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Orion Music + More Metallica

Metallica made big headlines last month when they announced Orion Music + More, a two-day outdoor festival happening in Atlantic City, NJ this June featuring 22 bands, with both nights headlined by Metallica playing special retro album sets.

MetalSucks just received a press release announcing the “Damage Inc. Stage,” featuring “punk and thrash music.” Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Red Fang, Torche, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tusk and Thy Will Be Done have been announced for the stage, with more bands being announced soon.

They join the previously announced line up of Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Liturgy.

So, pretty cool of Metallica to throw their old bros in Sepultura and Suicidal Tendencies a bone. But you’ve got to wonder who in the Metallica camp is actually curating and selecting these bands; there’s no WAY any of the band members are in-touch enough with the modern metal scene to know about Landmine Marathon and Black Tusk… Red Fang, maybe. So who’s picking these bands? Management? Booking agents? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Anyway, sweet lineup. I’ve seen a lot of Internet backlash about the presence of bands like Arctic Monkeys and Modest Mouse on a metal bill, but really, no fucks should be given: there will surely be someone else awesome playing at the same time, and if not, go grab a beer and sit down on a lawn somewhere. I have to say, it’s great that someone is finally bringing a full, outdoor, Euro-style festival to the U.S.

Visit the official Orion Music + More website for more info.


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