Metallica/Avenged Sevenfold at Orion Music + More

By Kaitlin Follmer

Published on Sunday, August 5, 2012

Orion was a pretty unique experience; it would be a mistake to call it just a concert. Throughout the day there were stages set up for comedy acts and performances. Also tents were set up throughout the area showing off old motorcycles and hot rods. One of the coolest things about this weekend had to be Metallica. They hand selected every band and performer that would show up at this festival, and would walk around throughout the day checking out the different acts. Orion Fest took place at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ and there have been talks that this would be an annual festival.

Avenged Sevenfold :

This is my third time seeing Avenged and I would have to say this is the best performance I have seen from them yet. I saw something I haven’t seen too much from them in their first couple of shows, they were having fun again. Since the passing of their Drummer Rev the group dynamic hasn’t quite been the same. I was glad to see the guys interacting with each other more, making faces and passes at one another These interactions really helped the crowd feel a little more connected, and made for a great set. I have never been a huge fan of Avenged but they are by far one of my favorite bands to see live, especially now that they are starting to get back to normal.

Set List:

1. Nightmare
2. Critical Acclaim
3. Welcome to the Family
4. Almost Easy
5. Buried Alive
6. Afterlife
7. Beast and the Harlot
8. A Little Piece of Heaven


9. Unholy Confessions


Metallica is probably one of the most recognized names in music, and coming out to a music festival that was Metallica’s creation was unreal. They headlined both nights of this two-day festival, the first night playing their “Ride the Lightning” album, cover to cover, (with a couple classics thrown in the mix) and the second night playing “The Black Album” in its entirety. Unfortunately I was only able to make it to Saturday’s show, but it was probably one of the best shows I have seen to date.

They started their set with a couple favorites, Hit the Lights, Master of Puppets, Fuel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Shortest Straw before moving into the Black Album. James Hetfield has such a strong commanding voice and a powerful presence, he absolutely commanded your attention, whether he was at the top of the stage, on the riser or in the crowd on the “snake pit” It was hard to take your eyes off him. This was such a fantastic event and I am absolutely thrilled to have been a part of it.

Set List:

1. Hit the Lights
2. Master of Puppets
3. Fuel
4. For Whom the Bell Tolls
5. The Shortest Straw

Songs From The Black Album:

6. The Struggle Within
7. My Friend of Misery
8. The God That Failed
9. Of Wolf and Man
10. Nothing Else Matters
11. Through the Never
12. Don’t Tread on Me
13. Wherever I May Roam
14. The Unforgiving
15. Holier Than Thou
16. Sad But True
17. Enter Sandman


18. Blackened
19. One
20. Seek & Destroy

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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