James Hetfield
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Gods of thrash Metallica closed the Orion Fest in Atlantic City on Sunday with a blistering rendition of the band’s legendary “Black Album” in its entirety.

The 1991 opus still holds a very special place in the hearts of metal fans, and the number of Metallica music t-shirts on display in the crowd – some of them bearing the image of the album itself – was testament to that. The “Black Album”, more accurately entitled Metallica, has sold over 15.7 million copies since its release.

Metallica’s live performance of the album inverted the track listing, in order to place such enduring hits as Enter Sandman and Sad But True at the end of the set, with frontman James Hetfield bantering with the crowd and delivering his trademark “Metallica gives you heavy, baby!” rap before the latter.

The other headliners at the New Jersey festival were fellow hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold, who played the opposite stage in a blizzard of fireworks and pyrotechnics. Their set opened with the band’s 2010 album’s title track Nightmare, which went down a storm with their fans.

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