Sound — 9
On July 7th 2009, Metallica played to a sold-out crowd at the Arnes de Nimes in France. Honored to play at such a historical site, the band brought along a camera crew to record the whole thing. The result is "Franais Pour Une Nuit": French For One Night, Metallica's first official live DVD since S&M way back in 1999. Fans will get to see the greatest metal band of all time play in front of 20 000 French fans in a full blown coliseum.
Content — 9
The setlist for the concert was as follows:
02. Creeping Death
04. Harvester of Sorrow
05. Fade to Black
06. Broken, Beat and Scarred
08. Sad But True
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master of Puppets
13. Dyers Eve
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Stone Cold Crazy
18. Seek and Destroy
Obviously, being a DVD from their World Magnetic tour, Metallica play a fair amount of songs from their latest album. However, the concert featured the perfect balance of old and new, even including a few seldom-heard songs, like Dyers Eve, which makes its DVD debut.
The concert starts off in true Metallica fashion ( la Ecstacy of Gold) and quickly works its way through Blackened (which features some stunning double bass from Lars) and Creeping Death (cue the "Die!" chanting). During Fade to Black, James asks "Do you feel like I do?" before launching into the final section. Broken, Beat and Scarred shows James interacting with the audience, and James gets them to sing along to the intro of Sad but True.
The second half of the concert begins with machinegun fire and lots of pyro before launching into One, which features more stunning double bass (timed with different colours of flames) before Hammett's frantic tapping solo. Kirk shreds it up a little before The Day that Never Comes, and after the stapled Master of Puppets, the moment we've all been waiting for: Dyers Eve. An amazing performance. Kirk nails the solo. The only thing missing is Lars' crazy double bass during the verses. Hammett plays another, more melodic solo before starting Nothing Else Matters, where James gets down on his knees after the solo and just lets the feedback run before the opening riff of Enter Sandman. Simply put: beautiful.
The encore, as per usual, features a cover, in this case an upbeat cover of Queen's Stone Cold Crazy. The band doesn't stop for a breather before Lars starts the intro to Motorbreath. The final song, Seek and Destroy, sees the band turn on the house lights, while beach balls marked Death Magnetic are kicked into the crowd by the band.
The DVD features little bonus content, including an interview with James about the World Magnetic tour, among other things. While some may criticize the DVD for it's very small amount of bonus content, the performance is obviously the main attraction, and well worth it.
Production Quality — 10
Metallica's sound on DVD is, as always, spotless. Unlike most LiveMetallica recordings, Lars' double bass is clearly audible (and more than loud enough to settle rumours that he isn't a good drummer) while Robert Trujillo's basslines can easily be picked out in most songs. Kirk's solos are spot on, playing with a newfound fury not heard in years, and James hasn't sounded this good since back in the early 90's.
Franais Pour Une Nuit also marks the first time Metallica have ever released a live DVD in 5.1 DTS Surround Sound as well as Blu-Ray, making is sound and feel like you were right up there, in the front row.
Overall Impression — 9
Franais Pour Une Nuit is available exclusively to France; anyone wishing to buy it outside of France has to order it online. The shipping may make it a little more expensive, but Franais Pour Une Nuit is definitely worth the extra buck or two. With its pristine quality (both sonically and visually), Metallica have proven once again that the greatest heavy metal band ever are still on the top of the game.