1.Surprise!

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“We thought we’d come crash your party,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield said two songs into their not-so-surprising surprise gig last night at 1,800-capacity Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin. Consider the party crashed: The metal titans conquered with a 90-minute set steeped in classics, including “Master of Puppets,” “One,” “Seek and Destroy,” and “Blackened.”

2.Surprise!

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“We thought we’d come crash your party,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield said two songs into their not-so-surprising surprise gig last night at 1,800-capacity Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin. Consider the party crashed: The metal titans conquered with a 90-minute set steeped in classics, including “Master of Puppets,” “One,” “Seek and Destroy,” and “Blackened.”

3.Ride the Lightning

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A line outside Stubb’s began forming four hours before the concert and by 8 P.M., two hours before Metallica’s set began, it stretched three city blocks.

4.Hammett Up

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Kirk Hammett riffed on "For Whom the Bells Tolls."

5.Seek and Destroy

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Hetfield cracked a few jokes about playing SXSW: “We’re from Norway,” he said in a horrible fake accent. “We come here to get signed.”

6.Metal Militia

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Bassist Rob Trujillo showed his bottom-line intensity.

7.Ready, Set, Go!

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Metallica’s set list was heavy on hits and oldies -- including the rarely-played “Breadfan." The band only played two songs from their new album, Death Magnetic -- “Broken, Beat, and Scared”and “Cyanide.”

8.Sing-Along

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Hetfield asked for a little help from the crowd on "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

9.Whiplash

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Hammett got lost in a mightly metal moment.

10.Goodnight, Austin!

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Metallica closed out their set with searing encores of "Whiplash" and "Seek and Destroy."