Review: METALLICA Documentary Is A Piercing Vision Of Band Teetering On The Brink Of Collapse

June 8, 2004

Nicholas Schager of Filmcritic.com has reviewed METALLICA's much-anticipated $4-million documentary, "Some Kind of Monster". As previously reported, the film is initially expected to be released in small theaters July 9 in such cities as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with plans to show the movie in other U.S. markets by the fall.

Schager writes: "METALLICA's 'St. Anger' — the legendary metal band's first album of new material since the touchy-feely twin horrors 'Load' (1996) and 'Re-Load' (1997) – is a dense, sonically messy one-note return to their speed metal roots. 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster', Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary about the trials and tribulations surrounding the making of that comeback album, however, is a full-blown opera of metallic drama, rage, and misery. Filled with the torment and rage that fuels the band’s finest work, it's a piercing vision of an iconic band teetering on the brink of collapse, and a fascinating portrait of the creative process as explosive, potentially destructive, and, ultimately, cathartic." Read more.

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