Tourname: Madly In Anger With The World Tour 2004
Special guest: Slipknot & Lost Prophets
City: Gothenburg, Sweden
Date: 30 May 2004
Metallica setlength: 135 min.
Take nine angry guys from Iowa and put them in clown masks, add noisy
aggressive metal and you get Slipknot. They might be seen as nu-metal
even though I think that they have more in their music than simply the
nu, not least when it come to playing live. It gets effect full with nine
aggressive and energetic clowns with two additional percussionists besides
their drummer, that is something that intensifies their music and looks
really great live with furious bashing with baseball-bats on metallic
beer -kegs and in Corey Taylor they also got a good vocalist that can
sing just as good as he can scream.
The concert with Slipknot went along really well although it never reached
to any astonishing heights until the great ending before the encore, with
the songs : Spit It Out, Heretic Anthem and the ever so great Wait And
Bleed and Slipknot got a surprisingly big part of the crowd going. On
the downside was the sound, with nine guys producing various sounds on
stage there is lots to be heard in the speakers, unfortunately that got
lost and it was more of a mess of sounds as the instruments got drowned
in each other and it was hard at times to separate the melodies. Even
though they left out good songs such as My Plague and Left Behind it was
really great to see them and I will probably do it again if the chance
appears, although they are very far from what should be entering the stage
just a little later; Metallica.
The wave rolled among the enthusiastic crowd at the packed Ullevi as
we waited for Metallica to enter the stage. The concert sold out in just
a matter of a few hours when the tickets went on sale and 56000 people
were eagerly waiting for the legendary band. When the classic Metallica
intro Ecstasy Of Gold (from the movie The Good, The Bad, The Ugly) went
on in the speakers a warm feeling spread in my body, and then it finally
started. Blackened was the first track out and so far it was everything
you could wish for, and as it went on with Fuel it continued in a great
Biggest moment of the evening was One, it is mighty as hell and with
explosions that blasted and that must have been heard throughout the entire
Gothenburg and searchlights were sweeping the stage as fireworks lit up
the night. Some things didn't clutch at a hundred percent but the might
of that track is remarkable, the explosion that follows the word landmine
in the lyrics was a little out of synch but it still was a big bang and
nothing could stop this song from being the best one this evening.
Metallica made a solid performance and from what I could tell the guys
seemed to really like the reception they got from the Gothenburg crowd,
and so far most people seemed to be pretty satisfied with what they were
getting at this point. Although there were some misses in their performances
it was a concert which I want to remember, St. Anger got out of pace when
Lars was drumming too fast and Creeping Death also got carried away with
too much of speed. And there were more misses when they played out of
tune and didn't act as the tight band that they are capable of, but on
the other hand it shouldn't be perfect live.
Although they have a new album that they are very proud of they only
chose to play two songs of that one, I guess they know what their fans
likes the most, and it is the older stuff. First from the new album was
Frantic and that one just doesnt cut it live, although St. Anger proves
to be somewhat of a good live track and I believe that will be the only
track from the St. Anger album that they will stick with live on further
tours. I Disappear and Fuel is together with the other two the only tracks
from the last thirteen years that they brings out live, so it mostly from
the older and in my belief the better album most of the concert is picked.
As always you could complain about the selection of songs, but I Disappear
doesnt work for me, a good song but it simple doesnt work live.
The first encore started with Wherever I May Roam and Nothing Else Matters,
and in my opinion the concert lost flow at that time, the tempo was slowing
down and it lost its nerve. I guess my belief doesnt match the general
opinion since the response toward the ballad was overwhelming from the
crowd, thousand of lighters shined and people were singing along, yes
it was a mighty sight but it slowed down the concert too much. Otherwise
I cannot really complain, half of the Master Of Puppets album was delivered
but I missed one of those fast aggressive in your face kind of songs,
where was Motorbreath or Whiplash?, Dyers Eve or Damage Inc. could also
have done it. But they have a bunch of tracks to chose from and they cant
satisfy everyone, that is something you just have to accept and instead
be grateful with the other great songs and moments Metallica created.
It really was great but I expected more, a band like Metallica does not
need a stage-show since their music is enough for a pleasant evening,
although there was something missing this night, I simply wanted more,
the energy was great but it never really lifted to those heights my high
expectations was set for. Something more on stage could have been the
ingredient that could have don't this show a really great killer concert,
now it wasn't more than just really great but no killer.
The new guy Rob Trujillo has high energy and his special way of moving
around on stage, and in my belief he really fits perfectly in Metallica.
And the only time when I missed Jason was in Creeping Death, that track
didn't become as great as it can be, it seemed to be delivered on routine
rather than on enthusiastic energy, Creeping Death needs Jason furiously
screaming die repeated times in the mighty break of the song. Also Seek
And Destroy seemed to be stuck on routine, in those two at least I want
more of them and longer versions, Seek should be endlessly long with much
more audience participation led by James.
It was easy to separate the older fans from the newer ones, not least
with Leper Messiah that Metallica performed for the first time in Sweden.
The tracks from The Black Album and those released as singles got more
cheering from the younger ones while it was more the older fans that sang
along in the older tracks and shouted along at the right places as they
always have done. Even though I might have sounding negative at times
in my report it really was great, a sold out stadium and an enthusiastic
crowd and a Metallica that was high on spirit and what it seemed overwhelmed
by the reception they got, but then they probably seem that way no matter
where they play but it felt like a genuine appreciation from the guys.
In the end all that's left to say is that compared with most other bands
Metallica would have kicked their ass with this concert but compared with
Metallica they have more in them.
03. Harvester Of Sorrow
04. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. For Whom The Bell Tolls
07. I Disappear
08. St. Anger
09. Sad But True
10. Creeping Death
12. Wherever I May Roam
13. Nothing Else Matters
14. Master of Puppets
16. Enter Sandman
17. Leper Messiah
18. Seek And Destroy