Metallica - S&M2
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Based on 10 reviews
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Based on 53 ratings
2020 Ratings: #163
Liked by 5 people
August 28, 2020 / Release Date
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No mere nostalgia trip, S&M2 stands as a tribute both to Metallica’s growing confidence as players and composers, and an absolute vindication of their decision to revisit one of their most inspired creative outings.

Classic Rock

S&M2 is a success on the grandest of scales.

Consequence of Sound

Overall, everything is brighter here versus the original S&M. It’s a celebration of Metallica, their fans, and their music. Let this version of S&M2 be the one that’s remembered.


Metal grandees' second live set with San Francisco ork.

Metal Hammer

S&M 2 offers an inspired and eye-opening view into not just the shared heritage of classical music and heavy metal, but into the spirit of innovation and to endless vistas awaiting exploration.


'S&M2' sees the band happily rip through their back catalog, supercharged once more by a talented orchestra and some hardcore fans.


What makes S&M2 so absorbing and entertaining is how all the musicians involved embrace both the ridiculousness and seriousness of their endeavor, creating a glorious overblown noise impressive in its ambition, heft and unspoken absurdity.

Slant Magazine

Taken on its own merits ... S&M2 is a largely thrilling experience.


A chiefly fans-only document that adds more needless orchestration to already orchestral metal songs.

Guys... is this too predictable? I mean yeah of course the dude who fanboys Metallica would love this right? Oh well, as predictable as the score is, I stand by it.

"We are here to have fun"

DAMN RIGHT! This is fun damnit. But fun isn't the only thing this album is also pretty tasteful, Metallica and The Symphony aren't here just to play Metallica hits with a bit of orchestration behind them. This time they also play a few (2) classical pieces, the Iron Foundry, this very metal ... read more

S&M2 was inevitably going to happen. The first one was such a huge success and is still seen to this day as one of the best live metal albums ever, and with Metallica's discography growing so much since then, there's so much more material for them to experiment with this symphonic sound. Surely they could make so many more new and exciting songs sound even fresher and even more exciting? Well, we may never know, because this album is half a rehash of the previous S&M ... read more
hey! i mean the first few tracks are cool and (anestesia) pulling teeth is absolutely beautiful, but every single other track here got me bored out of my mind. still i'm ready to call (anestesia) pulling teeth one of the best live performances if the 21st century, absolutely beautiful, boundary-pushing music that i can't help but love.

honestly sad that something that started so good had to end so.. mid. BUT there are still multiple absoluteky perfect tracks that make up for it, and bump it ... read more
I could have used more variation in the setlist, but James's voice ripping through the old classics more than made it up for me. The production value is amazing, the synergy between the band and the symphony is something to behold. They play off each other really well. The highlight, as expected was the Outlaw Torn.
james is sounding fucking great. really giving me hope for their upcoming quarantine album. as for the performance itself, it's more or less a rehash of the original s&m, and while that is somewhat disappointing, i honestly don't mind that much as it still makes for a very good performance
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Track List

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. The Call of Ktulu
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  4. The Day that Never Comes
  5. The Memory Remains
  6. Confusion
  7. Moth Into Flame
  8. The Outlaw Torn
  9. No Leaf Clover
  10. Halo On Fire
  11. Intro to Scythian Suite
  12. Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God and the Dance of the Dark Spirits
  13. Intro to The Iron Foundry
  14. The Iron Foundry, Opus 19
  15. The Unforgiven III
  16. All Within My Hands
  17. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
  18. Wherever I May Roam
  19. One
  20. Master of Puppets
  21. Nothing Else Matters
  22. Enter Sandman
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Added on: July 15, 2020