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  • Quoting the words of James Hetfield, “Did you hear the one about the rock band that wanted to play in a symphony?” Better yet, of all the possible choices, can you imagine that band being Metallica? A year after releasing Garage Inc., the boys from San Francisco are back with their first live album since the Binge & Purge set. S&M – get your mind out of the gutter – brings us a compilation that no one could have expected. Just how do you put the voice of lead singer/guitar James Hetfield, the amazing solos of guitarist Kirk Hammett, the head-banging of bassist Jason Newsted, and the thumping of drummer Lars Ulrich together with the strings of the Michael Kamen’s San Francisco Symphony? Forget about how it was done – just prepare to be amazed.The album was recorded back in April when the two groups met for a performance in Berkley, CA and contains material from the band’s previous albums including Enter Sandman, Master of Puppets, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and One. The group complements these classics with two brand new songs, No Leaf Clover and Minus Human, both highlighted by great melody from the symphony.The first of the double-CD set features an opening with Ecstasy of Gold and The Call of Ktulu, featuring a great instrumental performance by the symphony. The `Tallica boys soon turn things up with Master of Puppets, Hero of the Day, Fuel, and The Memory Remains, along with other familiar tracks from Load and Re-Load.In the second half of the set, we are treated to classics like Wherever I May Roam, Sad But True, Nothing Else Matters, and One. Other works from the self-titled album known as Black, Load, Master of Puppets, and …And Justice for All of finish off the performance.S&M will satisfy both long-time Metallica fans, as well as the newer ones. There may not be many new songs, but the performance with the symphony shines a whole new light on the classics.

    Posted on January 21, 2010