December 2, 2011

The Video for The View Debuts on December 3

Darren Aronofsky, best known for the Oscar-nominated films Black Swan and The Wrestler, was kind enough to travel to Northern California to direct the video for “The View,” and we’re very excited to have it premier here and on IFC.com tomorrow, December 3, at 7:00 AM PST. Although we originally told you that the plan was to shoot a performance video of “Iced Honey,” when Darren got together with Lou and the band at Metallica’s studio, HQ, it became obvious “The View” was the way to go.

“The first time I heard ‘The View’ I was stunned,” said Darren Aronofsky. “I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn't stop listening to it. Lou's crushing lyrics, and the band's incredible licks. It's so original and that's why I wanted to work on it.”

"I am very excited about working with Darren Aronofsky on our powerful video ‘The View’,” said Lou Reed. “I feel Darren understood the power and range of the emotions fueled by the fire of Metallica. His strength and spirit are on display in every frame and I think he has caught the anger, rage and anguish at the bottom of the soul of real rock. A literate man for a literate song. As exciting as the music and that's a big compliment. Possibly the best video ever made. Black and white filmic noir".

“To have a song like ‘The View’ visualized through the eyes and magic touch of Darren Aronofsky is beyond my wildest dream,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “The marriage between images, music, and words in this video is indescribably thrilling and I am so next level psyched to be involved in a project that brings together the creative minds of Darren Aronofsky, Lou Reed... and The ‘Tallica”

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