When Fuse ventured to Atlantic City to witness the power and the glory of Metallica's Orion Fest, we asked the other bands on the weekend's lineup which live-album performance they were more excited for: Metallica playing 'The Black Album' or (for the first time ever) the entirety of Ride the Lightning. Here's what they had to say.
Red Fang: "Definitely Ride the Lightning: That was a pivotal moment in metal that changed the game for a lot of people."
Cage the Elephant: "I love 'The Black Album.' Everybody gave them a hard time for it but I love it."
Eric Church: "My playing here is secondary. I'm just here to see 'The Black Album.' Seriously.
Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir: "I'm going to say Ride the Lightning but someone is going to say that just shows my age."
Titus Andronicus: "A lot of hits on 'The Black Album.' I was alive when 'The Black Album' came out, so I'm pretty pumped."
And to see all of the above artists (plus The Gaslight Anthem, Baroness, The Black Dahlia Murder and Black Tusk) and talk about their indefatigable love for Metallica and the honor of being hand-picked by the band for Orion Fest, watch the video below. As Black Dahlia Murder put it, "It doesn't get bigger than Metallica reaching down from the clouds and going, 'Hey little man, come play our fest.'"