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Founded in Los Angeles, USA in 1981 - Still active as of 2018

METALLICA is a heavy metal band; Although not directly a progressive-metal band, their influence on the genre is undeniable, not only due to the mark their music made in major acts like DREAM THEATER or FATES WARNING, but also because at least two of their early albums are considered by most prog-metal experts as pioneering efforts in the genre, and arguably progressive-metal's first real albums. Though METALLICA's music gradually became less progressive with each subsequent release, their first four records are amongst the most forward-thinking in metal's history, and have been widely regarded as masterpieces without which the progressive-metal genre would not be what it is today.

It all started when Danish drummer and amateur tennis star Lars Ulrich moved from his homeland to the United States in 1979. Although his original intention was to become a successful tennis player, he soon traded his racket for a pair of drumsticks as he decided to live his passion for heavy metal and bands like IRON MAIDEN and DIAMOND HEAD. This latter one played a particularly important role in the drummer's development when they allowed him to tour with them after he went to see the group play live in the United Kingdom in 1981.

1981 was also the year where Ulrich met guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, after the latter answered to an announcement in a newspaper looking for a guitarist to "jam to the music of TYGERS OF PAN TANG, DIAMOND HEAD and IRON MAIDEN" that Lars had posted days ago. The two would become partners and the main creative force behind the band which they soon created, called METALLICA. To record a song for an upcoming metal compilation, METALLICA looked for a lead guitarist. After unsuccessfully trying out Lloyd Grant on the first recording of "Hit the Lights", which was met with favorable comments from the underground metal community, they found a more stable line-up when they hired Dave Mustaine to replace him. With Hetfield's high school friend Ron McGovney joining them on bass, they re-recorded "Hit the Lights" for the second edition of the Metal Massacre compilation and several other demos that helped them make their name known in the world wide metal underground.

McGovney wouldn't last long as his lackluster skills were soon eclipsed by the mastery of the instrument that Hetfield and Ulrich were able to behold in the hands of Cliff Burton when they saw him...
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METALLICA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.46 | 552 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.11 | 727 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.13 | 856 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.97 | 704 ratings
... And Justice For All
1988
3.28 | 606 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.51 | 422 ratings
Load
1996
2.21 | 419 ratings
Reload
1997
1.74 | 462 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.31 | 465 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.07 | 287 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.42 | 164 ratings
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2016
3.06 | 43 ratings
72 Seasons
2023

METALLICA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 78 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.87 | 15 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 198 ratings
S & M
1999
3.41 | 11 ratings
Through the Never
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the AWMH Helping Hands Concert - December 16, 2022
2022

METALLICA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.62 | 34 ratings
Cliff 'Em All
1987
2.49 | 16 ratings
2 of One
1989
3.21 | 20 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Pt. 1
1992
3.72 | 20 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica... Continued (Pt. 2)
1992
4.00 | 26 ratings
Cunning Stunts
1998
3.70 | 69 ratings
S&M
1999
2.38 | 8 ratings
The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler
2000
3.28 | 23 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica
2001
3.68 | 49 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
3.93 | 14 ratings
Live in San Diego
2005
3.51 | 21 ratings
The Videos 1989-2004
2006
1.11 | 9 ratings
Metallica - Kill Em All To St. Anger (The World's Greatest Albums)
2006
3.83 | 12 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
Orgullo, pasión y gloria: Tres noches en la Ciudad de México
2009
3.29 | 14 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
2012
2.93 | 23 ratings
Through the Never
2014
3.55 | 13 ratings
S&M 2
2020

METALLICA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.75 | 8 ratings
The Good, the Bad and the Live
1990
3.46 | 151 ratings
Garage Inc.
1998
3.38 | 8 ratings
Vinyl Box Set
2004
3.75 | 3 ratings
Death Magnetic (Mastered for iTunes)
2015

