Metallica: S&Mby Andrew Krause.
|Album 1||Album 2|
|The Call of Ktulu||Nothing Else Matters|
|Master of Puppets||Until It Sleeps|
|Of Wolf and Man||For Whom The Bell Tolls|
|The Thing That Should Not Be||Human|
|Fuel||Wherever I May Roam|
|The Memory Remains||Outlaw Torn|
|No Leaf Clover||Sad But True|
|Hero of the Day||One|
|Devils Dance||Enter Sandman|
These discs are the normal 44.1 kHz 16 bit PCM variety, and do not contain any multimedia tracks. The sound quality is okay, but keep in mind this is a live performance, so certain aspects of the tone will be emphasized.
If you want to know why Metallica rocks, it's their concerts. This disc was almost like being at a live Metallica show. However, being recorded live is not what makes S&M so dynamic. It's the first major release by ANY band that combines Heavy Metal with Symphonic music, and in my opinion, it was a fine first date. Recorded live at the Berkeley Community Theater (in Berkeley California, surprise) with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Micheal Kamen conducting, the engineers tried to carefully balance the awesome power of a symphony with the edgy amplified sound of a heavy metal concert. In my opinion, they could have used more emphasis on the symphony, but they're not exactly overpowered.
None of the songs are particularly new, if you're a true Metallica fan, except for No Leaf Clover and Human. However, they have been rearranged for the sake of the orchestra, which adds considerable weight to the signature mood swings of Metallica's music. The "Ecstasy of Gold" (originally by Ennio Morricone, whose excellent orchestral work for soundtracks include "The Mission", and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", from which this song comes) makes a great intro, with soft subtle sax, strings, and percussion. Then, we lead into "The Call of Ktulu', a Metallica instrumental classic from "Ride The Lightning".
In all, this album is very powerful. I strongly recommend listening to it, at very high volumes, especially when driving.