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For the last half decade, heavy-metal titans Metallica have strived to expand their musical palette while making heavy metal more palatable to the mainstream. They explored southern rock, blues, and psychedelia with LOAD (1996) and RELOAD (1997); they covered their favorite punk and popular artists (Misfits, Mercyful Fate,


For the last half decade, heavy-metal titans Metallica have strived to expand their musical palette while making heavy metal more palatable to the mainstream. They explored southern rock, blues, and psychedelia with LOAD (1996) and RELOAD (1997); they covered their favorite punk and popular artists (Misfits, Mercyful Fate, Nick Cave, Bob Seeger) on their double CD of covers, GARAGE INC. (1998); and they tinkered with electronica on remixes with Moby and DJ Spooky. But Metallica's most grandiose accomplishment took place last year when the band joined forces with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony to recontextualize much of Metallica's back catalog. The bold, unlikely pairing is captured in all its sonic glory on S&M, a two-disc live CD. Slow-burning tracks like "Until It Sleeps," "For Whom the Bell Tolls, "Nothing Else Matters," and the instrumental "The Call of Ktulu" are most effective, as their mid-paced tempos allow the orchestra the most breathing room. But the thundering fare of "Master of Puppets," "Battery," and "Of Wolf and Man" are also dynamic and undeniably ear-pleasing. Considering how ambitious Metallica have become in just a few years, a four-part, triple-disc heavy-metal opera can't be too far off.

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All Music Guide - Gina Boldman
After 1988's ...And Justice for All, Metallica pared down its progressive, heavy metal sound. During the '90s, the band's studio releases grew slicker and more produced, resulting in mostly radio-friendly, good ol' boy metal. By the end of the decade, Metallica was established as the pioneer of modern metal, but the band hadn't done anything innovative, arguably, in ten years. In April 1999, the group performed two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and the result was S&M, a two-disc collection of the concerts. Overall, the album successfully pairs violin strings with guitar strings, but it's no surprise that the best tracks here are the older songs; their multi-layered, compositional style works well with symphonic arrangements. "Master of Puppets," "Call of the Ktulu," "One," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" sound richer and fuller with violin, trumpet, clarinet, harp, trombone, and flute accompaniments, but "Sad but True," "Devil's Dance," and especially "Of Wolf and Man" range from haphazard and melodramatic to uninspired. S&M definitely has its moments, and not just with the pre-Black Album material: "Fuel" surpasses the furious pumping energy of the studio version, "Hero of the Day" stays poignant throughout, and "Until It Sleeps" has a wonderfully sinister feel. James Hetfield maintains his madman persona from beginning to end, laughing maniacally and grunting and growling at all the right moments. Overall, the symphony adds a macabre, ghoulish atmosphere -- it all sounds like a Broadway freak show or a revved-up Danny Elfman nightmare. Which is exactly what a Metallica album should sound like, even if every song isn't the best (or most appropriate) in the band's catalog.

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Performance Credits

Metallica   Primary Artist
Michael Kamen   Conductor
Bruce Roberts   Horn
Daniel Kobialka   Violin
Don Ehrlich   Viola
Glenn Fischthal   Trumpet
Julie Ann Giacobassi   Oboe
David Goldblatt   Violin
Kirk Hammett   Guitar
James Hetfield   Guitar,Vocals
Yukiko Kamei   Violin
Craig Morris   Trumpet
Jason Newsted   Bass
Paul Renzi   Flute
Jonathan Ring   Horn
Nanci Severance   Viola
Marc Shapiro   Keyboards
Pamela Smith   Oboe
Lars Ulrich   Drums
Geraldine Walther   Viola
Michael Gerling   Violin
Judiyaba   Violin
Anne Pinsker   Violin
Douglas Rioth   Harp
James Smelser   Horn
Christina King   Viola
Melissa Kleinbart   Violin
Rob Weir   Bassoon
Chris Bogios   Trumpet
Paul Brancato   Violin
Jeff Budin   Trombone
John Engelkes   Trombone
Laurence Epstein   Bass
Ray Froelich   Percussion
Thomas Hemphill   Percussion
Frances Jeffrey   Violin
Stephen Tramontozzi   Bass
Peter Wahrhaftig   Tuba
Jeremy Constant   Violin,Concert Master
Artie Storch   Percussion
David Herbert   Timpani
Eric Achen   Horn
Richard Andaya   Violin
Daniel Banner   Violin
Luis Beez   Clarinet
Enrique Bocedi   Violin
Barara Bogatin   Violin
Steven Braunstein   Bassoon
Jill Rachuy Brindel   Violin
Charles Chandler   Bass
Anthony J. Cirone   Percussion
Catherine Down   Violin
Gina Feinauer   Viola
Bruce Freifeld   Violin
Connie Gantsweg   Violin
Joshua Garrett   Horn
David Gaudry   Viola
Chris Gilbert   Bass
Yasuko Hattori   Violin
Tom Hornig   Trombone
Douglas Hull   Horn
Eugene Izotov   Oboe
Naomi Kazama   Violin
Kum Mo Kim   Violin
Chumming Mo Kobialka   Violin
Rudolph Kremer   Violin
Kelly Leon-Pearce   Violin
Yun Jie Liu   Viola
Linda Lukas   Flute
Seth Mausner   Viola
Andrew McCandless   Trumpet
Diane Nicholeris   Violin
Florin Parvulescu   Violin
Stephen Paulson   Bassoon
Catherine Payne   Flute
Sheryl Renk   Clarinet
William Ritchen   Bass
Victor Romasevich   Violin
Philip Santos   Violin
Peter Shelton   Violin
Anthony Striplen   Clarinet
David Teie   Violin
Paul Welcomer   Trombone
S. Mark Wright   Bass
Robert Ward   Horn