METALLICA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 8 ratings
No Life 'til Leather (Demo)
1982
2.69 | 26 ratings
Jump in the Fire
1983
3.65 | 29 ratings
Creeping Death
1984
3.75 | 12 ratings
Whiplash
1984
4.50 | 2 ratings
For Whom the Bell Tolls
1984
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fade to Black
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
Master of Puppets
1986
3.23 | 57 ratings
The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987
3.17 | 4 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire
1987
2.57 | 14 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
1988
3.17 | 20 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
1988
3.90 | 31 ratings
One
1988
4.00 | 1 ratings
One (EP)
1989
2.69 | 17 ratings
Enter Sandman
1991
2.73 | 18 ratings
The Unforgiven
1991
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium
1992
3.38 | 16 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
1992
3.18 | 15 ratings
Sad But True
1992
3.44 | 16 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
1992
4.00 | 2 ratings
15 Pieces Of Live Shit promo
1993
2.50 | 12 ratings
One (Live)
1993
2.10 | 11 ratings
Until It Sleeps
1996
3.15 | 11 ratings
Hero Of The Day
1996
3.29 | 12 ratings
King Nothing
1996
2.50 | 8 ratings
Mama Said
1996
3.10 | 10 ratings
Fuel
1997
2.59 | 13 ratings
The Memory Remains
1997
2.46 | 13 ratings
The Unforgiven II
1997
3.67 | 3 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.43 | 7 ratings
Turn the Page
1998
2.86 | 14 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
1999
2.70 | 10 ratings
Die Die My Darling
1999
3.78 | 9 ratings
No Leaf Clover
1999
2.80 | 11 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
1999
2.74 | 26 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 3 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.58 | 10 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
2.47 | 15 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.66 | 16 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.13 | 20 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
2.00 | 3 ratings
Live Earth
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ecstasy of Gold
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
All Nightmare Long (EP)
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
All Nightmare Long (Radio Edit)
2008
3.29 | 17 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
2008
2.30 | 14 ratings
My Apocalypse
2008
2.48 | 12 ratings
Cyanide
2008
2.79 | 10 ratings
The Judas Kiss
2008
3.72 | 18 ratings
All Nightmare Long
2008
2.97 | 10 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
2009
2.07 | 12 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
2010
2.65 | 8 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010
2.33 | 3 ratings
Live at Grimey's
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica / Black Sabbath: Frantic / Paranoid
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lou Reed & Metallica: The View
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Just a Bullet Away
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
Hate Train
2011
2.90 | 63 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
The First 30 Years
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ronnie Rising
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica & Lang Lang: One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lords of Summer
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lords of Summer (The Glitch Mob Remix)
2015
4.00 | 1 ratings
Hardwired
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Moth into Flame
2016
4.50 | 2 ratings
Atlas, Rise!
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Spit Out the Bone (Radio Edit)
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Blackened 2020
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: Moth into Flame
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: For Whom the Bell Tolls
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: All Within My Hands
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: Nothing Else Matters
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Donington '87
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Motherload
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Tread on Else Matters (SebastiAn Remix)
2021
0.00 | 0 ratings
Disappear (Leaked and Live)
2021
0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to Chris Cornell
2021
0.00 | 0 ratings
Blackened 2020 (EP)
2022
0.00 | 0 ratings
St. Anger Live Rarities
2022
2.50 | 2 ratings
Lux Æterna
2022
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Bridge School Benefit 1997
2022
3.00 | 2 ratings
Screaming Suicide
2023
0.00 | 0 ratings
Leftovers from The Black Album Box Set
2023
3.67 | 3 ratings
If Darkness Had a Son
2023
3.73 | 6 ratings
72 Seasons
2023
0.00 | 0 ratings
Too Far Gone? (Live at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - August 6, 2023)
2023

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 Kill 'Em All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.46 | 552 ratings

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Review by JakeTheGuitar2004

5 stars A Great Start For Metallica.

If I had to choose my favourite Metallica album, it would be this one. A lot of fans say that Master Of Puppets or Ride The Lightning is the greatest Metallica album, but for me this is all you need in a Metallica album for reasons coming up.

This is one of the greatest debut albums of all time, especially in Metal. This is I would say Metallicas best produced album as you can just hear the instruments so well and the bass sits in the mix perfectly.

This has got some amazing songs on here with Hit The Lights & The Four Horsemen being my personal favourites. But the very first song on this album is what makes Metallica so great.

A lot of mind blowing moments on here with Cliffs fantastic bass solo on Anesthesia. The lead guitar work from Kirk Hammett is also really great. It's so fast and aggressive and makes all of the songs so awesome.

This is just a great, heavy album as it is in that spot for being a great introduction to the legendary Thrash Metal band.

 Some Kind of Monster by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
2.13 | 20 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars 'Some Kind of Monster' is an EP released by Metallica in 2004 to coincide with the release of their documentary movie of the same name. Originally appearing on 2003's 'St. Anger', an album we're all familiar with for the wrong reasons, it's an okay song, but, like a lot of the tracks on that release, it's quite long, and can tend to drag at times.

