The music video for 'St. Anger,' the lead single from the album of the same name, found Metallica stepping out of their comfort zones. Teaming up with directors Emmett and Brendan Malloy, the band decided to film their performance of the crushing song at San Quentin State Prison in California.

Hundreds of San Quentin inmates got to watch Metallica perform 'St. Anger,' and the video debuted on May 27, 2003, less than a week before the release of the album. In addition to performing the song for the filming of the video, Metallica also played a special mini-concert for the inmates.

'St. Anger' is the first Metallica music video to feature bassist Robert Trujillo. Even though Trujillo didn't play on the studio album, he joined Metallica right before filming began for the video, thus his inclusion as a member of the band. The Malloys' music video was nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.