THE FIRST REVIEW: Metallica at Sonisphere Helsinki

Metallica's first ever By Request set

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Europe’s heaviest travelling carnival of metal, Sonisphere, kicks off in, somewhat appropriately, in Finland, on the beach! (Although Helsinki’s Hietaniemi beach is more Cleethorpes on a wet bank holiday in November than palm-treed island paradise). But, no one’s turned up to sunbathe, they’ve turned up to headbang, and totally lose their ‘paska’, as the locals say. And with a line-up that’d give the Finnish devil-god Perkele himself numb balls, why the hell wouldn’t you?!