Metallica perform The Black Album in its entirety at Louder Than Life festival

James Hetfield of Metallica
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Metallica returned to performing for large crowds over the weekend for the first time since the start of the pandemic, with not one but two sets at Kentucky’s Louder Than Life music festival.

For their first show on Friday (September 24), the thrash heroes served up a 16-track set with picks from across their sprawling catalog. Opening with Whiplash, Hetfield and co tore through the likes of Harvester of Sorrow, The Memory Remains, Master of Puppets, before concluding with an encore of Battery, Fuel and Seek & Destroy.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.