We’ve already lived through “The Day That Never Comes” — in the studio and live. So this is the third time it has never come. Something like that. The stitched together, eight-and-a-half-minute, Metallica-sampling Metallica epic gets a high budget, short-film style video today, set in a region of California made up like an American-occupied Islamic state, with soldiers very freaked out by a woman in a burka. Lars writes:
We were honored to work with acclaimed film director and fellow Dane Thomas Vinterberg, as our goal with this song was to step outside of the usual every day music video box and into to the world of film. As you may have see here earlier, we shot it outside of Los Angeles a month ago and we hope that you are as blown away by Thomas’ vision as we are.
That comes from metallica.com. Truth be told it is totally gripping, but mostly because I sat with clenched jaw hoping Metallica didn’t set back Arab-American relations and burka-appreciation 20 years with the finale. See for yourself.
More Metallica web-friendliness: You can hear the full studio clip of “Cyanide” (which we first heard live) at metallica.com. If you like it, you’ll be able to buy it later today at iTunes.
Death Magnetic is out 9/12.