Big Four wow crowds at Sonisphere Poland

"Warsaw do you know what's happening?" roared James Hetfield during Metallica's headline set at the first Sonisphere of 2010 and nearly 90,000 metal heads went berserk. "You're a part of history. This is a dream for every metal fan and you're part of it."

Sonisphere Poland was some way to start the summer tour. Anthrax kicked things off and nearly 30 years after they formed, they played to their biggest-ever audience. This was Joey Belladonna’s first show since rejoining the band and he played ‘Only’ for the first time ever. Another highlight was during ‘Indians’ when they broke into a tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of ‘Heaven and Hell’.

Megadeth were also welcoming back a former member in original bass player, David Ellefson and with metal nostalgia in the air, they celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘Rust in Peace’, by playing the classic thrash metal album in its entirety before finishing with four of their biggest-ever hits.

Slayer were simply Slayer. Classic track followed classic track in a trademark tight performance, with the Polish crowd also treated to ‘World Painted Blood’ and ‘Hate Worldwide’ from the new album. It was good to see Tom Araya looking back to his best after his recent back injury.

Kerry King then stuck around to watch the whole of Metallica’s mammoth set from the side of the stage, as did local metal hero Nergal from Behemoth. “I fucking love these guys,” he said before he got on stage. “The last time they really blew me away.”

They did the same to the crowd here…almost literally with the pyrotechnics during ‘Fuel’, ‘Blackened’ and ‘Enter Sandman’. As James Hetfield put it: “This is the greatest metal show on earth.”

Set lists:

Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
I Am The Law

Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Hangar 18
Take No Prisoners
Five Magics
Poison Was the Cure
Tornado of Souls
Rust in Peace… Polaris
Sweating Bullets
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells

World Painted Blood
War Ensemble
Hate Worldwide
Angel of Death
Dead Skin Mask
South of Heaven
Raining Blood


Creeping Death
For Whom The Bell Tolls
The Four Horsemen
Fade To Black
That Was Just Your Life
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
All Nightmare Long
Master Of Puppets
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
Hit The Lights
Seek & Destroy