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Metallica's "All Nightmare Long" Video Premieres

December 8, 2008 9:05 AM ET

Metallica have unleashed their new video for the Death Magnetic epic "All Nightmare Long." While the band doesn't actually show up in the video, the nine-minute clip could be the best Metallica video since "One," and possibly even the best video of the year. Combining the a Grindhouse-esque worn film look with equal parts Russian educational documentary, Watership Down style animation and Re-Animator, the video tells the story of a strange spore that falls to Earth that first heals wounds and revives dead pets but eventually leads to a zombie takeover in the former USSR. It's like Planet Terror wrapped into ten minutes without the terrible ending and Quentin Tarantino cameo. Check out the video above.

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