JAMES HETFIELD's 'Father Wound' Inspired METALLICA Lyrics, Says 'Absent' Filmmaker

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield will join filmmaker Justin Hunt at the San Rafael California Film Institute in San Rafael, California on Thursday, March 3 in presenting and discussing the award-winning documentary "Absent", exploring the worldwide crisis of absent and disengaged fathers and the negative impact that the "father wound" makes on society.

According to Rockville Magazine, "this topic is of interest to Hetfield since his own father abandoned his family around the age of 13. The METALLICA frontman was interviewed for the film, sharing his personal struggles of dealing with father abandonment issues and how he strives to be a positive father for his three children."

"A lot of the METALLICA music that is so important to millions of people comes from his father wound," Hunt told the Marin Independent Journal. "With James, or any other guy, for that matter, it's a validation issue. If you don't have a father to teach you that you're man, you'll spend your entire life trying to prove it."

In the film, Hunt had Hetfield recite the lyrics to some of his most personal songs, including "Dyers Eve" and "Where The Wild Things Are".

"With 'Dyers Eve', it's like hearing him read a letter to his mom and dad, and there's an anger there," Hunt said. "In 'Where the Wild Things Are', he's talking to his daughter about where his father wound came from and how he's trying to break that cycle, becoming a better parent to his kids."

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