to go and things to hear on it.”
OVERKILL released a very special limited tour edition of its latest album, “The Electric Age”, in Europe on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The limited 2CD tour edition included the regular album as well as a four additional live tracks on a bonus CD, recorded at The Metro in Sidney, Australia on September 25, 2010.
“The Electric Age” sold 6,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 77 on The Billboard 200 chart.