Metallica comes at us hard and heavy with Through the Never- a concept film about some surreal goings-on surrounding one of their shows when a young PA is sent out to retrieve something for the band and ends up way over his head. I'm old enough that the whole idea reminds me of Duran Duran's Arena- and this should be just as enjoyable as that was back in the day.
From the familiar opening strains of Ecstasy of Gold complemented with audience participation, Through The Never is a damn good concert release, a double cd recorded from their 2012 tour. The film itself is reported to have only fourteen songs featured while the cd has sixteen, so you'll get a little extra for your money. And it's pretty sweet; mixing a few old joints in with the better known stuff... My personal faves here were Creeping Death, Ride the Lightning, Hit the Lights- yeah, baby! It even seems like some of the band's stage dialogue from the film got included as well, but we'll see if that's what it was. A final nice touch is the last track- a newer recording of "Orion"- probably used for the film's end credits, and it sounds great! Cliff Burton would've liked it.
You could argue that TTN is just another live cd, and you're right- it is. But again, it's a good one that'll make you want to check out the movie- like a soundtrack should do- and worth the ten bucks you'd spend on the download.
- Audio CD (20 September 2013)
- Original Release Date: 20 September 2013
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD
- Label: Virgin EMI Records
- ASIN: B00ECERY6I
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)