Best Surprise: “DEHAAN,” a.k.a. METALLICA

picture-20105-1372868162By: Jolie Ruben // June 10, 2013

Last weekend, Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival descended upon Detroit for the first time, bringing an eclectic line-up of bands hand-selected by the thrash merchants themselves. Beyond careening through a smattering of art-metal outfits, reunited punk legends, indie-rock critic’s darlings, and the fest’s first EDM tent (a.k.a. the “Sanitarium”), you could watch a film picked by drummer Lars Ulrich, gawk at guitarist Kirk Hammett’s collection of horror memorabilia, peep frontman James Hetfield’s collection of custom cars and hot rods, or eat a Faygo cake pop from local pop-up Guns and Butter. As bassist Robert Trujillo described the weekend, it’s “like a big-ass BBQ.”