After watching an early cut of the pilot for NBC’s midseason series Crisis, I heard something unusual: a piano and choral rendition of the refrain to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”. The chorus is used twice at the end of the first episode, faded in and out then back in again. It’s an unusual choice, but it also highlights how more and more metal fans in the industry are finding ways to inject tunes from their favorite bands into major film and TV productions. Crisis is a dramatic thriller about the abduction of a schoolbus full of teens of rich and powerful D.C. parents and the FBI’s attempts to hunt down their kidnappers, whose demands remain a mystery. The show stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Dermot Mulroney (Stoker), Lance Gross (Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne) and Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue).
An NBC rep confirmed that the song will remain in the final cut of the pilot. This recalls the time I heard Judas Priest’s “Electric Eye” used in an unfinished cut of Toy Story 3. I know there are some headbangers in the Pixar animation crew, but Disney is not exactly metal friendly, so that song did not make the film’s final cut. Then again, given a few more years, who knows what metal tunes (and in what form) we could be hearing in Hollywood productions?