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    Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:14:01

    Metallica Captivate and Crush The Spreckels Theater in Honor of "Through the Never" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    After a day of Batmen and Catwomen wandering around San Diego as well as countless actors talking their respective "characters" at panels, the real superheroes descended upon Comic-Con just a shade before 11 last night.

    Taking over the Spreckels Theatre for a secret show celebrating the release of their forthcoming film Metallica Through the Never [out in IMAX 3D September 27 and in theaters everywhere October 4], Metallica engaged and enthralled the tiny venue with an arsenal of classics locked and loaded with pure, palpable power. No matter how tired any of the attendees were from either walking around the convention or, for the likes of The Walking Dead (TV Series) star Norman Reedus, speaking and signing, everybody stood in anticipation as "The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly boomed through the house.

    Kirk Hammett's immortal guitar launched into a mind-blowing "Creeping Death" as Lars Ulrich pounded his drum kit with precision and passion. James Hetfield sounded equally flawless, rousing all in attendance to scream "die" loud enough so San Francisco could hear. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" volleyed from a staccato six-string bounce to a deadly bass line from Robert Trujillo—whose inimitable energy remains ever-infectious.

    Moments later Hetfield let out a big grin, "I think this is the perfect place to make this announcement-gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire".

    "Fuel" steamrolled forward at full speed with unmatched and unrivaled heaviness. Boasting "old stuff" and "older stuff", as the frontman said, "Ride the Lightning" electrified via Hammett's fleet-fingered virtuosity and the former's gruff growl. Afterwards, Hammett spoke right to the Comic-Con setting by busting out the Star Wars theme on his guitar, which garnered big smiles and even bigger applause. "Sanitarium" evoked an epicness on par with most of the big budget franchises promoting their future installments all day, while "Sad But True" simply slaughtered as Ulrich stood up hammering out those massive drum grooves with flare and fire in his heart.

    There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Metallica just continue to get better. It's as if these musical gods only further solidify their place as the greatest rock band of all time with each subsequent surprise—like the intimate show at this miniscule (in comparison to their normal concerts) venue. "Master of Puppets" pulled out more smoldering proof as did a scalding and scorching "Blackened". There's still no one heavier, boys and girls (and bats).

    As the poetic classically-induced marvel "Nothing Else Matters" bled into a propulsive "Enter Sandman", it was clear Metallica had arrived as "masters" of a new realm, yet again. After three decades, they're still conquering fresh territory. There was no better way to set up "Through the Never" than this historical show. Mind you, the movie looks to be one of the greatest and most groundbreaking music films in history and how could it not be? For an audience used to seeing their heroes dressed casually and speaking on stage behind glasses of water and name placards, this was a revolutionary event.

    How's that for superheroes?

    Rick Florino
    07.20.13


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