But never mind, because we're also treated to six live tracks that? wait? hold on? these are the same live tracks that appeared on the 'Unnamed Feeling EP' which came out seven months earlier!

Okay, so thanks for that Metallica! So basically nothing new here, other than the edited version of 'Monster'. Pretty sure I could cope without that.

Overall, a pretty pointless EP, which as I said, was only there to tie-in with the movie. They could have at least given us some different live tracks, but ah well. Collectors like me will still snap this up anyway.

 72 Seasons by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.06 | 43 ratings

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Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "72 Seasons" is the eleventh full-length studio album by US heavy/thrash metal act Metallica (not counting "Lulu (2011)", which is a collaboration album with Lou Reed, and therefore shouldn´t be considered a Metallica album). The album was released through Blackened Recordings in April 2023. It´s the successor to "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" from November 2016.

Stylistically Metallica pretty much continue the heavy metal style of "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct", although they also add the occasional thrash/speed metal part to their music. The music is centered around heavy hard rocking riffs and rhythms, Kirk Hammet´s wha-wha effect laden blues rock influenced guitar solos, and James Hetfield´s distinct sounding commanding vocals. It´s the sound of a Metallica with nothing to prove and completely at ease with what they´re doing. There´s a mature confidence in the way the songs are constructed and the way they are performed, only a seasoned act like Metallica can produce. That unfortunately also means that some tracks are a bit too safe and predictable, and could rightly be called filler material, but "72 Seasons" is predominantly a good quality release.

Featuring 77:10 minutes of music "72 Seasons" is a very long album, and had the most unremarkable material been cut, it would arguably have made for a more intense and consistent quality release. Highlights include the opening title tracks, first single "Lux Æterna", and the closing 11:10 minutes long stoner metal/doom metal influenced "Inamorata". The latter is probably the only song on the album, where Metallica try something a bit different and I´d say it´s THE standout track on the album.

"72 Seasons" features a sound production which is powerful, organic, and detailed. It´s a sound production, which suits the material well and again it´s a feature of "72 Seasons", which is relatively similar to how "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" sounded. Compared to some of their most successful releases from the 90s, the sound production on "72 Seasons" is more stripped-down, simple, and organic. It works relatively well on most of the material, but the slightly faster tracks could have prospered from a more sharp sounding production.

Upon conclusion Metallica have created another good quality late career release (like they´ve done a few times post-2000). It won´t surprise you, and it won´t dethrone your favorites from the 80s/90s, but it´s a release which shows that Metallica still have a little fuel left in the tank. As mentioned above I think it would have been a stronger release, had some of the fat been trimmed and the playing time been shorter, but I´m sure the hardcore fans won´t complain. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 72 Seasons by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2023
3.73 | 6 ratings

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Review by Aussie_Philosopher

4 stars People Have been overly critical on this album, This is just about as good as Metallica gets, especially for heavy prog rock lovers. There's a real influence of old school prog like Motorhead but in a really new fresh way, the songs are quite progressive in nature (72 seasons, Inamorata 11mins long) together with some of the wickedest guitar solos from Kirk.

The mix has a lot of depth in a spatial audio sense so if you have a good hi fi rig this is a good listen although it lacks the presence in general but Metallica is aiming for intensity, density and power in their sound.

At the bare minimum it's a great album, not a absolute die hard masterpiece but a very good album and it's worth adding to the collection, keep supporting artists to do what they do.

 Death Magnetic (Mastered for iTunes) by METALLICA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.75 | 3 ratings

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Review by Prog Network

4 stars Metallica's Death Magnetic marked a return to the band's roots, following a period of poor albums. This album features some of the band's best tracks since the 1980s, including " That Was Just Your Life", "The Day That Never Comes", "Suicide & Redemption" and many more.

The "Mastered for iTunes" version of Metallica's Death Magnetic is a noticeable improvement from the original release. The album's dynamic range has been widened, resulting in clearer and more defined instrumentation, especially in the low end. The overall sound is less compressed, allowing for a more natural and enjoyable listening experience. The vocals are also more present and balanced in the mix. All in all, the "Mastered for iTunes" version of Death Magnetic is a significant upgrade that enhances the album's sonic quality.

After revisiting Metallica's "Death Magnetic" and comparing it to the "Mastered for iTunes" release, it's clear that the various improvements made to the album have elevated its rating from 3 to 4 stars. Overall, these enhancements have significantly improved the album's quality and made it a must-listen for 2008 metal music.

