Posted in metal | music | pictures on June 26, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin , words by Andrew Sacher

Metallica / A Place to Bury Strangers at Orion Music Fest 6/24/2012
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Day 2 (6/24) of Orion Fest kicked off with sets by two different, but both very dark Brooklyn bands: Liturgy in the Frantic tent and A Place to Bury Strangers (whose new album, Worship, is out this week) on the Fuel stage. Unfortunately, I showed up a bit too late for Liturgy, but I was able to catch the tail end of APTBS' set, which saw Oliver Ackermann turning his monitors to face the audience and putting his vocal mic up to his guitar amp, creating even more noise than the trio already make. You can catch APTBS in their hometown on 7/27 at MHOW with Hunters.

Ghost
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Then I headed over to the Orion stage for Sweden's Ghost, who were introduced by James Hetfield (who is openly a huge fan). James intro-ed the band saying, "It's never too early for scary," and despite the bright sun shining over their stage, he was right. The band, who always come decked out in white ghoul cloaks with singer Papa Emeritus in face paint, crown, and black cloak, were creepy as ever. Papa Emeritus lead the band with demonic priestlike conduction as he bellowed the vocals to a number of songs off their 2010 LP, Opus Eponymous. The only time he wasn't in the spotlight is when the band took an instrumental break and he stood in the back of the stage, hands pressed together and remaining completely still.

I left about halfway through Ghost for the second half of The Black Angels, who were playing the Frantic tent. They supplied a huge dose of droning psychedelia, and though singer Christian Bland's vocals are often delivered stoically, he's quite charismatic on stage. During their last song, which saw bassist (and Elephant Stone frontman) Rishi Dhir switch over to sitar, they went into an extended jam which eventually saw Rishi playing the sitar riff of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" (which the Black Angels recorded an exclusive performance of at Coachella) and was soon joined by the rest of the band who covered about half of the song. Slowly, the band exited the stage until only Rishi was left, sending waves of sitar over the head-nodding audience.

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Around 4 PM, Best Coast began their set at the Orion stage. Diplo was probably wondering what the faces of Metallica fans would look like during Liturgy's set, though I was also pretty curious about what they'd look like for Best Coast, who played the same stage Metallica would later headline with many anxious fanatics already claiming their front row spots. I think I did actually see one guy sleeping (or maybe he was just really zoning out to the music?), but overall they actually got a pretty great reaction from the people who gathered to see them. The new album, The Only Place (which came out last month), is lacking compared to their debut (it's not bad, just too much of the same), but this was definitely the best I've ever seen Best Coast -- no doubt due to their decision to finally add a bassist. When mixed into a setlist, some of the new songs, like "Why I Cry," actually proved themselves to be standouts, and the songs from her debut sounded great as well. In response to a fan request, they played "When I'm With You" earlier than planned, and before going into it, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino promised a Fleetwood Mac cover too. That cover presumably would have been "Rhiannon," which the band are contributing to the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute LP, and premiered on NPR this morning... but they never got around to it.

Next band on my schedule was Titus Andronicus, who were playing the Frantic tent. Before they began, I heard a crowd member ask someone, "So are these guys metal, or is it regular music?" A few minutes later, they fired up their set of regular music, riling up everyone in the tent. The crowd was pretty small -- everyone else was waiting for Metallica or watching Avenged Sevenfold -- but the people who were there were loving it, singing along, pumping their fists, and starting push pits. When the band began fan favorite, "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future," the crowd's singing was overpowering frontman Patrick Stickles and if anyone wasn't taking part, they joined in on the ending's repeated "you will always be a loser!"

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When Metallica took the stage a bit before 8:30, they started their set exactly the same as the night before. Everything including AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" playing through the PA directly before the band walked out, the "Ecstasy of Gold" strings with accompanying video clip, followed by "Hit the Lights" and "Master of Puppets," was there, just like it had been the night before. I realize that Metallica have a routine for their shows, but at a festival where much of the crowd had shown up for both nights, it would have been an appropriate time to throw a few curveballs into the set. The only pre-Black Album songs included in Sunday's setlist that wasn't in Saturday's were ...And Justice for All's "Blackened" and "The Shortest Straw," which were great but it would've been nice to hear more/different tracks from Master of Puppets or Kill 'Em All.

That said, I had already been going into Black Album night with less anticipation than I had for the performance of their 1984 colossus Ride the Lightning the night before, and they did deliver well. The bigger Black Album tracks like "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," and "Nothing Else Matters" were still tons of fun and the crowd goes nuts for them. One of the biggest highlights was "Through the Never," which of all the Black Album tracks is most similar to their thrash roots. Regardless of your thoughts on the album's material though, they performed it flawlessly and was a welcome dip into Black Album's deeper cuts that are less likely to see the light of day at other Metallica shows.

Pictures and review of Day 1 are HERE. More pics from Day 2 below...

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Comments (47)

Billyburgers! What time does LCD Press Play?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 7:26 PM

Hummus Eaters! What time do you dip the pita?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:10 PM

When does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:20 PM

Is Frohawk planning on attending? I think I might have seen him by the hummus stand...

