Metallica movie featured on "SportsCenter"

For many who came of age in the 1980s and 90s and liked needed their music loud, Metallica's "Master of Puppets" -- the album and the title track, featured here -- is still considered some of the best heavy metal ever recorded. It still packs a wallop 27 years later, as seen in this footage from "Metallica: Through The Never," a concert film featuring performances by the heavy metal masters.

Want to see more? Check out ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Thursday at 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET to see exclusive "Metallica: Through The Never" footage before it's released to theaters on Friday.

"Metallica: Through The Never" defies easy description, but we'll try: It's a concert film. And it's an action-adventure film. We see Metallica ripping through 30-plus years of metal classics, and at the same time, we see one of its roadies, played by Dane DeHaan, getting into trouble at the center of a post-apocalyptic war zone.

Why the movie within a movie? Drummer Lars Ulrich told the San Jose Mercury News that Metallica's experience with 2004's "Some Kind of Monster" -- a documentary showing the band nearly falling apart at the seams -- made a convincing argument that narrative was an essential ingredient.

"I think one of the big reasons that ("Some Kind of Monster") worked so well was that there was kind of a dramatic arch in it," Ulrich told the Mercury News. "So, we figured, seven or eight years later, if we were going to do a concert movie to maybe put a dramatic arch into (it) -- do a hybrid between concert and storytelling."