Metallica have announced the release of S&M2, a 22-track live album and concert film of their 2019 performance with the San Francisco Symphony.
This comes more than two decades after the release of S&M—which stands for ‘Symphony & Metallica’—in 1999, which was also a collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony.
S&M2 was recorded over two nights in September 2019, commemorating the opening of the Chase Center in San Francisco and the 20th anniversary of S&M. The concert film originally premiered in cinemas worldwide last October—but the upcoming film is a brand-new edit, with “both the audio and visuals have been taken to the next level,” the band’s official announcement touts.
S&M2 was initially slated for a release in June, but is arriving on August 28. In an official statement, Metallica explained the delay: “Unfortunately pressing plants and printers closed due to COVID-19 just as we were getting ready to manufacture the various configurations. We’re excited that we’re back on track, everything’s in motion, and we can finally get the music to you.”
Metallica have reportedly been working on a new album—the follow-up to 2016’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct—during the course of the coronavirus lockdown. While you wait for more details on fresh Metallica material, preview S&M2 with the trailer and two songs from the concert film below.
“Nothing Else Matters”:
“All Within My Hands”: