It had been 6 years since I had seen Metallica in the flesh and what an experience it was but now it was time to re-experience the adrenaline I had long missed. As I journeyed from Berlin to Cologne I plugged the headphones in and embarked on a trip of youthful nostalgia as I cranked Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning.
The preparation for this gig was a long time coming and I distinctly remembered booking the tickets with a rush of child-like excitement for both Berlin and Cologne. The Soundwave festival of 2013 was nothing but a distant memory which I was overly eager to feel once again. The gates opened and I stood there with anticipation through the rather enjoyable sets of Bokassa and Ghost wearing my faded, sweat and blood covered Master of Puppets T-shirt.
As the sun was setting my ears once again heard the intro to The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. It was in this moment that everything flowed back to me. Whether it was discovering Ride the Lightning in my youth, listening to Master of Puppets until it was burned in my brain, or even learning every beat and note in their live DVD's, Metallica were finally here.
I couldn't help but smile as the band set upon the stage no further than 20 metres away from me and lead into their legendary set, playing a mix of songs that covered their 40 years of world domination. The set took me by surprise as I remembered the heaviness that is The Thing That Should Not Be, or singing in unison to The Memory That Remains, or barking the lyrics to Creeping Death until I couldn't sing anymore.
I was overly impressed with how well the band actually performed. The sound was great, the band is still tight and James never ceases to amaze and energise the crowd. The band's dedication to their fans and performance has never faded nor do I believe it ever will and when they finally do decided to unplug their amps there will be a hole left in music that will be difficult to fill.
My 5th time seeing Metallica will be when they take the stage in Berlin. However the future seems uncertain and I can only hope for further tours, but a large part of me believes that Metallica will only improve with age and continue for the coming years.