I’ve been a Metallica fan for nearly 2/3rds of my life. They’re the band that got me into metal and also the band responsible for getting me to learn guitar (“Nothing Else Matters” FTW). And one of the things that has kept me being a fan for this long is that the guys genuinely seem like really cool people. When I spoke with Kirk Hammett last year (interview here), he was really excited and passionate, never once sounding arrogant or entitled. And when it comes to vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield it also seems like he’s just one of those guys that never let the fame of Metallica get to his head. In fact, he takes it in stride and has some fun with it, as evidenced by some gifs below where he has fun messing with some security guards at some shows. Check ‘em out below! READ MORE
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Expanding into more than 500 theaters this coming weekend is Picturehouse’s absolutely incredible experience, Metallica Through the Never, which must be seen in 3-D, and in IMAX theaters.
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Metallica Through the Never recently premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and stars Metallica, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history, and critically acclaimed actor, Dane DeHaan. Metallica Through the Never is a music-driven, 3D motion picture event directed by Nimród Antal and co-written by Antal with Metallica’s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
For as long as I can remember, Metallica’s music has been a part of my life. Their impact was at its peak all throughout my high school years. Like many fans will attest, their music and lyrics has a way of speaking directly to the listener on a personal level. Being a bit of an outsider, I was hooked. As unpopular as it may be to admit, I’ve always admired their adventurous side. No matter the ridicule they’ve been bombarded with, the band has always stayed true to themselves. The risk-taking took an all-time high with 2011’s brutally lambasted Lulu, their collaboration with Lou Reed. There’s no other mainstream act that’s dared to take on as may risks as Metallica has. Their documentaries exposed their frailties most artists would never dream of presenting. With all that baggage, most acts would’ve lost their fan-base. Cut to the present; Metallica is still standing strong. Their latest venture, Metallica Through the Never proudly celebrates that.
It’s an unusual hybrid of concert film and narrative. Not since Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker has a major recording artist approached film in such an out-there manner. Set against a backdrop of a Metallica concert, Trip, a young roadie (Dane DeHaan) is sent on an increasingly surreal and hellacious mission to retrieve a mysterious item for the band. The extremely loose plot feels more like an extended music video than anything else. I really dug the setup which creates a perception of Metallica as almost mythological figures, a worshipping fan’s perspective. The larger-than-life imagery (not to mention the native-shot 3D) helps support this cinematically. There are underlining themes that are nicely mirrored with whatever Metallica track the band is performing. Unfortunately the trivial storyline doesn’t really go anywhere significant. Thankfully in the reliable hands of Director Nimród Antal’s (Predators, Vacancy), this surreal adventure is always stylishly attractive to look at and doesn’t bog down the pace too much. Another plus is DeHaan’s completely convincing role as a Metallica fan. Despite the underwritten part, he gives it his full commitment. The unique connection between the band and its fans is perfectly embodied within his performance. If you have any personal connection to the themes being explored in Metallica Through the Never, DeHaan is probably the reason why.
In Antal’s hands, the 3D is never used as an intrusive gimmick. It’s there to draw you in, getting you closer to the Metallica live experience than ever before. He avoids pop-out gags and for the most part, keeping the camera wide to create a fine sense of depth. This is true with both the concert footage and the fictional story. Metallica Through the Never’s gorgeous opening aerial shot is about as good of a tone-setter as you can ever hope for. I also appreciated Antal’s approach to editing. He doesn’t bombard you with cuts, fully aware how it might disorientate the viewer. Images are allowed to linger on which brings out the advantages of 3D technology all the more. If only more filmmakers would use this as a model.
As for the concert itself, the band is in mighty top form. Having the opportunity of seeing the band live on a couple of occasions, it captures the Metallica live experience perfectly. Fans will get a kick out of the ways in which the World Magnetic stage design has been amped up for cinematic effect. There are even some points in which both worlds uniquely meld together. Considering we’re dealing with Metallica, the sound doesn’t disappoint…in fact, it’s damn epic! I had the pleasure of watching this in IMAX and it’s thunderously loud and ass-kicking. It only helps to enhance the imagery all the more. Metallica live has never been better represented than it does here.
There’s not much in the way of appeal for anyone not already converted. If you’re looking for something revealing along the same lines as documentaries Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica, this is not it. First and foremost, Metallica Through the Never is a celebration of the binding bond between the band and its loyal fan-base. 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.
Heavy metal legends Metallica have announced that their 3D film, Metallica Through The Never, will be released September 27th in N. America as a limited engagement in IMAX theaters. The film will expand one week later on October 4th. The film was written and directed by Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and produced by Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth).
Drummer Lars Ulrich comments, “IMAX! It doesn’t get bigger or cooler than that!. For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought. ‘Hey look, Mom, I’m 50 feet tall (finally!)’ There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience.”
The film tells the story of, “…band crew member (played by Dane DeHaan) who is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.” READ MORE
While Rob Zombie will always hold the record for most “Yeah!”s sang in a musical career, Metallica‘s James Hetfield might be a close second. Apparently something about their music just makes them the most agreeable people ever, the kind of person who always nods furiously and says, “YEAH!” to any suggestion you come up with.
Wanna go to Jack in the Box? “YEAH!” Wanna see a movie? “YEAH!” Wanna kidnap an Ethiopian child? “YEAH-EEEEEYAEEEYAEEYA!!!”
Anyways, coming to the story here, Kevin Conklin has compiled all of Hetfield’s “Yeah!”s from Metallica’s history, beginning with Kill ‘Em All and ending with Beyond Magnetic. It’s pretty funny, especially considering that it’s over 3 minutes long. That’s a lot of “Yeah!”s. Give it a listen below for a laugh! READ MORE
Metal titans Metallica have teamed up with Vans Footwear to create signature Metallica shoes. Each member of the band has created their own shoe after choosing from the various iconic designs to suit their particular style. Stores that carry these shoes can be found here.
You can see each of the shoes below. READ MORE
Remember soundboards and how popular they were back in the day? I remember loading up the Hulk Hogan one and pranking some of my pals because it’s just damn funny to keep clicking, “Brother!” over and over again (don’t judge me). Hearing the person on the other end of the line going, “Who is this?!?!” never got old.
Well, it looks like it’s time to make a few more prank calls as Metallica’s James Hetfield has his own soundboard. While it’s not exactly suited for phone calls, I’m sure there are ways to make it work. You can find it here. Have fun Bart Simpson-ing it! READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the legendary lead guitarist of Metallica! We got the opportunity to ask Kirk a few questions about Metallica before we dove into the world of horror and his book Too Much Horror Business (Amazon). We also get to hear stories of Kirk’s childhood as well as a bit about Cliff Burton and his love of horror. You can read this exclusive interview below! READ MORE
I was hemming and hawing over what kind of descriptor I should use in the headline. Should it be an LOL? Nah, because some of them aren’t funny. Should it be a Random Cool? Ehhhh….maybe? I settled on OMFG because that was pretty much my reaction looking at each photo.
You see, below you’ll find an image that features 18 yearbook photos from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. You’ve got “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons, Tom Araya, and many more. It’ll definitely get a chuckle or two! Check it out below, READ MORE
Dave Mustaine was recently interviewed on the Texas radio station 97.1 The Eagle Rocks during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival circuit. On there, he admitted to some rather interesting news. News that might send metalheads into a frenzy. Apparently, Mustaine approached Metallica‘s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and brought up the possibility of a supergroup. The band would be rounded out by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. Hetfield apparently said no, but Mustaine has said, “…but it’s still kind of out there in the air. I’m gonna keep hammering on him. It’s on my bucket list.”