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THE FIRST REVIEW: Metallica at Sonisphere Helsinki

Metallica's first ever By Request set

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?!