Metallica: Through the Never is coming to IMAX theaters in September.
The heavy metal band that was once larger than life is due to be larger than life again, only in a different way. Metallica is getting a feature film entitled Metallica: Through the Never, loosely named after a song on their black album.
Metallica has had a rollercoaster career to say the least, starting out as a garage band that grew fame purely underground. They have had a history involving members of Flotsam and Jetsam, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Exodus. Their success finally got them to release a commercially successful album under the direction of the Motley Crue manager Bob Rock. After that, they began to fall from memory and then infamy as the albums Load, Reload and S&M were released, angering most of their fans in the process. The “gods of heavy metal” had turned soft.
After controversy with Napster and realizing their fans hated them, they decided to try going back to their thrash metal roots with St. Anger, but it was too little, too late. Even a feature film showing their struggle in recent years wasn’t enough to make the fans come back, and Some Kind of Monster was quickly forgotten.
Several not so well known albums later, Metallica is back, and is planning to come to IMAX theaters. Metallica: Through the Never was directed by Nimrod Antal and produced by Charlotte Huggins.
Lars Ulrich, debatably the only original member of the band, had this to say about the film:
“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.”
We can only hope, for their sake, that this film will help bring them back.
What do you think of Metallica: Through the Never coming to IMAX in September?