Technical Credits

Chris Boardman   Orchestration
Michael Kamen   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Kirk Hammett   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer,Producer
Stephen McLaughlin   Engineering
Bob Rock   Producer,Engineer
Randy Staub   Engineer
Lars Ulrich   Composer,Producer
Brad Warnaar   Orchestration
Cliff Burton   Composer
Geoffrey Alexander   Orchestration
Bruce Babcock   Orchestration
Pete Anthony   Orchestration
Jonathan Sacks   Orchestration
Ted Allen   Orchestration
Bob Elhai   Orchestration
Blake Neely   Orchestration

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S&M 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The perfect blending of musical genres. The rich, powerful tones of Metallica recieves a completion, a fulfillment, an originality by including a symphony that sets a new standard of audio quality that few bands will be able to replicate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to Metallica for years and in my opinion they have yet to let me down this album is no exception. I also think it really expresses their willingness to try new things. A symphony and Metallica who would have ever thought it would have been such a perfect combo. BUY IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with everyone in giving this album 5 stars, but just barely. Metallica just re-plays (again) all their old stuff, adding only two new songs. These songs are at best playable at home, but probably not large volume sellers, and I doubt will have any radio time after the initial push. As to coming up with something new, Metallica almost fails. However, that being said, Metallica does something
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always thought of myself as a weird person when it came to my taste in music. I loved heavy metal, especially metallica, megadeth and iron maiden. They are by far, the best and most trustworthy buys when purchasing a cd by a metal band. I also love new age/classical type of music. It was justy two extremes of the spectrum on my part and all my friends thought I had a strange musical inclinations. Metallica changed that point of view. With this album it has proven that both worlds of the industry can come together and create a symphony that is not just mundane, but unique in style and structure. A number of people have complained that Metallica simply overwhelms the orchestra and you can hardly hear the music playing in the background. It just never hit them that the orchestra have no right to dictate their power on the band's music. They just can't take turns like a duet, it will ruin the original version and vision of that song. I listen to the cd and think of it as two entities joining together. Metallica on one side and the orchestra on the other. By coming together, they have created something out of this world and very powerful indeed. I can't imagine this cd not becoming classic Metallica through the coming years. The band struck gold when they not only came out with the idea of a live album, but a greatest hits kind and an extra treat of having an orchestra with them to create an original and soothing new sound to old favorites. The album also features two new songs, Human and No Leaf Clover. When I heard Clover, I was thinking,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CD's I have ever purchased. From the moment that I heard of this venture I have waited patiently to acquire my copy. I have been a big fan of Metallica's for only about the last 10 years, but this celebration of more than 20 years of incredible music tops my charts!! The hard hitting music of Metallica paired with the incredible reaches of Michael Kamen and the SF Orchestra is incredible. I can't stop listening to it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Metallica's albums up till Garage Inc. which was just sad. With most of the material consisting of songs that could not cut it in the past and the other half covers. Now with S&M, its all the hits of the old ablums with a slight twist and just two new tracks. You use to be able to count on Metallica for some original tunes, but with the two previous albums it's the same old stuff with slight changes. I expect we will see a couple live and best of albums in the near future so all involved can cash in even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are no words to describe this joint venture of Metallica, Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Orchestra. It is pure genius on all 3 cohorts parts. Who would've ever thought Metallica and classical music can combine such as they have. It is trully amazing and electrifying the only thing that would be better than this cd would be to have been there live - I could only imagine and wish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Metallica fan and I think this is great, I have all the other albums, the box set, and even a few bootlegs, and this surpasses them all almost. I conceed though that they could have used a bit more new material, but the old stuff rocks and deserved the classical make-over that was given them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do the math: talent + talent = THE collection One is amazed at how the two seemingly entirely different performers can compliment each other and create a totally KICK A$$ Album!!! Listen up, smoke up, rewind, smoke up again...
