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Using its repertoire and new material, the gods of metal music rant

Sometimes, metal is mandatory. You need crushing volume, thunderous rhythm and lyrics about how brutally painful it is to be a puny human in a meaningless universe. And maybe a song or two about stickin' it to the man. When you need it, nothing else will do.

The 12,000-plus fans who crammed the Rose Garden Thursday night for a show by Metallica got their dose, and then some. Touring in support of "St. Anger," its first album of new material in five years, the band that revolutionized the genre in the '80s proved it is still on top of the heavy metal hill.

"We missed you, Portland. Thanks for sticking with us," singer/guitarist James Hetfield said as Metallica took the stage to a cacophonous reception. It was his only reference to the band's well-publicized struggles with personnel changes, drug rehab, the Napster wars, etc. From there on, it was strictly business.

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and lyrics about how brutally painful it is to be a puny human

Hard to believe Ulrich isn't the lead singer then. :)

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From anger to insight — but Metallica still delivers

OK, Metallica, all is forgiven: the lawsuit against Napster, the years wasted on cover-song collections and symphony music, the unbelievably ugly drum sound on last year's "St. Anger." We can find a way to pardon it all if you're going to keep churning out fervid shows like Sunday's concert at KeyArena.

Metallica's two-hour-and-10-minute, in-the-round set was drawn up as a crowd-pleaser. Veteran fans got nine songs from the band's early thrash days; four other songs hailed from the band's 14-times platinum self-titled album from 1991.

But their best work Sunday came from "St. Anger" — or rather, from the juxtaposition of its new songs with the old, which proved that 23 years into their career, Metallica continues to be one of the most thoughtful bands in heavy metal.

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