Metallica aren’t very likely to fly under the radar. Over almost 40 years, the band has sold over 100 million albums, played sold-out shows all over the globe, and inspired countless musicians, myself included.
Through the course of their career, Metallica has weathered tragedy and controversy. They’ve experimented, from scaling their compositions down on their 1991 self-titled album to the hard rock groove of Load and Reload.
Sometimes it pays off (their self-titled album has sold over 30 million copies), sometimes it doesn’t (I’m looking at you, Lulu).
Today, we’re looking at one of the times that—sadly—didn’t.
Metallica Through the Never
Metallica is no stranger to video releases, having released A Year and a Half in the Life Of Metallica, being the subject of the documentary Some Kind of Monster, as well as a handful of live performances.
Looking to push the envelope, the band set to work on a theatrical release that would be part live show and part surreal narrative.
The narrative portion focuses on Trip (Dane DeHaan), a roadie for the band who is sent to take gas to a stranded truck, being told that the disabled vehicle is carrying “something very important.” Trip consumes a blue and red pill and sets off on his quest.
Intercut with performance footage, Trip’s adventure sees him interact with a city that starts off as desolate and eerie before escalating into riots. I won’t go into great detail about it here because, honestly, it won’t make much sense. That’s not a criticism of the film, rather a call for you to see it for yourself.
The song choices blend very well with Trip’s vignettes and Metallica’s live show is tailor-made for such a cinematic endeavor. The cinematography is outstanding as is the sound design, naturally.