ESPN Music: MAster of Puppets

Metallica movie featured on "SportsCenter"

September, 26, 2013

For many who came of age in the 1980s and 90s and liked needed their music loud, Metallica's "Master of Puppets" -- the album and the title track, featured here -- is still considered some of the best heavy metal ever recorded. It still packs a wallop 27 years later, as seen in this footage from "Metallica: Through The Never," a concert film featuring performances by the heavy metal masters.

Want to see more? Check out ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Thursday at 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET to see exclusive "Metallica: Through The Never" footage before it's released to theaters on Friday.

"Metallica: Through The Never" defies easy description, but we'll try: It's a concert film. And it's an action-adventure film. We see Metallica ripping through 30-plus years of metal classics, and at the same time, we see one of its roadies, played by Dane DeHaan, getting into trouble at the center of a post-apocalyptic war zone.

Why the movie within a movie? Drummer Lars Ulrich told the San Jose Mercury News that Metallica's experience with 2004's "Some Kind of Monster" -- a documentary showing the band nearly falling apart at the seams -- made a convincing argument that narrative was an essential ingredient.

"I think one of the big reasons that ("Some Kind of Monster") worked so well was that there was kind of a dramatic arch in it," Ulrich told the Mercury News. "So, we figured, seven or eight years later, if we were going to do a concert movie to maybe put a dramatic arch into (it) -- do a hybrid between concert and storytelling."