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Photo Gallery: Metallica at Sonisphere

  • Aided by mighty pyrotechnics, Metallica bring the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth to an almighty close on Sunday August 2. The veteran metal act played older tracks like ‘One’ and ‘Sad But True’, as well as material from new album ‘Death Magnetic’. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Mastodon live at Sonisphere festival at Knebworth. The band warmed up the crowds before other headliners including Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit and Machine Head took to the stage. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Fronted for one night only by former band member John Bush (since the departure of Dan Nelson), Anthrax were just one of the established acts to grace the stage over the two day-long Sonisphere festival at Knebworth. Playing Saturday (August 1),  the band’s set included 'Bring the Noise' and 'What Doesn't Die'. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Over two days the crowd were treated to a line-up including Taking Back Sunday, Alien Ant Farm, Bullet for My Valentine, Lamb of God, and headliners Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, and Metallica. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Bullet For My Valentine played their only show in the UK this year (aside from a charity gig at London's Royal Albert Hall). The Welsh rockers were on explosive form, belting out fan favourites such as 'Tears Don't Fall'. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again are hardly typical fare at a metal festival - but they were especially requested by headliners Metallica. In the event, they went down surprisingly well. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland rock out at Sonisphere, August 2. For a video interview with the reformed nu-metal pioneers, head to NME.COM/video. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn took a pop at Limp Bizkit, telling the crowd, "It's not about the nookie, it's about the rage" - a reference to Limp Bizkit's breakthrough hit, 'Nookie'. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Veteran bands dominated the second day of Sonisphere - notably Nine Inch Nails, who recently completed a farewell tour of the UK. Frontman Trent Reznor has announced plans to put the band on indefinite hiatus. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • Metallica at Sonisphere. Frontman James Hetfield - celebrating his 46th birthday - asked the crowd: "Do you want heavy?" before playing 'Sad But True' – and was met with roars of approval before the band ended their set with 'Seek And Destroy'. Pic: Matt Foxley

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  • The heavens opened during Heaven And Hell's set on the Saturday night, providing a suitably doom-laden backdrop to their punishing, ultra-heavy, grooves. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Coheed And Cambria at Sonisphere. The New York-based prog rockers, notable for frontman Claudio Sanchez's piercingly high vocals, were one of the few young(ish) bands on a bill dominated by veteran acts. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington gets airborne at Sonisphere. In addition to Linkin Park hits such as 'In The End', Bennington also treated fans to tracks from his side project, Dead By Sunrise. Pic: PA Photos

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