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I am sick of all these close minded people complaining that Metallica has sold out. We are talking about the best heavy metal band in music history. Haven't people ever heard of expanding your horizons. Metallica has such a mind for music, that they love to experiment and fiddle with music pieces and instruments. This cd was unbelieveable. The way the symphony and Metallica calaborated to create a musical work of art. In my mind, Metallica has not ran out of things to write. In fact, they are coming out with a new cd this year. I am so amazed at this band, it is impossable to compare then to anyone. They are in a class of their own. In my mind there is heavy metal/hard rock and then there is Metallica.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The orchestra adds a feeling of raw, erie agression that has not been present since the 'black' album. The new songs are excelent! Even with a little more class,it`s still the same Metallica! KICK @$$, ROCK ON!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one group that has not changed its sound over the years, and they are still as great now as when they came out in the late 70's, this album is a true masterpiece, and adding the sf orcestra, was just ingenious, no other metal band would attempt this. The comment that was made about them being sellouts because they cut there hair was just garbage, because no matter how they look they are the ones making this great metal music, they have stuck by what they started years ago and it still kicks. i just hope they continue to make more kickbutt albums like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could be the best live concert ever turned into a cd. The sound is overpowering and lifting, yet with the eerie and ominous sound that Metallica had weaned from during the past few years. The great songs sound better than before, because we know the songs yet, they are new to us, with a more power than four people could produce. I've listened to the 21 tracks almost constantly, with no skipping tracks, the continuity is evident and consequently it sounds simply amazing, as one flow of music. Hetfield continues to amaze, Lars is great and Hammett, could be the best new guitarists of the past 15 years. Get the cd, even if metals not quite your thing, no one can be dissapointed with this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name is Eric, I bought S&M the day it came out, and have since lost it. I was convinced to buy the album when I went into a Sam Goody, and fuel was on the sound system. I asked the clerk standing the closest to me what it was, and she said it was the new Metallica. Well needless to say I bought it about five minutes later and hadn't put it doown till I lost it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it is Metallica's best work yet. The sympony adds a lot to the sound and makes it awesome. The best CD I have in my entire collection is this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this CD for two months and have listened to it nearly nonstop. I heard some people saying that they don't like what Metallica has done here, but all my friends and I agree that the merging of an orchastra and heavy rock sounds awsome. I would like to see more artists do this also. I think this is one of the best CDs they have made yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you are considering buying a new cd then the new Metallica albulm is a way to go. It has a lot of great songs stuffed onto 2 cd'd including enter sandman and there new song call no leaf clover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love metallica!! James is the Bomd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not many people or groups have crossed the line of orchestra and rock and succeeded, but this is Metallica and they can do pretty much anything. I love this one and loved the older ones and will love whatever they decide to do next. Everyone hold on Metallica's going to take them all!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best cd i have ever heard of metallica yeah the thought of metallica being with a symphany sounds wierd but it is great. they did a great job and are defiently the best out there
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a Metallica Fan you BETTER have this one in your collection!! Metallica is without a doubt the Best Band Ever!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now, before you dismiss this album because you don't think you like rock bands, or you don't think you like Symphony Orchestras, or you don't think you like the two mixing together, give it a chance! This album's sound is unlike any other ever, because of the mix of great rock tunes and the color the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra adds. Metallica throws in both old and new songs, including a few previously unreleased tracks (like 'No Leaf Clover', a personal favorite of mine). Another curious thing about this double-cd set is that those who don't like Metallica's stereotyped style will quickly discover the band is also in to the other end of the spectrum, soft tunes with extremely deep meanings. For example, get a load of 'Nothing Else Matters.' This is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion, and mostly because the softer tone lends itself to the orchestra very well. Of course, Metallica fans know the metal side is thrown in there too, with favorites like 'Enter Sandman' and 'Master Of Puppets.' If you have the means, I highly recommend this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard that Metallica and a symphony were playing together, I thought that would be terrible. Then I heard No Leaf Clover on the radio. It was incredible. I bought the CD and haven't been disappointed. The symphony adds a more demoinic sound that Metallica alone, could not make. It sounds really good on songs like ''Of Wolf and Man,'' ''One,'' and ''No Leaf Clover.'' There old songs are better than ever, with their pulsing beats and great symphony undertone. ''No Leaf Clover'' and ''- Human'' are two great songs. You must buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is one of the best of metallica!! It has all the best song and tunes!! All the songs sound better. this cd kicks but!!! The music seems fuller and the symphany does a good job of playing with the band. On some songs owever I think that the band ruined the songs. Other wise the cd was very good.