What does it sound like?:
I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for rock/orchestra combinations especially in a live setting, anything from Purple’s Concerto For Group and Orchestra to Rick Wakeman’s Journey to The Centre of The Earth to Procol Harum’s concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Twenty years back, Metallica released S&M, a collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, then conducted by Michael Kamen, and to mark the anniversary band and orchestra reunited late last year for two shows in their hometown. Thus we have S&M2, which comes as both cd and bluray, and follows the same template as the original, only more so. There are, as you’d expect, a number of crossovers between the two releases, the biggest songs of course, and also No Leaf Clover, surely their best song never to make it on to a studio album. The set list is rather weighted towards the second half of their career, and to be honest not all of it works – some of the latter era songs aren’t quite up to the high standards set in their early days, and the section where the classical musicians take centre stage is, you sense, the point at which many in the audience took a toilet break. Nonetheless, this is one that will go down very well with metal fans, and the epic closing run of One, Master of Puppets, Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman shows just what a titanic metal band at the peak of their powers sounds like when they do battle with an eighty piece orchestra!
What does it all *mean*?
Imagine songs like For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Memory Remains louder than you’ve ever heard them before and you’ll get an idea what to expect!
Goes well with…
Waking up the neighbours!
Might suit people who like…
Symphonic rock with an extra helping of bombast.