“[Director] Nimród [Antal] came up with the story line,” Hetfield said. “It really is two movies in one. We wanted to have the best concert footage ever filmed and also have a story line and give it some legs that will be open for interpretation. There are so many metaphors in there. And there’s no good side or bad side. There’s just turmoil. That’s just a part of human nature — fight or flight at times. For me, when the rider shows up he’s the embodiment of hate. And then there’s fire. Of course. You gotta have fire.”
“Metallica Through The Never” sees the band performing on a massive stage, specially constructed for the film, that incorporates elements of METALLICA live shows from the past 30 years.
“The idea to bring back some of the gags from the ’80s, when we were a little more theatrical, was that there are so many kids nowadays who have only heard about statues and crosses and so on,” said METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. “So it was sort of like METALLICA has generally shied away from being too retro. But five years ago, when we were with [producer] Rick Rubin working on [METALLICA‘s latest album] ‘Death Magnetic’, he started encouraging us to be inspired by our past and not run away from it. So that’s why we decided to bring back some of those gags, 2012-style. It was time to maybe be okay with sharing that with younger kids without feeling like we were turning into a retro band.”