Metallica frontman James Hetfield appears in the documentary, 'Absent,' slated for release on DVD next month. The moving documentary showcases Hetfield talking about his personal struggles as a teen when his father, Virgil Hetfield, abandoned the family when the singer was only 13 years old.

"He left without saying goodbye," Hetfield recalls in the documentary. "He left a note, and it wasn’t even to me. I wasn’t the man ... I wasn’t taught to step up."

Over time, the elder Hetfield made an attempt to reconnect with his famous son and was even filmed in a brief interview for the band's 1992 two-part documentary, 'Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica,' which was based around the making of the group's 'The Black Album.'

During Hetfield's on-camera interview for 'Absent,' he unearths the emotional undertakings he faced while trying to re-establish a relationship with his father. "It feels so weird saying this but, I really tried to get close with him again ... get back together ... but it was never close. [It was] very surface-y."

'Absent' is set for release on Sept. 5, but fans can now pre-order the DVD for $19.95 by clicking here. The DVD features the full-length documentary, as well as bonus features including a Q&A session with Hetfield and filmmaker James Hunt, and their recent appearance on Fox News Network's 'Fox & Friends.'

Watch the Official Trailer for 'Absent' Featuring James Hetfield