Metallica announce ‘S&M2’ live album and concert film

Capturing their 2019 performance with the San Francisco Symphony.

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.”

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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.

S&M2 trailer:

“Nothing Else Matters”:

“All Within My Hands”:

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