Upcoming Spotify Documentary Explores Metallica’s Fledgling Years


A little while ago I wrote about a book called Back to the Front which explored the history behind one of Metallica’s most famous albums, Master of Puppets.If that wasn’t enough for you, or if you’re not prone to reading, Spotify has a documentary coming out that will detail a lot of the band’s early history. The doc, aptly titled Metallica: The Early Years, is part of Spotify’s Landmark series and will debut on August 18th.

Here’s the description:

Metallica: The Early Years celebrates penpals, the birth of thrash metal, heavy-riffing cellists, and the origins of one of rock’s most influential bands. Focusing on the period from band’s formation in 1981 through the release of 1984’s Ride The Lighting, each chapter features candid interviews, rare archival footage, messed-up animations from Anthony Schepperd, and unusual context showcasing the strange ways Metallica’s tentacles continue to worm their way through our collective unconscious.

The trailer features prominent artists from the era, producers, people influenced by their sound and, of course, the members themselves. If you’re at all interested in the evolution of the biggest metal band of all time, then you’ll probably want to check it out.

Take a gander at the trailer below and revel in the days when all the members had full heads of hair. It’s probably one of the only times you’ll hear anyone from the Berklee College of Music say “respect to Lars.”

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