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:21 PM

Kirks crypt was actually a lot better than I expected good to see them getting some love

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:30 PM

Fake Ghost

Hettfield in flipflops

Assorted sausags

and one fat chinaman

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:35 PM

OHHH How Metallica has FALLEN!!!

WHITE ZOMBIE SOLDOUT!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 8:54 PM

I hear you 8:35. Sausags are such a drag.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 9:00 PM

You got some incredible pictures! I really wish I was there...

Posted by Mike | June 26, 2012 9:46 PM

those japanese people were pearl harbored into seeing fake ghost.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:53 PM

really like the picture and it was be greatfull concert if it could be held in my ciountry

Posted by Wooden Handicrafts | June 27, 2012 12:34 AM

"which the Black Angels recorded an exclusive performance of at Coachella"

WTF does that even mean? What's "exclusive" about it? For whom did they record it? Available where? On YouTube?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 1:16 AM

Were we at the same show?

Your description of Best Coast:

"But overall they actually got a pretty great reaction from the people who gathered to see them. This was definitely the best I've ever seen Best Coast -- no doubt due to their decision to finally add a bassist. In response to a fan request, they played "When I'm With You" earlier than planned, and before going into it, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino promised a Fleetwood Mac cover too. That cover presumably would have been "Rhiannon," which the band are contributing to the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute LP, and premiered on NPR this morning... but they never got around to it."

Yeah... Because they bombed. The set was doomed. Metallica fans didn't give a shit. You seriously are telling me they go a "great reaction". Have you ever been to a Best Coast show, ever?

Bethany was up there squirming, and very noticeably flustered, looking for something, anything to make this set worthwhile, and she ended up leaving 15 minutes early.

Her jokes fell completely flat with this metal audience and there was nothing anyone could do about it, especially since all of the fans who were there were certainly not VIP.

Again, were we at the same set?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:16 AM

ha yeah your reviewer is on crack. Best Coast bombed....

http://www.hipsterrunoff.com/altreport/2012/06/sad-video-best-coast-plays-empty-unenthused-audience-metallicas-music-festival.html

"they actually got a pretty great reaction from the people who gathered to see them."

um no

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:34 AM

no thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:59 AM

i love is Ghost!

Posted by Acompanhantes | June 27, 2012 8:34 AM

I hate myself for even considering going to this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 9:08 AM

Thanks for the pics and the reviews. The explanation as to why Metallica did not change up the start of the show for the second night is likely because they were filming the thing. I think they're planning to issue some sort of concert film. In that case, having two cracks at the opening minutes of the show probably makes a little more sense - if one sucks, you can use the other. I figured that's why Hetfield even went so far as to say the same thing each night RE: how great it is to be making music with his "buddy" Lars for 30 years.

Posted by lp | June 27, 2012 9:34 AM

for whatever reason, best coast can do no wrong on this blog.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 11:18 AM

some sweet patches on that jacket

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 12:01 PM

Best Coast was way out of their element -- I think they should have appeared on one of the smaller stages.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 12:07 PM

Nice pictures, but....where is Titus Andronicus?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 12:09 PM

Ghost warms my heart.

Posted by Burg | June 27, 2012 12:30 PM

12:09 you want to see pictures of that beta male?

and people it's Fake Ghost.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 12:40 PM

Space Ghost Coast to Coast > Fake Ghost Best Coast

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 12:46 PM

Rye Toast > NY Post > Best Coast > Fake Ghost

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 12:55 PM

Polio.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 1:03 PM

Not a single black person in the audience.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 2:32 PM

I wonder who James bought that vest from?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 3:13 PM

2:32...Thank God!

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 5:03 PM

people of the world were thier

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 5:40 PM

So the Ku Klux Klan were there?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2012 11:15 PM

Grape soda was not avail at the concession stand.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 12:44 AM

wow. It's actually, finally got to the Woint where I just feel sorry for best coast.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 12:56 AM

"the people who were there were loving it, singing along, pumping their firsts, and starting push pits." wtf is a push pit? who wrote this shit

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2012 11:51 AM

OMG..!! I love them all..

Posted by FinalDown | June 29, 2012 6:24 PM

Landmine Marathon singer kinda cute!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2012 2:16 PM

I hope someone got raped.

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2012 3:15 AM

lol niggaz wearin flip flops

Posted by crypt | July 7, 2012 12:08 AM

would smash repeatedly and leave drenched like the ___ she is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2012 1:52 PM

Actually going to the Orion Music Festival it was a lifetime experience. It was awesome, I do wish Metallica played a few different songs rather than some from the black album the first night but they knew what they were doing. Ghost was awesome, so was Torche and letlive. And as to the comment not a single black person it the crowd is completly wrong they were alot of different people there !!

Posted by sean rousset | July 9, 2012 11:39 AM

Not a single black person in the audience.
OMG..!! I love them all.. Great post!!

Posted by Acompanhantes | August 24, 2012 2:32 PM

Excellent, very exciting! Congratulations for the quality of posts! Keep it up! thank you

Posted by sexshop | January 30, 2013 1:23 PM

I love this band! I'd love to go on a show, sorry that came here where I live when I could not go, I'm in São Paulo in Brazil, but now I'm ready

Posted by Manutenção Automotiva | April 4, 2013 8:06 PM

great bands here.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 12:59 PM

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