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[TIFF ’13 Review] ‘Metallica: Through the Never’ Is Pretty Much Just For the Fans…

While the reviews of Metallica: Through the Never have been pretty solid, the concensus seems to be that the film’s wrap, directed by Predators helmer Nimrod Antal, is weak sauce.

Mike Pereira caught a premiere screening at last week’s Toronto International Film Festival, and reports back with some good news, and some bad news. Basically, it’s solely for hardcore fans (that’s okay with me!).

“Metallica: Through the Never is a celebration of the binding bond between the band and its loyal fan-base,” says Mike in his review. “It’s made for the fans by a fan. Antal has successfully captured what it means to be a Metallica fan as well as given us a damn fine concert film to boot. If you love the band then there’s simply no excuse why you shouldn’t go run out to see this and in the best cinema around.

The wrap follows Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, who is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.



  • not a metallica fan (not disrespecting them at all, I just like harder edged music like Thy Art Is Murder), but the movie does look interesting.

  • Golic

    self indulgent douche bags. also, Meshuggah can play circles around these guys.

    • JonathanBarkan

      Old Meshuggah has loads of influences from Metallica. Also, Hetfield’s rhythm technique is what inspired a great many bands, including Meshuggah. By the way, this is coming from a huge Meshuggah fan.

      • Golic

        so? they’re still self indulgent douche bags, and Meshuggah can still play circles around them.

        • unisonruss

          Immature much? I LOVE Meshuggah, but ever hear of respect your elders? Ask Jens what he thinks of Metallica…pretty sure he wouldn’t say what you have to say. Metallica is part of the big four, that pioneered metal to a new level, in my opinion of course. Pretty much any rock/metal band worth listening to today were influenced by Metallica.

  • sweetooth

    Meshuggah and all “djent” (shudder) bands blow. Metallica might be over-rich pretentious douche bags, but I’ll still take their first 4 records over and Meshuggah album any day of the week.

    • unisonruss

      ^^ This. Ride The Lightning is a masterpiece…and also the first CD I ever bought (remember those?).

    • unisonruss

      They do not “blow” though…technically they’re brilliant. Check out the track “Bleed” and play it loud.

      • JonathanBarkan

        Also, this. So much this.

    • JonathanBarkan

      I wouldn’t necessarily go that far. I think they both serve their place in the metal genre and offer different takes on what “metal” is. I’ll blast some Metallica and then happily turn to Meshuggah. They just serve different musical needs.

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