 S&M 2 by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2020
3.55 | 13 ratings

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Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "S&M 2" is a double live album release (which in the days of vinyl would probably have been a three- or a four album release). The album was released through Blackened Recordings in August 2020. The title of the album refers to the 1999 "S&M" live album, which is a similar collaborative effort with Metallica playing along side the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. While the original "S&M" (1999) concert performance was conducted by Michael Kamen, the concert performance on "S&M 2" was conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and Edwin Outwater. The "S&M 2" concert was also filmed and given a theatrical release in October 2019. A Blu-Ray version was released simoultaniously with the live album.

"S&M 2" features 22 tracks and a total playing time of just little under 2 and a half hours. Needless to say it´s a massive body of music, but since Metallica have written so many instantly recognisable heavy/thrash metal tracks, the playing time doesn't necessarily feel that long. Disc 1 is dominated by post-"The Black Album" (1991) material, although it also includes "The Call of Ktulu" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (and of course a classical orchestra version of "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone, which is always the opening track at Metallica´s shows.

Disc 2 predominantly features "The Black Album" (1991) and pre-"The Black Album" (1991) material, although it also includes "The Unforgiven III" and "All Within My Hands", and a couple of classical music pieces (by Sergei Prokofiev and Alexander Mosolov).

Adding a symphonic orchestra to rock music is nothing new and several other rock and heavy metal artists have done it before (including Deep Purple and Metallica themselves as mentioned above), and with varying degrees of success. Honestly I was very critical of "S&M" (1999) when it was released, and I felt it was like standing in between a heavy metal band´s rehearsal room and a concert hall where a classical orchestra played. I don´t think that recording worked that well and the two parts of the music just never gelled. Thankfully "S&M 2" works much better and to my ears the heavy metal part of the music and the classical orchestra parts now function as a unit, and create a new and interesting take on Metallica´s music.

Metallica are as well playing as ever and the album features a superb sounding production job. Everything is audible in the mix and there´s some great audience interaction from Hetfield (relatively sparse, but it works) and you can often hear the audience sing along, which in this case is really nice and definitely enhancing the listening experience. So all in all I´m much more entertained and satisfied with this second "heavy metal meets classical orchestra" attempt from Metallica. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 I Disappear by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2000
2.74 | 26 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars Ah? the song that basically kicked off the whole Metallica/Napster ordeal waaaaaaaay back in the year 2000 (if you don't know about it, look it up!). After years of alternative rocking and symphony collaborations, this was an early sign of Metallica slowly turning a slightly harder corner with their music again. Sure, it's still hard rock, but it just felt like it was upgrading for the new millennium.

Anyway, nothing came of it, as Metallica ended up becoming the most hated band in the world for a while, lost their bass player, almost split up? etc. etc. It's been documented a million times over. No need for it now.

But this song? Yeah, this rocks! Had Metallica followed suite with this, rather than gone in the direction their careers went, things could have been totally different (not that their careers faltered in any way!). Great song! Totally naff single, mind you. It's only the one song, so it's totally pointless now. Unless, like me, you need to own everything.

 Live at Grimey's by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.33 | 3 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars What's interesting about this live EP is that it was recorded in "The Basement", a small, indoor music venue which is about as far away as you can get from the stadiums that Metallica are used to. Released in 2010 and only available in independent record shops and on the bands website, it's not the easiest CD to get hold of, especially in the UK, but I did it, and I spent upwards of £25 to get it (including postage).

But really, why bother?

Answer: because I'm a fan who has to own everything.

And that, is pretty much the only reason anyone would have for having this in physical format. It's not a terrible release, and the more intimate setting actually makes for a more chilled out vibe. But it's just so overdone. We've heard live versions of these songs so many times by now, that this EP, especially for the money spent, is just so pointless unless you're a super fan like me. Even more is that the band had put out two similar live EP's that same year, exclusive to Australia, which, you guessed it, I had to own.

Still, it's got a handful of the classics? 'Master of Puppets', 'Harvester of Sorrow', 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' and 'Seek and Destroy'? same old, same old. Decent enough sound quality and all that? but it's just such a pointless EP unless you're a diehard fan who needs to own everything.

