Concert examination and photos: Metallica smolders during SunTrust Park show

July 10, 2017 - photo frame

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

Two songs into their set Sunday night, Metallica had a summary to share.

Brawny singer/guitarist James Hetfield stepped adult to one of a several microphones erected opposite a large theatre and said, “All are welcome. We don’t give a s*** where you’re from, who we opinion for, or what we eat…we are here to applaud life, to applaud live music.”

It was an revelation Metallica adhered to for a subsequent integrate of hours during SunTrust Park as a rope delivered a musically punishing, visually overwhelming unison that will leave 39,000-plus sets of ears toll for many of a week.

Although a party – Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo – are all in a early 50s, they proceed their scarcely 35-year-old catalog with a muscularity of musicians with distant reduction wear on their bodies.

Ulrich, his ball top incited backward, pumped his fists toward a throng when not busily superb cymbals during “Atlas, Rise!,” one of 5 songs Metallica unleashed from their stream album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.”

James Hetfield bellows “For Whom a Bell Tolls.” Photo: Robb Cohen Photography Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Although a rope was lilliputian by a huge stage, a 5 video panels that folded out like a design support supposing withering close-ups of a rope during work: Hammett’s nail-polished fingers zipping opposite a strings of his customized guitars emblazoned with White Zombie and The Mummy artwork; Hetfield’s tonsils as his voice incited into a cry on “Sad But True”; Trujillo’s counsel position as he delivered an effects-laden drum solo; and Ulrich, creation those nifty drum fills and double drum drum attack demeanour so easy.

The rope hopscotched by a low-pitched inventory, revisiting 1984 with “Creeping Death,” “Fade to Black” and “For Whom a Bell Tolls,” a cruncher anchored by Trujillo’s drum as he and Hammett chased any other opposite a theatre like a integrate of matadors in a low-pitched longhorn fight.

Hammett and Hetfield share a moment. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Their beast self-titled 1991 manuscript (aka “The Black Album”) also perceived a deserved spotlight with selections including “Wherever we May Roam,” almighty crowd-pleasers “Nothing Else Matters” and “Enter Sandman” and a relations still of “The Unforgiven.”

That strain epitomizes a longevity of this rope since Metallica was not built on intensity alone. The vivid strains of “The Unforgiven” underscore their inventiveness with a melody; Hetfield’s voice even strike some flattering records on “Now That We’re Dead.”

But, of course, a volume is what creates Metallica one of a many worshiped tough stone bands in strain story and they unequivocally didn’t defect anyone seeking a holy combustion of steel awesomeness.

Fire raced opposite a lane on a theatre as Hammett separate a nasty riff on “Moth Into Flame,” a strain with a slit that affectionately recalls ‘80s-era Sunset Strip sleaze, while a center of “Now That We’re Dead” featured a party in a semi-circle onstage, all pulsation hulk drums (a bit sloppily, deliberation they’ve been doing this bit for months).

The pyro that accompanied “Creeping Death” literally sizzled as it erupted, though a undeniable low-pitched and visible prominence of a set centered on “One.” Lasers and peep pots ushered in a 1988 classical as scary video of murky soldiers rolled opposite a video screens. Hammett’s guitar rang clearly by a lane as a strain wound to a consummate of appurtenance gun drumming, with white lights flashing and skeletons dancing on screen.

Avenged Sevenfold thespian M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Even if Metallica’s code of fiery stone isn’t your thing, it’s unfit not to be tender by their extensive technical precision. These guys clearly aren’t formulation to tiptoe into retirement any time soon, so because not hang on for a ride?

Sharing a check on this leg of a “WorldWired” tour, that is slated to camber a creation into 2018, are California’s Avenged Sevenfold and Danish party Volbeat.

A7X arrived onstage to a locomotive double drum pitter-patter of Brooks Wackerman and fleet-fingered riffing of guitarist Synyster Gates as a rope detonate into a pretension lane of their 2016 album, “The Stage.”

While it was scarcely unfit to hear thespian M. Shadows over a low-pitched thrashing behind him during “Afterlife,” a brew privileged for “Hail to a King,” that he dedicated to a Atlanta Braves.

A continual theatre stalker who finished good use of a sprawling space, Shadows unleashed copiousness of sepulchral yells as a rope raged behind him on songs including “Almost Easy” and “Bat Country.”

Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography Video /RobbsPhotos.com

These guys are headliners in their possess right – evidenced by a scarcely full lane during their opening – though what rope would pass adult a eventuality to open for Metallica?

Volbeat also offering a strong set of symphonic steel featuring serrated guitars on songs “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and “Seal a Deal.”

Frontman Michael Poulsen is a accessible man who chatted frequently with fans and voiced his thankfulness toward Metallica. The rope rewarded early arrivers with tasty renditions of “Sad Man’s Tongue” (including an considerable dash of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”) and “Still Counting.”

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BlawgDawg

BlawgDawg

5pts

we doubt that any/many attendees of a Billy Joel unison during SunTrust Park also attended this show, but, we am extraordinary to know how a sound was during Metallica.  Melissa, maybe we can comment.  Billy Joel was an slaughter from an audio standpoint.

Scott Moss

Scott Moss

5pts

@BlawgDawg it was scarcely perfect. Metallica and Volbeat’s brew was unequivocally good. Clear vocals, transparent guitar and lots of drums. A7X brew was terrible. You could hear lots of drums and roughly no vocals solely when a lead thespian pronounced F**k.

atlanta spirit

atlanta spirit

5pts

@BlawgDawg we gathering by a lane and could not trust how shrill a strain was.  I famous it as Metallica immediately and can’t suppose a sound in a stadium.  Sounded good even out side.

Reg Ecks

Reg Ecks

5pts

I didn’t go to this unison though we had a hapless occurrence of visiting an out-of-town crony during a Doubletree Hotel subsequent to a lane during a show. It was pandemonium. It is truly ashamed what they’ve finished to that area and a apparent that a area is woefully confused to hoop this venue.

Madasshatter

Madasshatter

5pts

@Reg Ecks Traffic removing in was minimal, throng control was superb and a venue is a good further to what was formerly new space. This was a twice a year vital unison with a high-profile headliner, it competence be a good thought in a destiny to check a lane report in advance.

atlanta spirit

atlanta spirit

5pts

@Reg Ecks That is a fraudulent criticism or your 80 years aged and came from a retirement home.  I gathering totally around a lane usually to demeanour and hear a sound and trade was relocating intensely well.  Actually, we could not trust how good it was moving.

UGA52(it's one better)

UGA52(it’s one better)

5pts

@Reg Ecks my theory is that, not usually did we not attend this concert, though we also haven’t attended a braves diversion or visited a battery.  Therefore, we unequivocally have no thought what you’re holding about.  

Mbrown325

Mbrown325

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@Reg Ecks As someone who indeed attended a concert, we could not remonstrate with we more!  Suntrurst lane and a battery are overwhelming additions to this area and trade and throng control were rubbed awesomely! Based on your comment, we should substantially usually stay during home.

0.777150811254

0.777150811254

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@Mbrown325 @Reg Ecks we don’t know where this man was, though we was trapped on Battery Road for roughly dual hours after a uncover to go a half mile to a opening to I-285.   Instead of a military holding control of that intersection and pulling cars through, they left it to a normal trade light method to get cars out.  Complete pledge hour adult in Cobb Co. and I’ll never go to another eventuality there, we don’t caring who is playing.  Concert was good though; maybe subsequent time they’ll come to a Mercedes Stadium downtown.