It was a headbangers and metal heads delight at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls on May 19 when the Metallica tribute band Metal Militia performed before a full house.

Complete with cross props, the band brought their full on show with plenty of flying hair and interaction with the crowd including coming off the stage and playing right next to fans.

Performing music that spanned Metallica’s career, the four piece band opened the show with “Creeping Death”. Playing two sets, the night included performances of “Harvester of Sorrow”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “The Four Horsemen”, “(Welcome Home) Sanitarium”, “Moth into Flame”, “Enter Sandman”, “One”, “Master of Puppets”, “Wherever I May Roam”, “Fade to Black”, “ad but True”, “Seek and Destroy”, “Ride the Lightening”, “Damage, Inc.”, “Breadfan”, “Whiplash”, and “Blackened”.

For metal fans it is considenred goo music, but for those who are not fans, the music is thought of as noise. And for someone whose musical tastes run a lot mellower and knowledge of Metallica is limited to knowing that the name of the band’s drummer is Lars Ulrich, the titles of two of Metallica’s songs, and that Metallica took on Napster and is at lest partly responsible for the royalty format used for music downloads; it is because of the guys in Metal Militia that I have discovered that Metallica’s music does have some interesting melodic lines and bass riffs.

With fans yelling for the band to play more and louder, it was clear that the were not ready for the night to end…even after the Cafe had reached closing time.

As the Hard Rock Cafe heads into the bus tourist season, the performance by western New York’s Metal Militia served as a fine kick off for the summer.