Metallica dove deep into their historic catalog to blitz through the thrash anthem metal militia live for the first time since 2016 – and the Bay Area metal titans have released pro-shot footage from the occasion.
For a Metallica fan of a certain vintage, this is truly an occasion. Taken from the band’s incendiary 1983 debut album, Kill them all, metal militia is mother’s milk to rivet heads, a work of pure premium steel that’s only been done 10 times in the last decade. Back then – i.e. the early 80s – you would often have found them closing the set with.
But Pinkpop 2022, at Megaland, Landgraaf in the Netherlands, was a rarity. Fittingly, Hetfield released a white Flying V, just like the only electric guitar he used at the time. Kill them all era – the white Electra Flying V copy that is now preserved and used only as a studio pinch hitter.
The Pinkpop White V, however, looks like a weather-beaten custom replica bearing its name on the truss rod cover, upgraded with its EMG Het Set pickups. Hammett, meanwhile, is on his ESP KH-2 Karloff.
Sometimes Metallica bundles these deep cuts into a medley, or teases them, but here metal militia is played straight, hunterless and tight for a piece that doesn’t often see the light of day.
What else should they return to the regular rotation? ghost lordanother flawless Kill them all cut, is rarely on the shelf. Likewise, Jump into the fire. It was last performed in 2016 at Rasputin Music in Berkley, CA to mark Record Store Day, a super fun set featuring all the old school hits.
Escape, for many ride the lightningThe only dud from , even though the riff/vocal verse is great, was only performed once at the 2012 Orion Festival, although they teased the track on the Chilean date of their 2022 South American tour , to embark on Sad but true.
In other Metallica news, the band released a new four-track live EP recorded in 2014 at their MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, in which the band covered Ozzy, Deep Purple, Rare Earth and The Beatles.