Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster

Penetrating documentary gets Blu-ray release

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Ten years on from its original release, Some Kind Of Monster remains a very brave documentary.

You cannot help but admire Metallica’s readiness to expose all the drama surrounding the making of the ill-fated St Anger. It’s so much more fascinating than the hagiographies that most big bands put out, supposedly giving an insight into their lives, but doing no such thing.

What comes across even clearer this time is the way in which Kirk Hammett and producer Bob Rock are reduced to powerless onlookers, forced to observe as Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield negotiate an emotional minefield. Of course, the increasing incursion of therapist Phil Towle and the interference from Lars’s dad Torben still stand out. But you realise now that they were actually encouraged by the band to increase their influence over what was happening in the studio. The pair have often been painted as villains, but this is unfair. The new footage, updating what’s happened by the band over the past decade, is a waste of time, really. It’s anodyne compared to the full-on fright-fest of the documentary. Some Kind Of Monster has aged well… partly because there’s been nothing else like it.

Via Blackened Recordings

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.