When we arrived at Bader Field the day before Metallica's Orion Music + More festival, we were greeted with the band rocking out to one of our favorite tunes, 'Creeping Death.' It turned out that they were performing their usual pre-show soundcheck, working out all the kinks before they kicked off their first ever two-day fest.
For those who weren't lucky enough to be in Atlantic City to experience Orion, the band released both nights' performances as downloads via LiveMetallica.com. While those cost money to download, Metallica has now released that Friday soundcheck as a free download. The soundcheck includes the aforementioned 'Creeping Death,' 'Hell and Back' from the 'Beyond Magnetic' EP and the instrumental 'The Call of Ktulu.'
With this being a soundcheck, the band was not playing as serious as they would during an actual live performance. This is obvious when frontman James Hetfield, while jamming on 'Creeping Death,' decides to skip out on singing the first verse. This looseness provides a unique listening experience for 'Tallica fans, making this a download you won't want to miss.
Orion Music + More was held at Bader Field in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24, 2012. It was Metallica's first music festival that they created and the band has promised to turn it into an annual tradition.