Metallica’s New Batch of Blackened American Whiskey Was Made to the “S and M 2” Playlist

Metallica released their latest album S&M² (Blackened Recordings) this past summer, as a live document (CD/Blu-ray) of their 20th-anniversary concerts in 2019. Now Sweet Amber Distilling Co. has announced the launch of Blackened American Whiskey’s Batch 106 expression, which has been sonically enhanced to an S&M² live album playlist. The new Blackened batch is sold in a limited-edition box featuring a unique, original design by artist Squindo that is a rendition of the sonic-enhancement process, making it the perfect gift or collector’s item. It can be purchased through or found at local retailers by visiting Blackened’s web site.Continue reading

Metallica to Release Delayed S&M2 Boxed Set This Summer

After missing their original release window earlier this year, Metallica will release their S&M² box set, featuring Metallica’s 2019 performance with the San Francisco Symphony will be made available in August. The news of the set’s release was broken by drummer Lars Ulrich, who chatted with Metallica superfan Tracey Bednar, a pediatric ICU nurse from Long Island, New York, during last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. During the quarantine, the ABC program is paying tribute to those who are on the frontline of the crisis. Last night’s #HealthCareHero was Bednar, who was surprised by Ulrich with VIP tickets to a Metallica concert and a copy of the “S&M²” box set signed by everyone in the band.Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 64 – Matt Harvey of Exhumed Talks Death Metal, Horror and Metallica

One of our favorite interviewees in person or the phone is Matt Harvey of Exhumed. Matt is as amazing to chat with as he is a guitarist and bandleader. Exhumed’s new album is the aptly titled Horror (Relapse Records) which came out just ahead of Halloween 2019, and he was in a spooky mood when we chatted. We talked about the new album, his proclivity for writing great OSDM songs, the consistency of the current lineup of the band, his favorite horror movies ever, and his thoughts on attending one of Metallica’s “S and M 2 Concerts” in San Francisco, earlier this fall, and more. Catch the band on tour through the start of December with Necrot! Continue reading

Watch Metallica Perform “No Leaf Clover” Live in Copenhagen

Metallica has shared another pro-shot video from their Worldwired Summer 2019 tour of Europe. Watch the band play ‘No Leaf Clover’ live in Denmark. After that tour wrapped the band went on to perform the track at both of their “S and M 2” shows with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra You can see the movie event from those shows one more time, here.Continue reading

Watch Pro-Shot Video of Metallica Playing “The God That Failed” Live in Portugal

Metallica has shared another pro-shot live performance video from their Worldwired tour! Watch the band perform their Black Album deep cut ‘The God That Failed’ below. Metallica just performed their two “S and M 2” concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra last weekend (review here) and will next take their worldwired tour to Australia and New Zealand, with Slipknot opening!Continue reading

REVIEW: Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony Live at the Chase Center

A Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony review was written by a band kid.

Full disclosure: I’ve known about Metallica since they were a four-line advert in the back pages of physical rock magazines. My first year of high school Kie C. gave me a mixtape of No Life Til Leather and Kill ‘Em All in the band room. I. Was. Hooked. Master of Puppets was released and I played it non stop. I learned to play the entire album on my flute, by ear. My first Metallica show was in 1986 when they opened for Ozzy. I was front row. That was my place for the next thirty-three years and nine countries consisting of 60 shows. It’s a lifelong love affair. Continue reading

Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony Perform Second Show at The Chase Center

Metallica performed last night with The San Francisco Symphony for the second time to complete their “S & M 20” performances this weekend, that opened the brand new Chase Center in the Bay Area, the bands’ hometown of San Francisco. They played essentially the same setlist as night one, playing hits and new classics. The band did perform the full version of the Kill Em All classic ‘Anesthesia… Pulling Teeth’, which is rarely performed anymore. The second show was not originally planned but was a thank you to fans and fan club members for getting screwed by bots buying up most of the tickets. The two shows were filmed for an exclusive global event next month, by Trafalgar Releasing. Watch fan-filmed videos below! Look for our review of night one coming later today! Continue reading

Watch Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony Perform at The Chase Center

Metallica performed last night with The San Francisco Symphony to crown their “S & M 20” performances this weekend, and christened the brand new Chase Center, the newest sports arena in the Bay Area. The band played old favorites, deep cuts and more recent tracks from the 2016 album Hardwired… To Self Destruct (Blackened Recordings). Ghost Cult will bring you a review of this show next week! The two-weekend shows are being filmed for an exclusive global event next month, by Trafalgar Releasing. Watch fan-filmed videos below!Continue reading