I attended a press screening of the new Joe Berlinger / Bruce Sinofsky doc, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster last night. Besides bringing back memories of my high school days of headbanging to “Kill ‘Em All” in my friend Sam’s bondo-scarred 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass, I also found it to be an insightful look into how a band that has been together for twenty years struggles to write their new album while also tending to old wounds of ego and jealousy. What begins as a humorous take of headbangers in therapy grows into an indepth view of the difficulties of creative collaboration and how to continue to write aggressive music while maintaining healthy relationships. Even those not into guitar heavy, melody-free slabs of guitar thrash will appreciate the craftsmanship and discipline the band puts towards their music and dedication towards their fans, though it’ll be interesting to see how the more aggro members of their hardcore tribe will react to seeing not a concert doc but a film with Lars and James discussing their feelings with a $40,000 a month therapist.
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