Metallica will play Lincoln Financial Field on May 12, the second date of its cross-country North American tour. This is the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members have played Philadelphia since 2009. This is the first time the band has played the Linc.

Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold will open.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.

Metallica is touring behind the November release of its 10th studio album, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, released in November. We said of the album:

Ten hard, dark studio albums into its 25-year career as thrash smetal's biggest pop stars and group therapy patients, the members of Metallica still do their marauding mightiest to maintain the doom, gloom, and primal death howl that put the quartet on the map. That's been a long, ugly slog, for sure. Plunging into the fresh hell of new skulking depths, angry lyrics, and thundering sludge rock is the quartet's nasty mien.

The last time Metallica played Philadelphia (when that big concert arena in South Philly was still called the Wachovia Center), we wrote: "...the men of Metallica gave no they plan to give up the ghost anytime soon, despite the four large metal caskets hanging precariously over their heads, a visual riff on the funereal cover of their latest album, Death Magnetic."

Here's the full review:

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