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Metallica - 2013 Through The Never (Soundtrack)

ARTIST: Metallica
ALBUM: Through The Never
LABEL: Blackened
SERIAL: 375156-2
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: James Hetfield - vocals, guitar * Kirk Hammett - guitar * Robert Trujillo - bass * Lars Ulrich - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Ecstasy Of Gold * 02 Creeping Death * 03 For Whom The Bell Tolls * 04 Fuel * 05 Ride The Lightning * 06 One * 07 The Memory Remains * 08 Wherever I May Roam * 09 Cyanide * 10 .. And Justice For All * 11 Master Of Puppets * 12 Battery * 13 Nothing Else Matters * 14 Enter Sandman * 15 Hit The Lights * 16 Orion



Despite their phenomenal work rate over the past few years, it seems recording a new album is the least of Metallica's concerns. In a way they might be justified given the depleted record industry and their ability to sell tickets regardless of new material, but if there's one band guaranteed to shift millions of copies of anything new it's Metallica. That however seems a distant possibility, with the band touring heavily and concerning themselves with their most recent venture, a concert based film 'Through The Never' which doubles as an action film of sorts, the plot of which is too tedious to mention. It has given Metallica the opportunity to churn out another live album, this one in the guise of a soundtrack for the film, featuring live tracks of Metallica standards. It doesn't feel as worthless as cash ins by AC/DC and Iron Maiden, but the setlist is on the same level, with the distinguishing feature being the live performances, which blow those other hacks out of the water.

The Songs
The shows featured here were recorded at Canadian concerts in August 2012, not that it has any bearing on anything. They could have recorded this live in the backyard and nobody would be any the wiser. As the music is intended to fit the contents of the film there are some odd moments, such as Hetfield telling the crowd two people got 'hurt' during 'Enter Sandman' which obviously is a plot detail. Musically it's as impressive as Metallica have sounded over the decades and even old chestnuts like 'Creeping Death', 'Battery', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', 'One' and 'Master Of Puppets' still sound as if they're being played by hungry 20 something's rather than a bunch of dudes nearing 50. One of the only surprise inclusions is '.. And Justice For All' which the band claimed they wouldn't play again because it was too long and complex. There's nothing included from 'St. Anger' of course and the now five year old 'Death Magnetic' gets a look in with 'Cyanide'. The 'Load' albums aren't forgotten, with the obligatory 'Fuel' and 'The Memory Remains' both played on every Metallica show it seems. They've held up well over the past 17 years, especially given the hatred they received upon release all those years ago. It's strange 'Through The Never' itself isn't played, but rest assured tried and tested 'Black' album favourites 'Enter Sandman', 'Wherever I May Roam' and 'Nothing Else Matters' are heard loud and clear. Wading through those is somewhat of a task following years of massive overplaying. 'Hit The Lights' is played with the same abandon as it was in 1983 and this is the highlight, the production capturing everything with perfect clarity. Another oddity is 'Orion' which is played to an empty theater apparently, the instrumental used as the credit music. In that context it's the perfect piece given its haunting overtones, but it's identical to the studio version and hard to separate.

In Summary
While the overall worth of 'Through The Never' is debatable, the inspired showing by the veterans makes it far from disposable. It serves its purpose as a soundtrack companion and I'm sure Metallica aren't expecting to sell two million copies of this. What it does is prove Metallica are still at their peak, amazing in itself and a fact that will be truly borne out by a new album, which will hopefully see the light of day before we're all pushing daisies on the 'Death Magnetic' album cover coffin.

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