Gallery: Metallica, Fear Factory, The Sword Live @ Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne, Australia), 15 Sept 2010

Combining this frenzy with Metallica’s bombastic appearance on stage made for a powerful jolt to the senses. For a minute, I forgot why I was there – so overwhelmed I was by the band before me. Last time I saw them was in the 80s on the ‘And Justice For All’ tour; and now, here I was, in the pit, feeling James Hetfield’s stare cut right through me.