Metallica
S&M2


4.5
superb

Review

by guaquino USER (1 Reviews)
September 27th, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 08/28/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who would have guessed it? They still got it.

It's quite amazing that S&M (first one) was 20 years ago. It's also quite amazing to me that James Hetfield was only 36 years old when S&M when they recorded that. Being 36yo myself nowadays (and a long time fan of Metallica since 1996, when aged 13y) , I cannot imagine having the background which James and the 'tallica boys had back there in 1999: world famous, loved and acclaimed, and having already written some of the most iconic and classic songs of heavy music of all times.

Fast forward 20 years, and it's evident that age has slowed them down a bit, but then again how could it not? While still able to write some amazing songs like THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES, HALO ON FIRE and others, it's clear Metallica is not the force of nature they were during the 80's and 90's, which is perfectly OK, since there are many other great musicians doing great things and Heavy Metal in particular is the genre that most consistently has great music being offered to the fans each year.

So, we find ourselves in 2019, James and the boys are reaching their 60y and they decide to revisit one of the more famous live albums in heavy metal history. This honestly could suck... It could just be a rerash of the previous S&M (though to be honest, sometimes it seems, as they could have used less songs than were already played), but as it turns out, this show ends up being more of a celebration of the almost 40 years of this band history, while also happening to homage their most famous live concert and at the same time being an awesome listen and showing some surprising "new" stull, like the symphonic versions of the songs from their 2 last albums, the beautiful acoustic version of a ST Anger song (All Within My Hands, which was somewhat lacklustre and now has become a "must listen" on this album), the beautiful interpretation of Unforgiven 3, and finally some surprises like a visit to 1983's Anaesthesia by the late, great, Cliff. However, what makes this album above the average, is the fact that the guys (and symphony!) are just nailing each song. The old classics also sound amazing, even though this is not a "fresh" band anymore. You can tell they are having a lot of fun playing this, and the production values are top notch. And when you mix these great versions of old songs, with the high quality entries from new songs and totally fresh takes on some classics, you get an amazing winner of an album, that while not mandatory for usual listeners, is certainly a MUST HAVE by fans of the band.


user ratings (55)
3.4
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rockandmetaljunkie
September 27th 2020


9344 Comments


Cash grab as always ;)

Nice review, a bit "nostalgic" one could say

Storm In A Teacup
September 27th 2020


30766 Comments


oh shit this is real? crazy. i will pick through it and listen to some stuff, not the whole thing tho, good first review, you might want to go back and proof it a bit tho, that first couple lines had some major flow issue with an extra word popping up in there lol

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parksungjoon
September 27th 2020


22300 Comments


yeah id be shocked if this is anything but a waste of time

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Storm In A Teacup
September 27th 2020


30766 Comments


the two songs i'm gonna try are For Whom the Bell Tolls and Wherever I May Roam and if they are good i'll also try Master of Puppets and Sandman.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2020


12017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

Not a bad album.

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MaryBabko
September 27th 2020


600 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No.

Just no.

Because no.

Rastapunk
September 28th 2020


1367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hetfield's voice is definetly not as good as it was on the first one but this a good one too.



Loved the classical parts at the beginning of the second CD.

ABond
October 1st 2020


334 Comments


"Hetfield's voice is definetly not as good as it was on the first one"
Partially because half of his vocals on S&M1 are in-studio re-recordings and the rest is auto-tuned to shit, while S&M2 is 100% live audio. (This actually applies to pretty much everything on S&M vs S&M2)

wildinferno2010
October 1st 2020


1083 Comments


I don't think Ivve ever seen Metallica referred to as "James and the boys" before. Not sure it works

I might listen to this sometime

guaquino
October 17th 2020


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hi guys, thanks for the replies.



A quick comment, English is not my main language, so I get it that my writing can be a bit odd.



I was not expecting to like this so much as I did. I have always been a huge Metallica fan, but these last 10 years, I listened very little to their music. This live album, however, got me hooked up again, it's that good.

TheAntichrist
October 17th 2020


555 Comments


lars snare

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guitarsix
October 25th 2020


3 Comments


Great album,,,but they have been working on a quarantine album. Any word on that???

rodrigo90
October 25th 2020


6439 Comments


I'm still pretty mad that much of the original setlist remained the same. They had 20 FUCKING YEARS TO GIVE THE CONDUCTOR THE MUSIC SHEETS.



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