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Metallica - S&M review


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Band: Metallica
Album: S&M
Release date: November 1999

Disc I
01. The Ecstasy Of Gold [Ennio Morricone cover]
02. The Call Of Ktulu
03. Master Of Puppets
04. Of Wolf And Man
05. The Thing That Should Not Be
06. Fuel
07. The Memory Remains
08. No Leaf Clover
09. Hero Of The Day
10. Devil's Dance
11. Bleeding Me

Disc II
01. Nothing Else Matters
02. Until It Sleeps
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. - Human
05. Wherever I May Roam
06. Outlaw Torn
07. Sad But True
08. One
09. Enter Sandman
10. Battery

Symphony & Metallica is a strange musical experiment: Metallica meets the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
After writing the orchestration for Nothing Else Matters, conductor Michael Kamen invited The Four Horsemen to play live with an orchestra. And seven years later here's the result: some people loves it, some other hates it. I'm neutral.

First of all, I don's like the orchestra score because it doesn's fit in. Classical instruments frequently play parts totally different from what the band play: instead of accompanying and strengthening the original melodies, it seems just like the classical musicians play a different song. It is really a pity, because I can imagine the perfect score in my head!
I respect Michael Kamen, because he has worked with many rock artists such as Pink Floyd and Bryan Adams, but this time he has really disappointed me.

Production is good: every instrument has a bright, clean sound. But, in my opinion, the orchestra volume level is too loud and some guitar parts are buried. James? voice is not energic and some old songs feel the effects of it.
There is a pair of new songs, No Leaf Clover and ?Human: nice tunes, but nothing special.

The biggest error is in the tracklist! How could they plan to play Fuel, Battery, The Memory Remains, Wherever I May Roam leaving out The Unforgiven?! Heavy tunes can be revisited with an orchestra: it might be funny! But how could you leave out Fade To Black when you know you're going to play with dozen of violinists?! Aaaarrrrggh !!!
In my opinion, this could have been a great experiment with the following tracklist:
The Ecstasy Of Gold, Fade To Black, My Friend Of Misery (instrumental demo version), The Unforgiven, The Outlaw Torn, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Orion, Nothing Else Matters, Thorn Within, Devil's Dance, Enter Sandman, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Master Of Puppets (slow instrumental part), The Unforgiven II, Fixxxer, One, To Live Is To Die, Low Man's Lyric, Hero Of The Day, Blackened, Seek & Destroy.
I like that Seek & Destroy down there! It's a pity that no orchestra will ever play Kill ?Em All (maybe one day Apocalyptica will!).

Finally, if you're interested in buying S & M, I do not suggest you to buy the double live album. You?d better buy the DVD video, it's fantastic: 4 personalized cameras on 4 songs, 5.1 Dolby Surround, a 40 minutes documentary, bonus footage (see Jason destroying a violin!) and separate audio tracks for band and orchestra (this means that you can even select ?band only? or ?orchestra only?!): a great live concert.

Written by The Silent Man | 09.11.2003


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Ten years after hitting their highest standards, Metallica felt that it was the time to make a change in their overall sound. "...And Justice for All" was certainly a major contribution to progressive music, but to their own opinion, not their best product. After having felt that they over-produced the Justice album, shorter songs, simpler riffs and less experimentation followed. The "radio-friendly" period, The 90's, were certainly the most successful and controversial times for the band.

published 20.07.2009 | Comments (12)


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21.10.2006 - 03:27
Rosetta Stoned
I think this is the best Metallica release. Some songs don't fit, and some newer songs are pretty boring, but some songs: shit! What a wall of sound! Awesome! I'm talking about The Call Of Ktulu, Of Wold and Man, Fuel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Wherever I may Roam and Battery... well, some other songs are good aswell but some don't fit with the orchestra very well, like you said in the review - the orchestra should be strenghtening instead of playing something else (master of puppets especially). The tracklist is a bit bad aswell, but mine would look different to yours... everyone would pick a different one! Awesome audiance as well!
I have to say that except from the two intro songs, Fuel is the best song here. Not that it's the best song otherwise, but with the orchestra... it's so powerful! Great version of the song, really.
21.10.2006 - 04:54
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I would have given this release a lower score, let's say, a 2. The orchestra simply did not fit in with the intense speed and aggression of a band like Metallica. That, and this is another display of Metallica's greed, as they wish only to make more money.
23.10.2006 - 15:45
I think James' voice in this album is particularly good. And I think some songs were well suported by the orchestra like "the call of ktulu", "no leaf clover" and "the things that should not be". Then there are just poor songs that Metallica did that wouldnt work even with an orchestra (in my opinion) like "devil's dance" and "minus human" being two examples of that.
Their best songs "master of puppets", "battery", "wherever i may roam" , "one", "sad but true" and "from whom the bells tools" should be left in their place. Trying to incorporate the orchestra with them wasnt a good idea, and even if it was it didnt work for me.

Nevertheless, the band ability is high and James sang well. It's an enjoyable album for me. I would rate it just about the same as u did.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
26.10.2006 - 13:58
Weeping Heart
Yes I agree that this a lbum gave Metallicas' songs a new viewpoint I love every song on this album,
and I also agree that getting the DVD is way better than the double-disc audio CDs
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10.02.2008 - 23:48
I R Serious Cat
6.0? pfft.
This is IMo one of tehbest live albums ever, spite the not so amazing tracklist. Damn they should've palyed Disposable Heroes, Am I Evil, Holier Than Thou... but it's still a great album.
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25.03.2008 - 09:51
Liver Failure
I love when bands do this kind of work, this one is a classic. The Disc II has the best songs. Best Metallica album of all time.

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23.10.2008 - 02:44
Land Of Doom
The Best Albam Of Metallica Perfect Guitar By James And The Best Songs Are Sud But True , One And Nithing Else Matters
We Only Fear What Comes
And Smell Death Every Day
Search For The Answers That Lie Beyond
26.11.2009 - 17:36
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Uirapuru on 25.03.2008 at 09:51

I love when bands do this kind of work, this one is a classic. The Disc II has the best songs. Best Metallica album of all time.

oh please you can't be serious have you not heard ride the lightning or master of puppets!!!! those are pure gold!!!! this is alright but definitly not their best
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