 Through the Never by METALLICA album cover Live, 2013
3.41 | 11 ratings

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Review by Necrotica
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3 stars (Review originally written in 2013)

No matter how you look at it, it's pretty much universally agreed that Metallica are past their prime. While the band still tour relentlessly like always, their 80s heyday is now just a sweet memory and musical haven to fans looking to get their thrash metal fix. Even Death Magnetic, while attempting to recapture the old classic Metallica vibe, still saw a pretty mixed fan reception (but hey, at least it wasn't another St. Anger!). After their Lulu album with Lou Reed pretty much drilled their reputation even further into the ground, what was the next logical step? Make a concert film and cash in with another damn live record! Fancy that! Luckily though, this is probably the most entertaining and energetic Metallica effort in a very long time.

Let's begin with the worst and most obvious aspect of this album though. If you look at the track list, you'll already notice something exceptionally disappointing about this record: there are no surprises whatsoever. The setlist is the most predictable one you can imagine, with a slew of popular hits and rarely any lesser-known gems; the only one that's pretty notable is "...And Justice For All," since the band rarely played the song due to its length. The songs are largely played in the same way as they were in the studio, with a notable exception being the guitar tuning. Any song that was played in Standard-E tuning (as in, almost every song on here) is now played in E-flat tuning; this is actually beneficial because it makes the songs a bit heavier and more intense in the long run. As I said before, the real highlight of this record is its energy; these songs haven't been played this way by the band in a decade or two. Even with thrashier cuts such as "Battery" or "Hit the Lights" are played just as aggressively and quickly as they were in the 80s. Speaking of "Battery," that's an absolute highlight here; the solos and swift drumming still feel completely fresh and James' singing is still sufficiently gruff and intimidating. "Nothing Else Matters" and "One" hold up well in the "ballad" department as the band are still able to maintain a strong sense of dynamic control and retain their tight musicianship. Perhaps it's from years of playing these songs over and over, but the emotion is certainly still felt in these tracks and "One"'s more aggressive second half still manages to build on its first half's melancholic vibe extremely well.

However, the problem is that you still get a feeling of deja vu because of the aforementioned predictability of the setlist. Yeah, there are classics like "Master of Puppets," "Creeping Death," "Ride the Lightning," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," but why do we need to listen to yet another round of live renditions of these tracks? It seems pretty pointless considering the amount of live albums the band have already released, not to mention all the videos you can find online for these songs. Not only that, but there are some moments of sloppiness on the band's part. During one of the verses on "Nothing Else Matters," James' voice just starts going everywhere for some reason as he sings the word "anew." This isn't even one of the heavier moments of the song but rather a slow melancholic section, and the slip-up (or at least it seems to be a slip-up) sticks out like a sore thumb. Another example is the drumming on "For Whom the Bell Tolls"; Lars Ulrich just sounds a bit sluggish and some of the fills he performs are a bit odd. The first fill he does once Kirk's melodic guitar line starts sounds completely off, as if he lost his musical footing at that very moment and regained it during the next measure. Stuff like this seems nitpicky, but it really adds up in the long run and gets very annoying after a while. One more thing, and this is just a side-note: if the soundtrack/film is called Through the Never, why the hell wasn't "Through the Never" actually in it? That just seems baffling to me, but that's the last nitpick I'm mentioning.

So how is the Through the Never soundtrack? It's definitely a good live album if you're not sick to death of Metallica live releases, or perhaps this is your first time picking up one by them. Even then, I'd suggest getting the Live Shit: Binge and Purge collection if you want some of the band's best live material. Either way, despite its track list's predictability, Through the Never is a solid collection of Metallica tunes that benefits from (usually) solid performances and a healthy dose of energy that's quite frankly refreshing. It's a nice live effort, just not very essential.

 S&M 2 by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2020
3.55 | 13 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
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3 stars Here's the sequel of Metallica with the San Francisco Orchestra 20 years ago. The band plays on their central stage with all those classical musicians. It's night and day for the picture quality if I compare both concerts, the high definition makes all the difference. There are more quiet moments in the music than a usual Metallica concert and that is a good thing. There are also some classical pieces to brings things down after the heavy metal stuff. I'm not a fan of Heavy Metal, but I always enjoy seeing a Metallica concert and I have to admit that in this genre, they are on top. They started the show with their most progressive rock song: the instrumental ''The Call of Ktulu'' and after that, it's more than 2 hours of music nonstop with the orchestra that brings a little something to the music. I really enjoy watching this concert, the camera work gets you on the stage with the musicians, it's almost like being in the front row. I assume that all Metallica fans have this already and that I would not recommend this to all the prog-rock fans, so that's why I only give this 3.4 stars.
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