By MARIO TARRADELL Music Critic
The pyrotechnics were way cool, but most impressive was the precision.
The laser lights were eye candy, while the lightning speed was jaw dropping.
We're referring to Metallica, those metal masters that entertained more than 19,000 fans for two hours and 15 minutes Tuesday at American Airlines Center. The four-man group, in the midst of its World Magnetic Tour, performed in the round, giving every side of the venue's crowd a view of vocalist James Hetfield, bassist Robert Trujillo, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich.
Much of the night's set was focused on tunes from Death Magnetic, Metallica's return-to-form 2008 CD produced by the sought-after Rick Rubin. Of those, particularly memorable were the atmospheric "The Day That Never Comes" and the piercing opener, "That Was Just Your Life."
Another note related to Magnetic: The lighting rigs hanging above the stage were attached to coffin-shaped planks inspired by the disc's cover. They were like movable platform props..
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