Fans of metal’s still-reigning kings will tune up their air guitars for this poundingly loud, 3D Imax concert film, easily the best of its kind. Captured over five Canadian shows from their 2012 tour, Metallica can be seen in peak form, thrashing out a set heavy on selections from the classic first four albums. Arguably, the band has never been as tight as it is with lurking bassist Robert Trujillo. Director Nimród Antal knows exactly where to place his roving camera to sop up every double-pedal drum flurry and wailing solo.
Maybe because the band enjoyed rave reviews for its daring 2004 psychodrama ‘Some Kind of Monster’, an experimental narrative is shoehorned in, involving a roadie (Dane DeHaan) doing bloody battle in a deserted city. Your heart sinks with every cutaway. But the intrusions are few, and there’s creativity within the concert itself. Block those Spinal Tap allusions.